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The declining probability of war thesis: how relevant for the Asia-Pacific?

Richardson, James L


This paper examines the reasons why it is commonly held that the underlying conditions which shape world politics at the present time are highly favourable to the avoidance of major war, and inquires into the implications of this thesis for the Asia-Pacific region. It suggests that arguments relating to democracy and peace, and the changing attitude to war in modern industrial societies, are inconclusive in the regional context, but that arguments concerning the changing costs and benefits of...[Show more]

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Date published: 1996
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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