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"Failed States and International Security:
Causes, Prospects, and Consequences"
Purdue University, West Lafayette
February 25-27, 1998
Grasping the Undemocratic Peace.
The Case of Latin America
by Lothar Brock
According to Charles Tilly (1990), wars make states and states make war. The number of
states in the present world has quadrupled since World War II, due to decolonization and
the break-up of the Soviet Empire. The United Nations was founded by forty-four states,
today it has some 180 members. Yet contrary to what Tilly's aphorism implies, the number
of international wars is going down while the number of intra-state wars remains high and in
some regions is going up (Wallensteen/Sollenberg 1996). How can we account for this state
of affairs? How can there be international order and intranational disorder ?
In their book on the `real world order' Max Singer and Aaron Wildawsky observe the
formation of `zones of peace' and `zones of turmoil' (Singer/Wildawski 1996). However,
the `zones of turmoil' are also marked by a relative absence of international war. Has this to
be viewed as a passing phenomenon? Will the international system return to `normalcy', i.e.
to a state of international war, after the internal wars in the `zones of turmoil' have been
fought out and more states will evolve which would be capable of waging international war?
I want to take up these questions by looking into the democratic peace proposition in the
light of the Latin American experience with peace and war on the international level. As a
region with some twenty-odd states, Latin America has suffered relatively few international
but numerous internal wars. Up to the 1990s, Latin America has been a region of `internal
conflict and international peace' (Calvert 1969). I want to find out to which extent the
democratic peace proposition can help to analyze the relative absence of international war
in Latin America and to which extent it has to be modified with a view to the Latin
According to Bruce Russett empirical evidence that democracies in general are unlikely to
go to war with each other by now can be considered as extremely robust, in that by
various criteria of war and militarized diplomatic disputes, and various measures of
democracy, the relative rarity of violent conflict between democracies still holds up. 
Jack Levy even claims that if anything, then the absence of war between democracies could
be regarded as an empirical law in international relations theory (Levy 1989, 88). Yet the
democratic peace proposition remains contested on various grounds.  David E. Spiro
objects that the samples used in order to empirically verify the thesis are too small (Spiro
1994, 1997). Christopher Layne refers to a number of near misses, where democracies
moved to the brink of fighting each other (Layne 1994). From a neo-realist viewpoint, the
proposition is flawed from the start since states' behavior is determined by the structure of
the international system and not by state-society relations. Thus John Mearsheimer claims
that non-fighting among democracies during the past fifty years was historically contingent
and that the recent change of the security environment may lead to increased hostilities
among states (including the possibility of a return to intra-European war) regardless of the
properties of their political systems or state-society relations (Mearsheimer 1990; Waltz
The present paper approaches the debate under a different perspective. First of all, instead
of looking into the correlation between peace and democracy, it addresses the possibility of
peace among states which do not constitute `mature Western democracies'. Secondly, the
paper takes up Ido Oren's plea to pay more attention to the `subjectivity of the democratic
peace' which he demonstrates with a view to the contingency of classifications of states as
democracies or non-democracies (Oren 1995).
As to the first consideration, Michael Doyle states that `there are many reasons not to go to
war other than liberalism' (1997, 366). Among these he mentions distance, exhaustion or
deterrence. However, as Doyle also points out, this is not the kind of peace the democratic
peace proposition has in mind. The latter rather refers to a stable expectation among
states that they will not resort to the use of military force in their mutual relations. The
question then is, whether such a stable expectation of peace (or non-war) can develop
Gerald Segal has recently observed that the clash between Taiwan and China of 1995-6
would not have happened under the former authoritarian regimes in both countries.
According to Segal, President Lee Teng-hui of Taiwan facing the first free presidential
elections in Chinese history, felt he had to win backing from the centre ground of the
electorate (...) by shifting to greater support for an enhanced international role for Taiwan.
Similarly, authoritarian China under Mao could decide more easily (as in 1958) to step
back from a crisis in the Taiwan Straits than can the current leadership, which cannot afford
to be seen to be weak on nationalist issues. (Segal 1997, 238, 240). So according to this
argument, authoritarian regimes, because they act with more autonomy vis a vis their
societies, may be better prepared to resist the lure of popular `crusades' against imagined or
real enemies than democracies are (cf. Soerensen 1992, 399-400). Using a contrasting
argument but arriving at the same conclusion, Stanislav Andreski (1980) has found that
military dictatorships are hesitant to indulge in international military adventures because the
domestic basis for doing so (i.e. for mobilizing support and resources) is too small and they
risk loosing power (as the Argentinean military actually did after the Falkland-Malvinas war
of 1982). Gleditsch and Hegre distinguish three levels of analysis and come to the
conclusion that on the inter-state level their are indications that autocratic dyads show less
proneness to war than mixed dyads (1997, 29). As Gates/Knutsen/Moses (1997, 3) point
out, the data processed by Russett and associates (Russett 1993, 79) suggest that next to
democratic dyads anocratic dyads show the lowest incidence of war, whereby
anocratic according to Ted Gurr's regime types refers to a polity with a low degree of
power and institutionalization (Gurr 1974, 1487). So the field seems to be wide open and
there obviously is the need to avoid the assumption of direct, let alone monodirectional
causal relationships between types of state-society relations and the incidence of war
(Gates/Knutsen/Moses 1996). This leads directly to the second methodological
consideration which underlies my approach, the subjectivity of the democratic peace.
The paper stresses the importance of `soft facts' as points of reference in a democratic
peace policy. Soft facts refer to realities in which external givens and perceptions merge. In
this respect, the paper joins, though cautiously, those who plead for a constructivist opening
of the debate on the democratic peace (Risse-Kappen 1994a; Peceny 1997). Mark
Peceny, in taking up the theoretically embattled issue of the Spanish-American War, has
demonstrated how a constructivist approach can help to cope with cases which opponents
of the democratic peace proposition tend to take as proof that the latter is untenable while
proponents of the thesis define such cases away as irrelevant (cf. Oren 1995 with a view to
the classification of late 19th century England, France and Germany). Peceny pleads for a
combination of a `structural idealist' approach à la Wendt (1992) or Kratochwil/Koslowksi
(1994) with a more Gramscian critique of ideology. I suggest to go one step further down
this road of eclecticism and to take ideational, institutional and structural factors into
account. Thus I will proceed on the following assumption:
Neither the properties of the political systems of states nor the structure of the international
system as such determine the external behavior of states. The latter rather reflects
preferences (emanating from specific state-society relations embodied in the political system
and the belief systems of societies), external challenges (reflecting international competition
for scarce resources) and institutionalized practices both on the national and the international
levels (reflecting the internalization of norms and rules). States behavior therefore has to be
seen, as Andrew Moravcsik has recently pointed out (1997, 520), in the context of policy
interdependence, according to which `the pattern of transnational externalities resulting
from attempts to pursue national distinctive purposes (...) imposes a binding constraint on
state behavior'. If we understand policy interdependence in terms of a distinctive
international milieu, state behavior may be regarded as a function of state-society relations
and the international milieu in which the states interact. This milieu, in turn, is constituted by
external givens (data) and by perceptions as they form under the influence of specific
state-society relations and institutionalized practices. State-society relations and
institutionalized practices also reflect identities which can be regarded as both, an outcome
and a shaping force of the political process. 
Under this assumption the democratic peace proposition should not be read as excluding
the possibility of war among democracies, but rather as stating that democracies are unlikely
to wage war in an international milieu perceived to be in accord with the norms and
procedures which come to bear in their domestic political processes. Vice versa,
state-society relations characterized by instability and violence as such do not lead to the
use of force in external relations. Whether internal conflicts are externalized in the form of
war depends on both, the specific patterns of state-society relations in each state and the
(perceived) international milieu.
Accounting for Peace. Theoretical Propositions
The mainstream critique of war in the 18th century, both in America and on the Continent
revolved around the idea that war does not pay. This implied that rulers could be persuaded
to refrain from waging war in their own interest because, as Friedrich Gentz would state at
the turn of the century, with the growing complexity of international economic relations even
a victory turned into defeat. This thesis, if anything, gained in popularity in the 19th and 20th
centuries. The Manchester School around Richard Cobden used it to justify the call for free
trade. In the early 20th century it served to justify the call for peace. Norman Angel
depicted the hope to gain from war as The Great Illusion. David Mitrany, in the interwar
period, took up the issue with his concept of functional cooperation which was to turn
peace building right side up (from World Federation to functionally specific problem
solving). Finally, in the context of the wider debate on interdependence which unfolded in
the 70s, Richard Rosecrance developed his concept of the Trading State. Rosecrance
claimed that for the developed economies it had become definitely more profitable to
expand economically than to conquer territory. 
However, the concept of peace through economic interdependence from the very beginning
has met with skepticism. Kant argued that interstate interdependence was not enough to
prevent war. Under the impact of the French revolution (which he welcomed while his pupil
Gentz detested it), Kant argued that the crucial point was the lack of identity between those
who decided on waging war and those who had to suffer the consequences. If the latter
were to decide they would think twice (sie würden sich sehr bedenken) before opting
for war because they stood to gain little and to risk much. This implied that it was in the
interest not of the rulers but of the ruled to refrain from war and that therefore, in order to
bring about peace, feudalism had to be replaced by a republican order. However, Kant
did not say, that those who had to carry the burden of war under no circumstances would
decide in favor of war. They would just be more careful in their decisions concerning war
and peace. In principle, the people, just like the rulers, under certain conditions could hope
to be able to win more than they feared to loose by war.
Therefore Kant was quite aware of the necessity of going beyond participatory government.
He pleaded for some multilateral bond between the republics which primarily was not
outward directed as a defense against the remaining non-republics but actually was to serve
as a vehicle for communication and cooperation among the republics themselves. This
federation or rather confederation of free states was to be based on a law of
cosmopolitan citizenship which would recognize the right of every human being to be
respected and left unharmed even outside the reach of the law of his home country. This law
was to foster a world-wide hospitality (as opposed to colonialism) which in turn would help
to strengthen the material and immaterial bonds between people around the world (Doyle
1983, 1996, 1997; Schmidt 1996).
The democratic peace debate of our days revolves around the task of specifying and
supplementing the Kantian argument. The respective efforts have been conveniently
summarized by Bruce Russett in his seminal 1993 study on the democratic peace.
Russett distinguishes two sets of arguments in favor of the democratic peace that come to
play: structural and institutional constraints of the external behavior of political units on the
one hand, norms and culture on the other. The first set of arguments implies that
decision-makers in a situation of international conflict between democracies can expect their
counterparts to be controlled by essentially the same checks and balances preventing
themselves from overreacting or from avoiding peaceful settlements (Russett 1993, 38sq.).
The second set of arguments refers to the political culture of democracies. If the latter is
characterized by a readiness to engage in dialogue in order to reach compromise than
democracies are likely to meet in the mutual expectations that all efforts will be made to
settle controversies between them in a way that takes account of the interests of both sides
(Russett 1993, 30sq.). Referring to political culture in this context implies that the norms
governing public affairs are internalized by all and not simply imposed by force or the threat
of force. Only to the degree that this is the case can democratic norms become effective in a
setting in which there is no overriding law and no monopoly of legitimate power to enforce
The above implies that participatory government in order to unfold its pacifying function
needs another participatory government as a counterpart. Democratic peace comes (at
least) in pairs or it does not come at all. From this it follows that mutuality is a salient feature
of the democratic peace. Though the democratic peace thesis establishes the importance
of domestic factors in external behavior, the need for mutuality points to the crucial role
played by the external environment (milieu) for the sustainability of a policy of peaceful
settlement of disputes. The crucial issue here is, however, that mutuality is not only
constituted by "hard facts", id est by regime attributes which are there for everyone to see
and which leave no doubt over space and time as to their interpretation or evaluation.
Rather, mutuality, though perhaps to a changing degree, is also subjective. As Peceny
demonstrates, US perception of Spain before the Spanish-American War ignored the signs
of a democratic transformation in Spain. Instead, Spain was viewed as the incarnation of all
evil, while the movement for independence in Cuba, conversely, was viewed as a
continuation of the American fight for freedom, as an expression of the American heritage
(Peceny 1997).  Oren has demonstrated how classification of late 19th century Germany
differs over time when present day classifications are compared with those by Woodrow
Wilson or John Burgess (1890) (Oren 1995). The variations in the perception of other
countries cannot be accounted for by referring exclusively either to interests or to beliefs. It
seems more plausible to recognize the importance of both, interests which are being clad in
certain perceptions in order to justify action in pursuit of the interests, and beliefs or
convictions concerning the other which are the expression of the norms and culture
prevailing in a country and as such go beyond mere instrumental ideologies.
In sum, it seems fair to argue that democracies due to their internal features are especially
geared to foster the idea of international unity and to open up for the establishment of those
material and immaterial bonds between societies and economies which in turn will
strengthen the willingness to compromise and to cooperate. Ideas and norms geared
towards cooperation this way would produce institutionalized practices which in turn would
reify cooperative ideas and norms (Weede 1995). However, the democratic peace
proposition gains in reach if subjective aspects of the problematique are taken into account.
In this respect it may be understood to address the inter-action between state-society
relations and their perceptions across two or more states with special reference to the
question to what degree a pair or a group of countries is understood to form a pacific
union.  To what extent can this conceptualization of the democratic peace problematique
help to explain the Latin American experience, and to what extent does the Latin American
experience call for a revision of the concept?
Undemocratic Peace in Latin America
Latin America is the product of war. The conquest of the region by the Europeans
proceeded as a violent projection of the reconquista onto non-European grounds.
Decolonization, with the exception of Brazil, again was accomplished by the application of
collective violence. Violence continued after independence. But it was mostly in the form of
internal war. After the Parguayan War (1864-1870) and the War of the Pacific
(1879-1883), the latter constituting one of the few `classical' international wars in Latin
America, international war in the region ceased to be a serious and continuing challenge to
the international order in the region if it ever did constitute such a challenge at all.
According to the Hamburg Research Group on the Causes of War (AKUF), 75 wars were
fought in Latin America between 1850 and 1990.  Out of these 21 could be defined as
international wars between Latin American and Caribbean states. Many of these wars,
unfortunately not all of them, were of the nature of locally confined encounters and most
were fought in the context of creating states after decolonization a process which
encompassed the bloodiest of all international wars in Latin America, the already mentioned
Parguayan war (1864-1870) in which three forth of the prewar population of Paraguay
were killed.  The number of international wars between Latin American (incl. Caribbean)
states went down from twelve between 1850 and 1900, to seven between 1900 and 1950,
and finally to four between 1950 and 1990 of which only one occurred in South America
(Peru-Ecuador border conflict). In contrast, the number of internal wars went from sixteen
in the first period to twelve in the second, rising to twenty one in the third period.
The political systems of most of the Latin American states during the entire period were in
flux. After independence all Latin American countries made formal concessions to the liberal
bourgeois ideology of the nineteenth century.  The US constitution formally served as a
model for many new constitutions. So did the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and
the Citizen (Wiarda 1990, 17). Latin American politicians and writers liked to present
themselves to be the true custodians of the enlightenment in America whose mission it was
to secure its heritage during the times of counterrevolution in Europe. However, the
wholesale embrace of democracy served only as the emphatic frame in which various
non-democratic safeguards against `disorder' were provided for in the political systems.
Among these were the dominance of the executive branch of government, the lacking
independence of the judiciary, and the role assigned to the armed forces as guarantor of the
constitutional order, a role which, as Wiarda states, `elevated the military into almost a
fourth branch of government' (Wiarda 1990, 18). This order combined a specific weakness
for strong leaders (caudillos) with a social stratification that was incarnated in the hacienda
system on the one hand, clientelistic relations between political power holders and their
social basis on the other. The order thus established did not brake with the old hispanic
traditions but was rooted in the latter (Wiarda 1995, ch.8). It rested on an organic and
corporatist understanding of the state. 
Since control of the state institutions implied also control over material resources, there was
an ongoing struggle over the access to state power with a concomitant tendency to hold on
to it by all means on the part of those who had achieved access. The result was forcefully
(but to no avail) lamented by Francisco Bilboa from Chile in 1862: `We have behind us a
half-century of independence from Spain. How many years of true liberty have any of the
new nations enjoyed? That is difficult to say; it is easier to reckon the years of anarchy and
despotism that they have endured.' All political groupings, Bilboa complained, had come to
rely on repression to further the cause of emancipation: `The conservatives, the reds, the
liberals, the democrats, the Unitarians, the Federalists, all have embraced dictatorship. With
the best of intentions the parties genially proclaim: dictatorship in order to do good.' 
In the last third of the 19th century, Latin America was systematically integrated into the
international division of labor as it developed in the wake of the second industrial revolution.
This entailed a substantial expansion of export-oriented economic activities accompanied by
a high influx of foreign capital which was invested not only in extractive undertakings
(plantations, mining) but also in infrastructural modernization. This process interacted with
political change which was not uniform but in general did not overcome the basic
characteristics of the Latin American political order outlined above.  In Mexico, Porfirio
Diaz established what would have been called in the 1970s a development dictatorship.
While under his rule considerable progress was made, both with a view to infrastructure and
economic modernization, this very success unleashed social tensions which erupted in the
Mexican Revolution. The latter was supposed to bring about a more equitable society and a
self-determined economic development but ended with the establishment of the long-lasting
one-party rule of the PRI which is only now beginning to make room for more political
In Argentina rapid economic development went together with a consolidation of central
political authority under the generation of the 1880s which, in accord with the export-led
growth, was rooted in the class of great landowners and the wealthy merchants connecting
the needs of the former with the world market. The facade of democratic government in the
form of a parliament was kept in place, but, just as in Mexico after the Revolution, the ruling
class in Argentina established some kind of one-party rule (unicato) by the National
Autonomist party which was formed for this purpose (Keen/Wasserman 1988, 219).
Under its rule, the economy boomed and illiteracy fell dramatically, but the distribution of
property and income changed just as dramatically in favor of the large landowners, whose
number expanded as land taken away from the pampas Indians in the `conquest of the
desert' (1879-80) was sold of in huge tracts at nominal prices to military officers and
politicians. As the export-led boom faltered, political opposition mounted. It was partly
based on the new urban (middle) class which organized in the Radical Party but also on the
incipient working class gathering in the Socialist Party. After almost two decades of partly
violent struggle an electoral law was passed in 1912 constituting universal male suffrage and
preparing the way for a retreat of the old ruling class even before the old division of labor
on which its power rested collapsed in the World Economic Crisis of 1929.
At the same time at which Argentina forced its internal territorial consolidation in the
`conquest of the desert' Chile turned its armed forces, which had just won the `War of the
Pacific' against Peru and Bolivia (1879), inward against the Araucanians. The defeat of the
Araucanians in 1882, just as the `conquest of the desert' in Argentina, opened up a vast
new frontier in the South. But political modernization in Chile started earlier than in
Argentina. The enormously rising state revenue from nitrate and copper exports lead to an
expansion of government activities in the fields of public education and public works.
However, unlike Argentina, were the depression of the 90s weakened the old oligarchy, in
Chile falling copper and nitrate prices as well as inflation stopped the emergence of a
progressive development pattern. With the help of a rebel army, a coalition of the old
landowners, bankers, merchants and mining interests closely linked to British capital took
over. This in turn, led to social struggles spurred by the Chilean Socialist party which was
much more revolutionary and much stronger than the Argentine Socialist party. Their
strikes, however, continued to be subdued by brutal force causing a great number of
casualties on the side of the Socialists.
In Brazil,  the victorious anti-colonial revolt of 1889 led to the proclamation of a federal
constitution guaranteeing private property as well as the freedom of press, speech, and
assembly. However, this meant little in the cities and almost nothing in the vast hinterlands.
The large landowners controlled entire populations in their reach, military formations
organized and commanded by self-styled commanders fought private wars and certain
territories were exposed to large-scale banditry (from which, however, poor people
suffered less than they often did from the reign of the landlords). When a labor movement
began to form in Brazil after the turn of the century, its activists were deported, imprisoned
or sent to forced labor on the construction site of a rubber-railroad in Matto Grosso.
Thousands lost their lives from tropical diseases for this undertaking which, due to falling
rubber prices, soon became obsolete.
While the Latin American economies had followed not only the ups but also the downs of
the international economy quite closely, there is general agreement that the period from the
early 1870s till the end of the 1920s allowed considerable growth and modernization. The
break-down of the international division of labor in 1929 and the ensuing depression
brought this period of export-led development (crecimiento hacia afuera) to an abrupt
end. This had not only economic but also considerable political repercussions. As far as
economic policy is concerned, there was the much debated shift to importsubstitution.
Contrary to what might be expected, this shift was an expression of the existing social
power balance in most of the Latin states, not of its collapse: Importsubstitution was chosen
because it allowed for a compromise between the interests of the industrial bourgeoisie and
of the landed oligarchy (which were linked to each other via cross-cutting economic
engagements anyhow). On the other hand, the role of the state in the economy expanded
and with this the institutional framework of reference for the representation of economic
interests changed. Thus in Mexico, the Cardenas government nationalized American oil
interests expanding the state sector considerably. At the same time it made serious efforts to
take up, if belatedly, some of the social aims of the Mexican revolution without, however,
abandoning one-party rule.
In Brazil, Getulio Vargas proclaimed the estado novo which in many respects took up
fascist development schemes though the `new state' was not based on totalitarian control
but rather on populist alliances. In Argentina, Juan Peron institutionalized populism as the
socio-political basis of a relatively open corporate state, while in Chile the political struggle
to cope with the new situation lead to a brief alliance between socialist and bourgeois forces
in a popular front (frente popular). Not only in these advanced countries but also in others,
the ideology of state-led economic modernization, combined with some form of social
equity and institutional reform, became popular. Thus Guatemala, in 1940, gave itself a
constitution which perfectly matched the most advanced social-democratic ideas for reform
of the time.
All this did not imply, that democracy was now finally on the doorstep of most of the Latin
American countries, but rather that there was a historic optimism that democracy and social
progress were possible, an optimism that was nourished by the positive effects of World
War II on the Latin American economies. The war functioned as some sort of externally
induced protectionism. It led to substantial export earnings which could have been invested
in internal industrialization had the latter not been misguided from the beginning through its
orientation towards importsubstitution. As things stood, there was no sufficient heavy
industry basis anywhere in Latin America to expand manifacturing. Importsubstitution
became more and more dependent on the import of machines in order to expand
manufacturing of consumer goods.
Since the import of machines was blocked during the war, many Latin American countries
amassed substantial foreign currency reserves. When the war ended these reserves could
not be used right away for importing investment goods since there was, due to the war, a
shortage of machinery on the world market. Thus the money was partly spent for consuming
purposes and partly simply evaporated into the thin air of state clientelism which had
received a big boost through the expansion of state bureaucracy. Especially the most
advanced countries suffered from the contradictions of importsubstitution in its famous
second phase (leading to an increasing demand for investment goods which had to be
imported). But in all countries the promises of development nationalism, populism and
reformism were broken.
As a result, the late forties and early fifties saw a wave of coups d'etat which were to little
avail with a view to solving the problems underlying social tensions. In a counter move, at
the end of the fifties, there seemed to develop new chances for democratization. Most
spectacular, incumbent dictators in Venezuela and Cuba were ousted. But in Cuba it was
more than that, it was the beginning of a social revolution which had the potential of igniting
revolutionary movements in other parts of the region (including newly democratized
Venezuela). As is well known, the US-Administration first under Eisenhower, than under
Kennedy, responded by putting pressure on Cuba and by taking up Latin American
demands for closer economic cooperation. Thus the Inter-American Development Bank
(which the Latin Americans had asked for since 1940) was finally created and the Alliance
for Progress (which took up an idea of Brazilian President Kubitschek) was called into life.
One of the central tasks of the Alliance was to foster democratization in Latin America in
combination with landreform and the diversification of economic activities. However, hardly
had the American republics professed to pursue these tasks when a succession of coups
forced the US-Administration to give up its proclaimed policy of non-recognition. Most
important in this respect was the military coups in Brazil, in 1964, which was sparked off by
the landreform policy of the Goulart government. With this coup and the prompt recognition
of the military government by the US, the Alliance for Progress and with it the scheme for
democratization which it embodied were dead.
What followed was the said story all over which Francisco Bilboa had bemoaned one
hundred years earlier: as guerilla wars spread in Latin America, as the contradictions of the
old importsubstitution policy sharpened, as Third World efforts to bring about a New
World Economic order failed, one government after the other was replaced by military rule.
At the end of the seventies, all South America with the exception of Venezuela and
violence-stricken Colombia, was ruled by the military. To be sure, the military in Brazil
seized power with an economic program that differed widely from that of the Chilean or
Peruvian military. But all were as undemocratic as one would expect a military regime to be.
While the Brazilian and Peruvian models of development collapsed, the Chilean military
functioned as an avant-garde for the transition from importsubstitution to export-led
growth on the basis of structural adjustment. That is to say it introduced to Latin America,
with the help of the `Chicago boys' the neo-liberal scheme of development through
privatization, deregulation and politically unrestricted integration into the world market.
The military regimes, for reasons which differed from country to country but which also
displayed a general pattern, began to step down in the early eighties and made room for a
hitherto unprecedented democratization in Latin America. Among the general factors
leading to this development, two seem to be of special importance. (1) The military had
`done their job' by virtually eliminating the guerilla as a threat to the state but they had at
the same time discredited themselves through their brutality which was exposed time and
again by human rights groups and official international organs (UN and inter-American
Human Rights Commissions) and which contradicted the self-image of the Latin American
societies as being part of Western civilization. (2) With the exception of Chile, the economic
competence of the military seemed limited. The debt crisis was in part attributed to the
performance of the military in the seventies. The military had developed vested interests in
the state-led economies which turned into obstacles for structural adjustment. Thus they
outlived themselves with a view to the economic situation as it had developed under their
The transformation that came about with the retreat of the military was without precedent in
Latin America (Diamond 1989). Today almost all countries of Latin America not only
proclaim their adherence to the ideals of democracy but also have undergone serious
reforms of their political systems in order to actually achieve democratization. This clearly
goes beyond the traditional swings of the pendulum between more progressive and more
repressive phases in Latin American history. However, democratization faces serious
problems and by no means can be regarded as completed even more than ten years after
the de-militarization began (Nohlen/Thibaut 1992). The idea of an independent judiciary has
still not taken root in most Latin American countries and public control of political power
remains ineffective. After a brief upswing in the first phase of the transition to democracy,
political parties face increasing difficulties in developing distinct political programs which
would be suited to rally political support (Werz 1997). Due to privatization and deregulation
the parties are not in a position any longer to `buy' support as they used to be able to do in
the old clientelist system. While this is very positive from the viewpoint of democratization, it
creates also a problem for the political process. The lack of a strong pluralist party system
may lead to authoritarian manipulations of democratic institutions as practiced by President
Fujimoro with his autogolpe in Peru. The much acclaimed civil society which did play a
vital role in bringing about the demilitarization of Latin American politics is by no means in a
position to take over the function of parties. In order to be successful, the organizations of
the civil society have to specialize in certain issue areas. This is counterproductive to
representing more general public concerns.
But Latin America is, of course, no monolith and their also is not only the alternative of
democracy and dictatorship but there are many stages in between to consider. Along this
line, Wiarda (1995, 232) suggests to take the possibility of an open corporatism as an
intermediary stage between closed corporatism or dictatorship on the one hand, democracy
on the other, into account. He also draws our attention to the fact that democratization
proceeds uneven in Latin America. There are considerable differences in the degree to
which countries have progressed with a view to the development of democratic institutions
and of a democratic political culture. A pessimistic reading of this would lead to the
conclusion that the most advanced countries today (Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay)
have been the most advanced in the past, too, and yet, with the exception of Costa Rica,
they suffered the worst repression of all Latin American countries under military rule. A
more optimistic reading would have it that these countries by their example will enhance
democratization in the other parts of Latin America. This could be encouraged by economic
ties which have been rapidly expanding throughout Latin America since the late 80s.  In
addition it could be argued that the recent crisis in East and Southeast Asia demonstrates
the shortcomings of authoritarian paths of development so that the respective model will
loose its attractiveness as an alternative to the democratic model.
State-Building, Militarization, Democratization and Peace in Latin America
Returning to and paraphrasing Charles Tilly, it can now be said that in Latin America war
made states, but the states that finally evolved did not necessarily make war. Whereas in
Europe the consolidation of the territorial state paved the way for international wars, in Latin
America the incidence of international war went down as territorial rule was established,
which took some sixty years to achieve. Whereas in Europe or in the larger Western
World, war receded as democracy spread, in Latin America the number of international
wars went down without a corresponding spread of democracy but in the face of
continuous efforts at democratization. Thus, for the larger area in Latin America and the
larger time span in its history, there has prevailed an undemocratic peace. The incidence of
international war was not affected by the ups and downs of political modernization before
the 1960s. Neither was it affected by the sweeping militarization and the ensuing
democratization from the sixties onward. This observation contradicts the findings of
Mansfield, Snyder and Wendt (1995)  that countries which undergo a regime change
are more likely to go to war than countries with no regime-change whereby the
war-proneness resulting from democratization is twice as high as the war-proneness
resulting from a change to autocracy. According to this finding, the incidence of international
war in Latin America should have gone up in the sixties and seventies and should have
skyrocketed in the eighties. But in fact it continued to go down over the total time span. The
only intra-Latin American military encounter of recent years, the border clash between
Ecuador and Peru of 1995, took place between one country that had undergone a process
of formal democratization (Ecuador) and one country in which the democratization process
had been turned back (by Fujimoro's autogolpe). In spite of the peculiarity of the situation,
this case could be subsumed under the thesis that democratization is especially war-prone.
However, the thesis as such does not carry very far with a view to what happened in the
entire region of Latin America over the time-span of four decades. Latin American
experience, in particular, does not support the view, that war may result from the nationalist
strategies used by the elites of democracy to mobilize support against the elites of the old
system in the process of democratization or from any other feature of democratization.
Against this finding it could be argued that all the international wars that did take place in
Latin America were wars among non-democracies or not yet mature democracies. But still
the question would remain, why in the by far largest contiguous area of the region, South
America, with the exception of the geographically limited border clashes between Peru and
Ecuador, there has not been any international war since the Chaco War (1932-35),i.e.
since sixty years (a period, by the way, that exceeds the OECD-peace). The democratic
peace thesis as it has been read up to now claims that democracies are less likely to go to
war with each other than authoritarian states. With a view to the Latin American experience,
however, it would make more sense to state that democracies have other reasons not to
fight each other than non-democracies. Which reasons may non-democracies have, beyond
distance, deterrence and exhaustion, not to fight each other?
With regard to this question let us turn back to the factors which are relevant for explaining
the democratic peace. As outlined above, there are four aspects of the problematique to be
taken into account: economic interdependence, institutional factors, culture and in close
connection with the latter the perception to form a pacific union. With a view to the first
factor, it can flatly be stated that economic interdependence among the Latin American
states, up to the 1990s, was certainly not among the major forces that shaped intra-Latin
American relations. The Latin American economic history is characterized by a high degree
of extra-regional dependence and a low degree of intra-regional exchange. This holds true
not only for individual states but for the region as a whole. Post-World War II efforts to
increase economic interdependence through the establishment of common markets and free
trade zones have been rather disappointing. Only with the beginning of the 1990s did trade
among Latin American states increase substantially. This was in part due to bilateral trade
agreements, in part to new regional integration schemes of which Mercosur is by far the
most important. While the bilateral agreements amounted more to a normalization of trade
relations, the new regionalism in Latin America displays a greater dynamism.  So
economic interdependence can become a politically important factor in the future but it has
certainly not been in the past. The latter could be interpreted as a non-territorial distance
between the Latin American states which helped to reduce the number of objects for
As to the second factor, institutional attributes of the political process, the democratic
peace proposition claims that the checks and balances in a democracy slow down political
decision-making while making it transparent at the same time. As outlined above, in most
Latin American states there was at most only the appearance of democratic institutions and
processes. But there was no functioning system of checks and balances. The judiciary was
part of a corporate power play, so was the military. The role of the latter as guarantor of the
constitutional order (along with wide-ranging provisions for a state of emergency which in all
too many countries became the state of normalcy) certainly was a far cry from democratic
checks and balances. So again, we run into difficulty in expelling international peace in Latin
However, there has been, among the Latin American states, a relatively high degree of basic
similarity in the way in which political processes functioned despite of the regional variations
in state-society relations. This similarity made it relatively easy for the political elites to
understand what was going on in the sister republics. In this respect they could be relatively
safe as to surprise moves among each other. It may sound too idealistic to talk of a high
degree of mutual understanding and confidence, but if taken in a more technical
non-normative sense (Rengger 1997), such understanding and confidence did exist. This is
not to say that there were no power-rivalries in Latin America. The relations between
Brazil, Argentina, and Chile were often overshadowed by such rivalries. In the 70s and 80s,
under military rule, these rivalries escalated into an arms race between Argentina and Brazil.
The latter was stopped as the military stepped down and made room for democratization.
However, with a view to the long history of these rivalries without war, it would seem
plausible to argue that the prevention of a further arms race between Argentina and Brazil
was not only the product of democratization, rather, democratization could work this way
because of the long tradition of non-war between the respective countries. In more general
terms it could be stated that Latin American political leaders had a very clear understanding
of the way in which the political process in the sister republics worked. This amounted to
transparency and the latter in turn allowed for a certain mutual trust in situations of conflict
(Rengger 1997). Under this perspective it would seem that, while peace may fare especially
well under democratic checks and balances, it can also be helped by mutual familiarity of
the governing elites with the political institutions and their functioning. 
If, however, familiarity with the institutions and practices of another state reveals the inherent
aggressiveness of the latter, this would, of course, not result in cooperation but in defection
(Axelrod 1984). This is were the importance of norms and culture becomes apparent. As
indicated above, the democratic peace proposition may be read to imply that Democracies
will rarely resort to violence in conflict with other democracies, because `in democracies,
the relevant decisionmakers expect to be able to resolve conflict by compromise and
nonviolence, respecting the rights and continued existence of opponents. Therefore
democracies will follow norms of peaceful conflict resolution with other democracies, and
will expect other democracies to do so with them'. In contrast `in non-democracies,
decisionmakers use, and may expect their opponents to use, violence and the threat of
violence to resolve conflict as part of their domestic political process' (Russett 1993, 35).
With a view to Latin America, this would clearly imply that international war should be quite
frequent since the domestic political process up to the 1980s and beyond has been marked
by a high degree of violence in politics. The high and, up to the 1980s, steadily increasing
number of internal wars testifies to this. Thus Latin American decisionmakers would have
had growing reason to `defect' in their mutual relations, steering more likely a course of
confrontation and of threatening or applying violence than of cooperation. But the contrary
was the case. As the number of intra-national wars went up, the number of international
wars among Latin American states continued to go down.
To explain this, we could refer to evidence presented by Russett et al. that `anocratic' states
tend to fight less with each other than autocratic states (Russett 1993, 79). An explanation
could be that they are so weak that they are completely absorbed by internal war.
However, with a view to the history of the Latin American state in the context of social and
economic development outlined above I would find it highly problematic to rest an
explanation of the undemocratic peace in Latin America on the general classification of the
Latin American states as anocratic.  Therefore I would like to offer another explanation.
It refers to the fourth factor: the construction of a pacific union.
Wiarda writes in his 1990 study of the democratic revolution in Latin America that the
democratic constitutions which the Latin American states gave themselves after
independence `were never meant to be lived up to; rather, and in keeping with a long Latin
American tradition that is still frequently followed, they were meant for the rest of the world
to see and admire, meant to show that Latin America on the surface was just as civilized
as other nationals. It was the intention of Latin America's founding fathers to provide the
appearance of democracy and republicanism but not its substance' (Wiarda 1990, 17). This
would imply that the democratic aspiration present in the history of Latin American
constitutional law never was more than blunt ideology to deceive the world in order to be
better able to keep and multiply existing privileges. There can be no doubt that this
observation grasps a good part of what the persistent proclamation of lofty ideals was all
about. Still I would like to propose a somewhat milder version of this critique.
If we understand culture not only as something we put on the wall to decorate our living
room with but rather as an expression of the basic need of all human beings to make sense
of their lives and thus of the world, we all have to live in (Geertz 1993), then lofty ideals
which accompany the whole history of a people should be read as more than pure ideology
(understood as a conscious effort to deceive the world). At least they should be read as an
attempt at self-deception. But even so it becomes clear that the purely instrumental
understanding of norms and ideas is not sufficient. I am referring her, of course, to the
debate on whether ideas matter in politics or not. I agree with those who are of the opinion
that they do.  Accordingly, I would like to offer the following reading of international
peace in Latin America.
In Latin America there has been from the very beginning not only a community of
ideologues trying to mislead the world about the true state of affairs in this part of the New
World. Rather this community of ideologues was also a community of those who searched
for meaning, who tried to state in an inspiring way what Latin American independence was
all about. In this respect, what happened in Latin America is not so different from what
happened in the North America. Few would denounce Thomas Jefferson as having been a
mere ideologue because he wrote the Declaration of Independence and yet remained or
rather became the second largest slave holder in Virginia. Jefferson expressed an aspiration
around which a new public order was built. This new order remained contested until the
Civil War. In Latin America, the libertadores took up the revolutionary aspirations of their
times as they had come to bear in North America and in France. But due to the different
constellation of power and interests in the former Spanish colonies these aspirations were
not strong enough to inspire the creation of a new order that broke with the political culture
of the colonial past. But even if the Latin Americans, while trying to deceive the outside
world, only deceived themselves, they still created a system of reference for upholding a
basic Latin American unity which was rooted in the common colonial experience and yet
had the potential to transcend it.
Thus it was more than a pompous but empty gesture when the libertadores at the Congress
of Panama in 1826, tried to combine emancipation from colonialism with the establishment
of some union among the former colonies. We are used to see only the failure of the
Panama-Project as of all other attempts, following randomly during the 19th century, to
bring the Latin American states together. But I think we should also see that the repeated
failures were the expression of a continuing aspiration to view Latin America as a
(subregionally differentiated) group of states which was distinct from other states
(Borja/Stevenson 1996). As Bolivar made clear from the beginning, the idea of a basic
Latin American unity did not comprise the United States. To the contrary. Latin American
unity was to ward of North American dominance. Ironically, the first organization under
which all Latin American states finally did assemble was brought about by the United
States.  The result was a regional system in which, however, the Latin American states
finally did form some kind of community, if only vis a vis the United States (Brock 1974).
This is not to say that the Latin American members of the Organization of American States
always tried to counterbalance US ambitions. Quite frequently, individual states or rather
governments tried to instrumentalize US power by voting with the US. Nevertheless, the
Interamerican system did serve as a forum for Latin American identity formation including
the construction of a Latin American culture with the help of art exhibitions at the Pan
American Union in Washington, DC.
Though the Latin American community of states within the Interamerican System was and is
a far cry from the kind of pacific union that Kant had in mind, the idea of a basic Latin
American unity and the way this idea was tied into the (US-sponsored) Western
Hemisphere Idea (Whitaker 1954), according to my reading, contributed to the prevention
of the externalization of conflict within the Latin American states. It did so by fostering the
formation of a habitual expectation that Latin American states would not go to war with one
another and that there would be a basic solidarity in dealing with non-Latin American states
as it came to bear, to the surprise of many, when Argentina went to war with Great Britain
over the Falklands/Malvinas. I do in no way suggest, to take Latin American rhetoric or
even the many efforts to integrate the region economically (and to that extent politically) at
face value. But I do think that they should neither be met with contempt when it comes to
explain the undemocratic peace in Latin America.
Latin American experience with war and peace at the international level displays a striking
feature. There is a remarkable continuity in the decline of the number of international wars
which stands in sharp contrast to the discontinuities in the development of state-society
relations. From the 1880s to the 1960s the search for public order produced solutions
which oscillated over time and space between more authoritarian and more democratic, or
closed and open corporatist models. In the early 1960s a sweeping repressive militarization
of all of Latin America took place which was superseded, in the early 1980s, by an equally
sweeping democratization. My attempt to account for the lack of correlation between the
development of state-society relations on the one hand, the occurrence of international war
on the other, suggests the following modifications of the democratic peace proposition.
(1) While economic interdependence is generally regarded as fostering cooperation,
international peace in Latin America developed before economic interdependence did. The
lack of interdependence can be interpreted as a non-territorial distance between the Latin
American states which helped to reduce the number of objects of possible disputes. Thus a
low degree of interdependence, by creating non-territorial distance, can foster peace just as
well a high degree of interdependence by creating closeness. From this it may be concluded
that there is no linear increase of the peace-proneness of interdependence but rather that a
medium level of interdependence is most likely to lead to conflict because their is enough at
stake to fight over but not enough to render such a fight counterproductive from the very
(2) With a view to the institutional prerequisites of peace, Latin American experience
suggests that transparency of political processes in the sense that all sides understand what
is going on in the other states and how the respective political systems work allows for a
certain trust or confidence in situations of conflict. Under this perspective it would seem
that, while peace may fare especially well under democratic checks and balances as the
latter can be expected to slow down political decisionmaking, peace can also be helped by
mutual familiarity with the political institutions and their functioning as such because this
would preclude inadequate interpretations of how decisions will be reached within the
opposing government (cf. Gleditsch/Hegre 1997).
(3) The Latin American experience calls for an inclusion of `the subjective factor' into the
analysis of the war-peace problematique on the international level. Accordingly, the
assumptions of the democratic peace proposition pertaining to norms and culture would
have to be modified in the sense, that a political culture which is conducive to international
peace can also develop in the form of imagined communities at the international level. The
latter does not necessarily have to be rooted in democratic practice, it can also be based on
democratic aspirations and on the construction of self-images that are in accord with
(4) The transition from an authoritarian to a democratic order may lead to political
fragmentation and thus encourage integrative politics based on taking a strong stand in
international conflicts. Thus the process of democratization may go along with increased
international confrontation. Fortunately, however, this is not necessarily so. In Latin
America, democratization up to now has not increased the propensity for international war.
Rather, by strengthening those aspects of the international milieu, which reward the ending
of violence in state-society relations, democratization as a general movement across the
region has helped to end internal wars in Central America. To put it in more general terms,
the international political implications of democratization are dependent as much on the
domestic power play unleashed by democratization as on the international milieu in which
democratization takes place.
What are the policy implications of these considerations? If there can be other forms of
peace than democratic ones, the democratic peace has to be viewed not only as an
analytical but also as a normative concept. Thus a policy guided by the ideas of the
democratic peace proposition would have to be a policy that consciously pursues both,
pacification and democratization. Transcending a country by country approach this would
include the task of creating an international milieu which can be perceived by states in
transition as being in conformity with the UN Charter. The perception that such a milieu
exists would support the internalization of international legal norms which is indispensable
for a stable peace among states as the internalization of rules is for upholding peace within
societies. In this respect, the OECD countries proper are called upon to stick to the rules of
multilateral cooperation and the pacific settlement of disputes.
The latter includes a new emphasis on input-oriented vis a vis output-oriented
legitimization. With a view to past interventionist practice in Central America, the foreign
policy decisionmakers in the US tend to think exclusively in terms of output legitimization.
Since with the signing of the peace accord in Guatemala intra-state war has now come to an
end in all of Central America, the general understanding seems to be that US policy,
whatever the means, was effective in supporting peace and democratization.  However,
as things stand now, the wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala have not been
ended but transformed into non-war (or Hobbesian) forms of violence. So there is a long
way to go in order to establish peace and the question has to be raised what external
intervention has contributed not only to bringing about peace but also to protract violence.
Democracy is not only about ends but also about means. Thus, input legitimization cannot
be replaced by output legitimization. When this lesson tends to be forgotten, interest in
public affairs dwindles. This is what is happening today in all the mature democracies. As
the notion of democratization gains in acceptance around the world, its substance threatens
to be hollowed out under the pressure of stiffening world market competition which favors
ends over means. This assumption points to the necessity to join the discourse on the
democratic peace with the discourses on the impact of globalization on state-society
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and the thousands of freedom fighers who sacrificed so much to bring the rule of law to their
own countries, the picture today-while far from perfect-is much brighter. Thugs like Fidel
Castro are now the exception, not the rule-and his days are numbered. He knows and we
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