Overt Peace, Covert War?: Covert Intervention and the Democratic Peace

@article{Downes2010OvertPC,
  title={Overt Peace, Covert War?: Covert Intervention and the Democratic Peace},
  author={Alexander B. Downes and Mary Lauren Lilley},
  journal={Security Studies},
  year={2010},
  volume={19},
  pages={266 - 306}
}
Proponents and critics of the democratic peace have debated the extent to which covert attempts by democracies to overthrow other elected governments are consistent with or contradict democratic peace theory. The existing debate, however, fails to acknowledge that there are multiple democratic peace theories and that inter-democratic covert intervention might have different implications for different arguments. In this article, we first distill hypotheses regarding covert foreign regime change… 

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