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Is 'The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention' imperilled?

This one:


"In his book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Thomas L. Friedman proposed The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention, observing that no two countries with a McDonald's franchise had ever gone to war with one another, a version of the democratic peace theory. Shortly after the book was published, the NATO bombing of Serbia proved the theory wrong, though in a later edition Friedman argued that this exception proved the rule: the war ended quickly, he argued, partly because the Serbian population did not want to lose their place in a global system "symbolised by McDonald's".

I've also heard it said that as NATO itself does not have a Maitre D's, the theory should stand as not disproven.

Anyway, Iceland is about to lose its two McDonalds as they import all the raw materials from Germany, and the fall of the Icelandic Crown has made it uneconomic.

So, Cod War II, here we come?

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Blogger All Seeing Eye said... 9:31 pm

Russia v Georgia over South Ossetia? (McD's in 1990 and 1999 respectively)

Plenty of other skirmishes you could argue the toss over, but that one was a bang-to-rights Theory breach.

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Blogger Croydonian said... 9:50 pm

Ssshh. Fair comment - I only spotted that right at the end, but lacked the will to spike the post having got that far...  



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