What is the Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention?

Last Updated Jan 28, 2008 2:45 AM EST

Golden Arches image by The Consumerist [cc, 2.0]Thomas L. Friedman said in The Lexus and the Olive Tree that no two countries with McDonald's within their borders have ever been in a war since having a McDonald's. Friedman thinks it's because countries that are economically tethered have too much at stake to go to war. The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention has its critics and its fans, but the overarching premise is that globalization is a sure-fire step towards peace. Friedman may have a point, but something tells me a few McDs cropping up in Iran may not have the desired effect.

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