The Efficacy of Nonviolence in International Relations: A Critique

Salla M.E. (1993) The Efficacy of Nonviolence in International Relations: A Critique. Australian Journal of Political Science, 28 3: 458-480. doi:10.1080/00323269308402254


Author Salla M.E.
Title The Efficacy of Nonviolence in International Relations: A Critique
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-030X
Publication date 1993-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00323269308402254
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 3
Start page 458
End page 480
Total pages 23
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract This article critiques the view posited by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Helder Camara and Danilo Dolci that nonviolence is a principle that can be successfully applied in international relations. The critique aims to analyse their arguments proposing the efficacy of nonviolence, determine which of these have theoretical rigour and validity, and comment on the implications for the study of international relations. In order to conduct the critique the arguments proposed by the above theorists will be classified into three categories. The first comprises ‘proscriptive arguments’ that war between nations should be precluded, thereby ascribing efficacy to nonviolence by virtue of its being a generic term for alternative modes to war for resolving international conflict. The second category contains ‘prescriptive arguments’ that indicate nonviolence is chosen for factors that make it a viable alternative to war for resolving international conflict. The final category examines the ‘domestic analogy’ which argues a purported correspondence between nonviolence and natural law, and the latter's extension from the social to the international sphere.
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