Golden arches theory

A modern variant upon the commerce (or capitalist) peace theory. Associated with Thomas Friedman, the golden arches theory claims that no two countries with a McDonalds would fight against one another. Friedman argued that when a country reaches a sufficient level of economic development it becomes a ‘McDonald’s country.’ The golden arches theory is however undermined by the Lebanese war (2006), conflict between Russia-Georgia (2008) and Russia-Ukraine (2014).