Steven Pinker calls this the Golden Arches theory in his 2011 best-seller The Better Angels of Our Nature. The point here is that trade between nations and economic development is a pacifying force reducing the likelihood of interstate conflict.
It is brought up in chapter five, titled; The Long Peace. The question that was raised, is why is it that since the second world war there has not been a major conflict between superpowers.
Steven goes on further to explain this by invoking this quote by Robert Wright.
"Among the many reasons I think we shouldn't bomb the Japanese is that they made my minivan."