Accession Number : ADA325016

Title :   The Current German Debate on the Role of Force: A 'New Nation and a New Statesman'.

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Jackson, Deron R.

PDF Url : ADA325016

Report Date : 14 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : American policy makers must understand the fundamental limitations on what Germany can be expected to contribute in future NATO operations such as the peace implementation mission currently underway in Bosnia. This paper will therefore analyze the deep divisions which exist within Germany regarding the role of force in international relations. The first section concerns the influence of history, law, and military practice that have shaped current attitudes toward military power and the role of the armed forces in a democratic society. This is followed by an analysis of the positions of the major German political parties across the spectrum from Right to Left. Next, specific trends are identified which are working to force Germany toward a decision in favor of professionalizing its armed services. Finally, the impact of the gradual evolution of Germany's view of the role of force on its relations with the United States and the European Union is considered.

Descriptors :   *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *WEST GERMANY, FOREIGN POLICY, NATO, MILITARY HISTORY, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), MILITARY CAPABILITIES, POLITICAL PARTIES, NATIONAL DEFENSE, POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE