Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement by Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen

By Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen

This ebook is set the transformation of Germany’s safeguard and protection coverage within the time among the 1991 Gulf conflict and the 2003 war in Iraq. The publication strains and explains the response of Europe’s greatest and very likely strongest kingdom to the ethnic wars of the Nineteen Nineties, the emergence of large-scale terrorism, and the hot US emphasis on pre-emptive moves.

Based on an research of Germany’s strategic tradition it portrays Germany as a safety actor and shows the stipulations and bounds of the hot German willingness to take part in overseas army main issue administration that built over the 1990s.

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By October 1990, at the outset of the outof-area debate, a re-unified Germany found itself surrounded by friendly nations in a re-unified Europe where the Soviet threat was quickly receding. Arguably, international cooperation had proved beneficial to the extent that it obtained inherent value across the political spectrum. It proved instrumental in realising German goals to the extent that it became a goal in itself. 61 A realist might charge that the focus on historical responsibility, past, and partners, and the lack of discussion about national interests and military matters that characterised the 1990s out-of-area battle were nothing but window-dressing aimed at reassuring nervous neighbours.

The analysis aims to discern long-term trends and broad logics. German parliamentarians may hide their true motivation for opposing or supporting a specific out-of-area deployment. But a systematic longitudinal study of more than twelve years of Bundestag debates pertaining to the out-of-area question is likely to provide insights into the general logic of security thinking of different groups. It is likely to reveal the ordinary patterns of thinking about security policy, the issues and arguments considered most important, notions about Germany’s international role, and the prevalent threat perceptions or aversions.

All active German forces were placed under the direct command of the Supreme Allied NATO Commander in Europe (SACEUR). The new Bundeswehr also lacked an independent military ‘brain’ in the form of Joint Chiefs of Staff and joint-service planning headquarters. Germany thus depended on the military planning capabilities of NATO headquarters in Brussels. 23 Within Germany, civilian control and oversight were reinforced. 24 Furthermore, the internal organisation of the armed forces was democratised and the military culture sought to be civilised.

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