Accession Number : ADA276318


Title :   The German Debate Over Military Peacekeeping Missions: The First Step Toward an Eventual Combat Role


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Schmitz, Richard M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a276318.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 192


Abstract : This study analyzes the steps taken by the German Federal Government to transform the character of German security policy from the inner-German border to the strategic reality of the present. While this author believes quite firmly that the time is drawing near when German soldiers will participate in combat within the framework of collective defense and security in a future conflict, considerable obstacles to such a contingency remain. The study interprets the interaction of the elements of government, the military, political parties and the international system in the transformation of German defense policy since the shock of the Post-Cold War world has overwhelmed Atlantic security institutions. This thesis describes the strategic interaction of how Germany's political leaders have adjusted themselves to an unfamiliar and uncomfortable world of war and peace. In the process, Germany is discarding the security policy of so-called reticence, but what policy will replace it remains unclear. Germany, National strategy, Peacekeeping Debate, Political opinions, Politics of security. Post-cold war era, Role of armed of forces.


Descriptors :   *NATO , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *LEADERSHIP , *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , *GERMANY , *POLITICAL PARTIES , WARFARE , POLICIES , STRATEGY , ARMY PERSONNEL , INTERACTIONS , SECURITY , THESES , COLD WAR , CONFLICT , INTERNATIONAL , TRANSFORMATIONS


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Geography
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Defense Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE