Accession Number : ADA506643


Title :   The Paradox of German Foreign and Security Policy: With Respect to National Energy Security


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Zahn, Tim


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a506643.pdf


Report Date : 21 May 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 51


Abstract : Values, interests, and perceptions are rooted in the ideals of Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism. These political theories, although not fully explanatory, provide the normative framework for the research in this work. Based on either political theory or public survey data the monograph will identify two significant contradictory trends. First, that a perceived unfavorable personal economic situation results in an increased rejection of international military engagement is a specific behavioral phenomenon by large parts of the German population. Second, an increased acceptance of the use of hard power means in times of material needs is rooted in the mental model of post-materialist theory. The author concludes that in contrast to post-materialist theories' findings, the German emphasis on a value informed defense and security policy will prevail, even when access to energy becomes more restricted and materialistic needs gain more attention by the population again. However, the author shows that comprehending the role of the military solely as what can physically be achieved is a step too short. Of greater importance is how the presence of military capabilities and the political will to consider this option is perceived. Risk aversion and the administrations need to meet the value informed expectations of the German people would lead to a greater emphasis on very specific military capabilities outside the popular focus. To overcome this development this monograph specifically takes the position that the German people need to reconsider.


Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY , *FOREIGN POLICY , RISK , MODELS , THEORY , SECURITY , ENERGY , POPULATION , SURVEYS , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , GERMANY , ACCESS , POWER , MENTAL ABILITY , POLITICAL SCIENCE , ATTENTION , POLICIES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Civil Defense


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE