The New "Special Relationship": Redefining America's Strategic Partnership With Germany
Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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Germany is the undisputed economic and political powerhouse of Europe. However, the balance of Berlins instruments of national power is disproportionate, underscoring a long-standing doctrine of military restraint. President Joachim Gaucks 2013-2014 calls for Germany to assume more global responsibility have materialized via several forms Germanys significant contributions in Afghanistan, response to Ebola, delivery of weapons to the Iraqi Kurds, and attempts to diplomatically resolve the crisis in Ukraine. As Germanys influence on the international scene increases, so must its commitment to invest, train, and employ military forces in defense of the international order from which it has so greatly benefited. The United States should encourage Germany in this regard and must take into account power shifts in the European status quo. Washington should deepen its political, economic, and military ties to Germany, investing in the long-term special relationship of the future.