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):

Report Date:

1993-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

192.0

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 Germanys 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.

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