German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era

German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era

German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era

German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era

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Trying to describe and understand German foreign policy as it has evolved since the end of the Cold War is like attempting to hit a moving target. No sooner do President Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder celebrate the “unlimited solidarity” offered by the Germans to the United States after the terrorist attacks of September 2001, then the two find their relations chilled by Bush’s anger at how Schröder allegedly used “anti-Americanism” in his re-election campaign in late 2002. No sooner does Chancellor Schröder lay his job on the line by making parliamentary approval of Bundeswehr participation in the fighting in Afghanistan the equivalent of a vote of confidence, then he wins re-election in part by making clear his adamant opposition to a preventative war in Iraq. Earlier in the decade, solemn German declarations that the involvement of the German military in any action in Yugoslavia was impossible due to historical concerns (the behavior of the German Wehrmacht during World War II in Yugoslavia) gave way to Germany’s participation in missions in Bosnia and Kosovo and finally a leadership role in Macedonia. The evidence of the last decade might be said to allow a variety of interpretations of German foreign policy, but no clear signal about what drives that policy or where it is going. Nevertheless, in this book I argue that German foreign policy is more stable and predictable than it seems—that it is guided consistently by principles of multilateralism, cooperative institution building, the peaceful resolution of conflicts, and respect for human rights. I also put forth a proposition that is speculative, but potentially more important: German policy may be a model of how states can deal successfully with the turbulence and complexity of a world defined by globalization and interdependence.

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