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Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement

Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780719072680
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701386 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719072680.001.0001
Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement

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This book is about the transformation of Germany's security and defence policy in the time between the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 war against Iraq. It traces and explains the reaction of Europe's biggest and potentially most powerful country to the ethnic wars of the 1990s, the emergence of large-scale terrorism, and the new US emphasis on pre-emptive strikes. Based on an analysis of Germany's strategic culture, it portrays Germany as a security actor and indicates the conditions and limits of the new German willingness to participate in international military crisis management that developed over the 1990s. The book debates the implications of Germany's transformation for Germany's partners and neighbours, and explains why Germany said ‘yes’ to the war in Afghanistan, but ‘no’ to the Iraq War. Based on a comprehensive study of the debates of the German Bundestag and actual German policy responses to the international crises between 1991 and 2003, it provides insights into the causes and results of Germany's transformation.

Keywords: ethnic wars; large-scale terrorism; pre-emptive strikes; Germany; strategic culture; military crisis management; war in Afghanistan; Iraq War; German Bundestag; international crises

Book.  195 pages. 

Subjects: European Union

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Introduction in Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement

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Studying German strategic culture in Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement

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A post-war history of German security culture in Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement

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From the Gulf War to Somalia: cracks in the old consensus in Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement

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Back to the Gulf: limits and possibilities of the new consensus in Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement

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The Bundeswehr: a force for good? in Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement

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The Bundeswehr’s projection capability in Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement

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