TITLE

Playing the muscle-man or new self- assuredness? Germany and the Iraq War

AUTHOR(S)
F├╝rtig, Henner
PUB. DATE
December 2007
SOURCE
International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies;2007, Vol. 1 Issue 3, p311
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article describes the catalysing effect of the Iraq War for the 'coming-of-age'of Germany and its foreign policy after decades of having a defensive and pacifist approach in general and of playing the part of a loyal and helpful junior partner to the United States in particular. Germany's political emancipation was a result of the reunification and the disappearance of the threats connected to the East-West confrontation. Following the Cold War, subordination under the American security umbrella no longer seemed necessary for German survival. Nonetheless, it took a dozen years for Germany to transform from a 'consumer'to a 'producer' of security - in Kosovo, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, Kuwait and elsewhere - until the Red-Green (Social Democratic and Green Party of Germany) coalition of 2002 was convinced Germany had the 'right' to be consulted by its partners before they undertook far-reaching political and military initiatives and that it had the 'right' to a differing opinion. Since the political convictions and biographies of the initiators of the 'German Way' seem to have had a decisive influence on their handling of the Iraq War controversy, a second foreign policy of similar calibre -this time under Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leadership - would be necessary to convince sceptics of the irreversibility of Germany's emancipation.
ACCESSION #
74482914

 

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