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Defining Germany’s military engagement : stuck between ambition and reluctance

Suchanek, Christiane (2015) Defining Germany’s military engagement : stuck between ambition and reluctance.

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Abstract:Germany’s foreign policy is continuously in the centre of scientific research trying to identify the underlying policy conception. For its international partners, it seems to be unclear in what kind of situations they can count with German military contribution. Due to Germany’s integration and influence in international institutions such as the NATO, the EU or the UN, it is an important issue for other governments to understand and predict Berlin’s decisions as joint military efforts require reliable associates. Therefore, the key question is: Under which conditions is Germany willing to deploy its military forces within the antagonism of ambition and reluctance? In order to answer this research question, the bachelor thesis will contrasts cases with and without German military participation in a comparative case study. Because of the reunification and its implications, there are only cases after 1990 included. Within the study, Maull’s civilian power theory is used as a guideline in order to explain foreign policy decisions. This approach enables to specify the conditions in which German troops are deployed to international operations, thus providing a better comprehension and prediction of future German military participation or its refusal.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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