Germany’s Approach to Military Interventions between 1998 and 2013: A Continuation or a Change?
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Uniwersytet Warszawski
Publication date: 2020-06-25
Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations 2015;51(3):123–143
For a number of years, Germany had a very careful approach to military interventions. This attitude was connected with the self-restraint of Germany in the fields of its foreign and security policies, which resulted from the events of World War II. This article focuses on the years 1998–2013. The author puts forward the thesis that Berlin was acting less coherently during that time with reference to its contribution to military interventions. One could no longer observe a steady rise in the number of German troops engaged in international peacekeeping or peace-enforcement operations. Furthermore, it seems that many new factors were included in the decision-making process. In the author’s opinion, there was a major change in the scope of the motivation behind the approaches to some international security issues. Some justifications appeared for the first time in the political discourse, some other were losing importance. The sets of justifications were analyzed through Hanns W. Maull’s model of civilian power.