Germany Says No: The Iraq War and the Future of German Foreign and Security Policy

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According to Dieter Dettke, Germany’s refusal to participate in the Iraq war signaled a resumption of the country's willingness to assert itself in global affairs, even in the face of contradictory U.S. desires.

Germany Says "No" reviews the country’s actions in major international crises from the first Gulf War to the war with Iraq, concluding—in contrast to many models of contemporary German foreign policy—that the country's civilian power paradigm has been succeeded by a ...

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Overview

According to Dieter Dettke, Germany’s refusal to participate in the Iraq war signaled a resumption of the country's willingness to assert itself in global affairs, even in the face of contradictory U.S. desires.

Germany Says "No" reviews the country’s actions in major international crises from the first Gulf War to the war with Iraq, concluding—in contrast to many models of contemporary German foreign policy—that the country's civilian power paradigm has been succeeded by a defensive structural realist approach. Dettke traces the implications of this change for Germany’s participation in multilateral institutions as well as bilateral relations with the U.S., France, Russia, China, and India.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Perspectives on Politics - Eric Langenbacher

Comprehensive description and penetrating insights from a seasoned observer of German foreign policy and the transatlantic relationship.

Yearbook of German-American Studies - Ronald J. Granieri

Useful insights into current events.

Survival

Despite its title, this volume addresses more than just the decision taken by Gerhard Schröder’s centre-left government in Germany to oppose Washington’s Iraq policy in 2002 and 2003... As Dettke intriguingly suggests at the end of his analysis, a more independent Germany working hard to maintain good relations with Russia could provide an important bridge to other parts of the world.

Yearbook of German-American Studies
Useful insights into current events.

— Ronald J. Granieri

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801894091
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2010
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dieter Dettke is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Security Studies Program and senior non-resident fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2006–7.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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