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Germany's Civilian Power Diplomacy: NATO Expansion and the by C. Arora

By C. Arora

This publication assesses the diplomatic course of effect taken through German decision-makers throughout the early nineties in pursuit in their carefully articulated curiosity in and dedication to the eastward growth of NATO.

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On closer inspection, there were three main reasons for the decision of the Schröder–Fischer government to break with Germany’s historically rooted and contemporary restrictions on an active militarily defined security role beyond NATO’s jurisdiction: the first reason for Germany’s military participation in this war lay in the governing coalition’s somewhat dubious pacifist past coupled with the fact that both parties were generally regarded as inexperienced in the conduct of foreign policy. 32 Germany’s Civilian Power Diplomacy As a result, it became an overriding concern of the new government to confirm its foreign policy credibility.

Leadership in the world clearly also shows no respect for the cultural values, beliefs, and legitimate interests of other nations in the world. Nye simply and unquestioningly assumes “the American way of life” to be in the interest of all nations. S. culture that is causing so much resentment in parts of the world that are equally proud and protective of their cultural values. Hence, it is in the absence of empathy for the legitimate interests, values, and beliefs of other countries that Nye’s notion of the purpose of soft power stands in stark contrast to Maull’s notion of the purpose of civilianizing power.

Accordingly, Hellmann asserts that if analysts were increasingly prepared to emphasize elements of change rather than those of continuity, such an approach would naturally yield different results allowing one to paint a clearer picture of foreign policy change. But, as Hellmann informs us, the dominance of the positivist method of inquiry in the field of foreign policy analysis has also done its share of damage in constantly yielding recurring patterns of apparently similar results. In consequence, he argues, assumptions of continuity can only be proven false by cases of default.

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