Participation or Rejection: A Study of Overseas Military Operations Decision in Post-Cold War Germany

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2022
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Haverford College. Department of Political Science
Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Department of German and German Studies
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One significant change in German foreign policy after its reunification is its involvement in military interventions in regional and global conflicts. On the face of it, Germany deviated from its "civilian power" identity established after the Second World War by participating in the offensive military operation in Kosovo. However, the opening of Pandora's box did not lead to German support of all military operations when called upon by its NATO allies. This thesis explores why did Germany participate in some extraterritorial military interventions but not others. More specifically, which factors affect its decision to participate in military interventions abroad? This thesis examines the change and continuity in Germany's policy towards the use of force based on four case studies of Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. This thesis argues that the pursuit of international influence and the right to speech is persistent, only it is expressed with different decisions in different phases.
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