The Debate on SDI in the Federal Republic of Germany

  • Klaus Gottstein


When President Reagan, in his speech of March 1983, called on the scientific community to create an effective defence system against nuclear weapons and announced his decision to set up a large research programme to this effect, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany was caught by surprise. Not having been consulted, it did not feel committed to this project. Even one year later, in April 1984, Minister of Defence Manfred Woerner warned against a system protecting the United States against attacks from space on the grounds that it might destabilise East-West equilibrium and decouple Western Europe from the United States, perhaps even split the Western Alliance.


German Firm Green Party Defensive System EUROPEAN Dimension Missile Defence 
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    Dieter Senghaas, ‘Strategic Defense Initiative — Ansatzpunkte für eine Lagebeurteilung’, Neue Gesellschaft — Frankfurter Hefte, Vol. 32/9, (September 1985).Google Scholar
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    Klaus Gottstein, ‘Psychological Obstacles to Arms Reduction and Possibilities for Creating Mutual Trust’. Lecture at the International Conference of Scientists and Scholars: Can we prevent World War Three?, Vienna, July 1985.Google Scholar

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