The New German Security Debate

  • Oliver Ramsbotham
  • Hugh Miall


The federal elections in December 1990 underlined the fact that in the security field there was now a new agenda in German politics. From 1949 to 1989 the question of security had been conditioned by the underlying long-term project of overcoming the division of Germany. Now that this had been achieved, the whole context of security thinking changed. The national consensus which had emerged in the second half of the 1980s was a broad one, accommodating wide divergencies. Traditional ‘realist’ instincts were still powerful, but were now challenged by an increasingly articulate and convincing ‘transformationist’ programme. It was within this continuum that the new agenda was defined and argued out. The hope seemed to be that the new Germany could now play a key role in the further development of (West) European integration and East-West normalisation, and thereby begin to take on a world role under the aegis of the United Nations.


Foreign Policy Nuclear Weapon Foreign Minister European Parliament European Security 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Ramsbotham
    • 1
  • Hugh Miall
  1. 1.School of Peace StudiesUniversity of BradfordUK

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