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NATO's strategic adaptation: Germany is the backbone for the alliance's military reorganisation


Major, Claudia

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract In reaction to the Ukraine crisis, NATO allies decided at the September 2014 Summit in Wales on the most fundamental military adaptation of the Alliance since the end of the Cold War. The objective is a large scale reinforcement and reorganisation of defence capabilities. Collective defence has thereby been reinstated as the core task of NATO, requiring considerable political, military and financial input from all Allies. The focus of attention is, however, on Germany. First, Germany played a considerable part in shaping the Wales decisions. Second, the partners expect Germany to bear a substantial military and financial burden because of its economic strength. Third, Berlin placed itself under pressure to promote defence cooperation when it launched the framework nation concept in 2013. (Autorenreferat)
Keywords NATO; defense policy; security policy; alliance policy; Federal Republic of Germany; reorganization; military; armaments; military policy; collective security; expenditures; financial situation; stress; pressure-group politics; international cooperation
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords NATO Response Force; Multinationale Streitkräfte
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 16/2015
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications