Germany's Geopolitical Maturation

Strategy and Public Opinion After the Wall

by Ronald D. Asmus

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This issue paper presents the key findings of a recent public opinion survey conducted for RAND by Infraetest Burke Berlin in late 1992. The survey was the most recent in a series of RAND-sponsored opinion polls that seek to understand the future of German strategic thinking and implications for U.S. national security strategy. This year's survey results contain good news for American policymakers on an array of issues. A majority of Germans look forward to the Clinton Administration and view a more concerted U.S. effort to confront its domestic problems as a prerequisite for a strengthened U.S.-European relationship. German public support for NATO, for an American military presence in Germany, and for a broader "out of area" role for the alliance is on the rise. Germans also support European integration and see a strengthened European Community as a basis for a new "partnership among equals" across the Atlantic. Finally, the German public overwhelmingly supports the government's efforts to combat right-wing extremism.

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