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This report examines the German debate over peacekeeping, how Germany is moving to shed the constraints on the use of German armed forces, and the potential role that Germany might play in future peace support operations. The German Supreme Court has ruled that there is no constitutional ban on the use of German armed forces beyond Germany's border. The German cabinet has also approved a plan for the restructuring of the Bundeswehr. Taken together, these events present a de facto blueprint of German plans to build military capabilities from which a future German contribution to peacekeeping will be drawn. This "second birth" of the Bundeswehr is designed to give a modest but potent capability to project military forces and operate as a key ally in future coalition operations beyond Germany's border.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Germany's New Geopolitics

  • Chapter Three

    Reassessing German Strategy

  • Chapter Four

    Peacekeeping: Not Whether, But When and How

  • Chapter Five

    Unanswered Questions

  • Bibliography

This report was written for the project "Increasing the Availability and Effectiveness of Non-U.S. Forces for Multinational Peace Operations," conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of RAND's National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, and the defense agencies. The project is sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement Policy.

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