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German External Behaviour in Global Times: More Responsibilities, More Risks


Dozent/inProf. Dr. Klaus Segbers
SemesterWintersemester 2018
Veranstaltungsumfang2 SWS
RaumGarystr. 55 Hörsaal A

Do. 10:00 - 12:00 

(Registration required:  www.oei.fu-berlin.de/politik/anmeldungsformular/index.html)

German external behavior and foreign policy is debated and discussed not only domestically (‘taking over more responsibilities’). Voices in the German neighborhood are raising questions as well: Has German foreign policy since reunification become more “assertive,” like possibly in the Euro- and migration crises? Or is it securely embedded in European and global structures, like EU and NATO? How can Germany’s policy profile be characterized? Can Germany still be considered a Zivilmacht (civil power) and Handelstaat (trading state), despite the Bundeswehr being active in a number of military peacekeeping missions? Are German activities and engagement on the EU level still welcome, and maybe unavoidable, or are they alarming to others? Troubled relations with Russia, Turkey, the U.S., the Brexit challenge and rising populism all trigger rising expectations toward Germany in a world where the liberal order is threatened. What can be stated for sure is that Germany’s external relations, both on state and social levels, are more pragmatic and “normal” than at any time after the end of WWII. The goal of the seminar is to identify and discuss the contexts, structures, institutions and actors of the foreign policy landscape in Germany. Different approaches of global and international politics will be used to analyze and map this landscape. During the semester, the seminar will offer a historical contextualization of foreign policy in Germany, it will discuss the European dimension, regional foci, crucial and current topics as well as the interests and strategies of the different actors. This lecture uses the E-learning platform Blackboard. Please register under: http://lms.fu-berlin.de. The password will be given during the first lecture.

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