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‘Condemned forever to becoming and never to being’? The Weise Commission and German Military Isomorphism

Dyson, PTA (2011) ‘Condemned forever to becoming and never to being’? The Weise Commission and German Military Isomorphism German Politics, 20 (4). 545 - 567. ISSN 0964-4008

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Abstract

Despite several post-Cold War reforms which have promised far-reaching change, the Bundeswehr faces a set of deficits in force structures, capabilities, doctrines and military adaptation, which leave it in danger of slipping permanently behind its European partners. The study examines the extent to which reforms proposed by the Commission on Structural Reform of the Bundeswehr will remedy these deficiencies. It finds that the proposals of the Commission include several important measures which will accelerate German convergence with the reforms of its European partners. However, the Commission fails to address several fundamental problems which impair the Bundeswehr's capacity to adapt to ongoing operations. The article critically engages with the existing theoretical literature on German defence policy and highlights the utility of neoclassical realism in explaining the process and outcome of German defence reform. The study also points to the urgent requirement for further comparative scholarship on post-Cold War European military adaptation and civil–military relations in defence planning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in German Politics, 20 (4), October 2011. German Politics is available online at: www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644008.2011.606315.
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Politics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 14:25
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/27641

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