ABSTRACT

New Germany and Nuclear Weapons: Options for the Future   [open pdf - 117KB]

"This article first explores the issue of whether German motivations for obtaining nuclear weapons in the future exist or may develop by discussing the historical background regarding German attitudes about nuclear policy - the past German motivations and resulting debates over obtaining nuclear weapons. Second, it examines possible motivations in terms of the changed security concerns brought by the end of the cold war. What are the various security scenarios and plausible options and, in turn, their related effects on German nuclear decisions? Third, this article analyzes the influence of nonsecurity motivations. These motivations may stem from German efforts at producing an integrated political and cultural identity (i.e., political community) as part of the ongoing unification process. Can these nonsecurity aspects also act as an impetus for German desires to become a nuclear power? Last, this article includes overall conclusions and possible policy implications for the United States and the US Air Force."

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1996
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Public Domain
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Airpower Journal Special Edition 1996), v.10, p.67-78
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