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Title: Kant vs Hobbes: elements of Germany’s emerging grand strategy
Author: Speck, Ulrich
Publisher: Elcano Royal Institute / Fundación Real Instituto Elcano, 2017
Series/Date: Analyses of the Elcano Royal Institute (ARI) No.67,2017 (11.09.2017)
Source Origin: Think Tank, Professional/public/political organisation
Source Type: Blog/Journal/Series
Notes: For decades, Germany has been embedded in three larger structures: (1) the transatlantic alliance; (2) European integration; and (3) the wider, US-led liberal international order. This international environment has been crucial for the country’s success, allowing it to become a stable liberal democracy and one of the most powerful economies in a globalised world. As all three dimensions of this order are currently looking fragile, and as a more ‘Hobbesian’ international order seems to be emerging –the return to classical power politics–, Germany has become a more active defender of the existing international architecture. Three dimensions of its emerging grand strategy can be identified: (1) keeping the US engaged in Europe; (2) maintaining the EU intact; and (3) engaging the challengers to the status quo.
Source URL: http://www.realinstitutoelcano.org/wps/portal/rielcano_en/contenido?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/elcano/elcano_in/zonas_in/ari67-2017-speck-kant-hobbes-elements-germany-emerging-grand-strategy
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Keywords: Germany external relations - Germany International Agreements
Subjects:  3.3.b - Political parties and Elections
 18.1.a - International organisations and groupings
Geographic Indicators:  European Union
 Germany: External
 Germany: Internal
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