Monday, July 30, 2012

Germany's Merkel Wants A Weapons Export Policy That Promotes Stability

Merkel's Risky Weapons Exports -- Ulrike Demmer, Ralf Neukirch and Holger Stark, Spiegel Online

Drawing lessons from Afghanistan and Libya, German Chancellor Merkel has been making quiet changes to Berlin's arms exports policy. Instead of intervening in conflicts, she wants to help arm certain countries to provide stability in crisis regions. But if history is any guide, the plan could backfire.

When it comes to global issues, German Chancellor Angela Merkel often strikes a high-minded tone. In a keynote speech she delivered at the 2011 Munich Security Conference, she spoke of the "obligation to pursue value-based foreign policy." She also frequently says that no compromises can be made on human rights. And, in her view, the greatest thing to come out of the NATO summit held in Chicago this May was that Germany successfully pushed through passages related to nuclear disarmament in Europe.

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My Comment: I wish her luck in trying to maneuver this 'fine line' of exporting weapons to only countries that will provide stability in crisis regions

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