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Germany’s Cognitive Dissonance on Security Assistance: A Barrier to Better Protecting Civilians

Germany's evolving engagement in crisis contexts and the challenges it faces due to the lack of an overarching vision in its foreign policy.

Despite increasing involvement in conflict zones through troop deployments and security assistance, Germany struggles to manage the dilemmas of engagement and mitigate unintended harm.

In this blog published in 49security, examples from Afghanistan, Mali, Iraq, and other regions highlight the disconnect between Germany's security policy and its top-level vision.

There is a need for a new National Security Strategy to provide clarity and structure, enabling the development of effective mid-level policies. Civilian harm reduction, partner support, and accountability are all necessary to align Germany's security posture with current realities and international standards.

Read the blog published in 49security here.

Suggested citation: Gaston Erica. "Germany’s Cognitive Dissonance on Security Assistance: A Barrier to Better Protecting Civilians," United Nations University, UNU-CPR, 2023-02-08, https://unu.edu/cpr/article/germanys-cognitive-dissonance-security-assistance-barrier-better-protecting-civilians.

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