Gulliver Unbound: The Changing Context of Foreign Policy

  • William E. Paterson


Willy Brandt’s lapidary aphorism ‘an economic giant, but a political dwarf,’ alerts us to the disparity between the power resources available to the West German state and its relative lack of autonomy and influence. The roots of this disparity were multifarious and complex. They included geographical position, the legacy of history, the security dependence on the United States, the vulnerability of Berlin, the nature of the foreign policy goals pursued by the federal government and the difficulties inherent at both a conceptual and operational level in its status as part of a divided nation. A central, but not exclusive, concern of this chapter will be to examine these grounds and to establish whether they have been transcended by unity. It will then consider some major foreign policy dilemmas facing the new Germany.


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© William E. Paterson 1992

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