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Homeward Bound?

WithDavid G. Haglund, Olaf Mager

The ending of the Cold War will lead to a significant downsizing of Allied forces in Germany. The establishment of the Allied stationing regime in West Germany, with active German support, was also a recognition that the country's European neighbors needed some reassurance that it would not succumb again to the temptations of a militarized foreign policy. The conditions for a continuing, albeit modified, stationing regime will, during the post-Cold War years, be in large measure dependent upon the attitude of Germany. Quite apart from the felt need to provide a defense organization that could accommodate American involvement in European security in view of the nascent Cold War, North Atlantic Treaty Organization established the basis for the military integration of the Federal Republic of Germany into the West. The stationing of German armed forces on the territory of Allies would be an earnest that Germany had become and would remain fully recognized as a trustworthy and predictable security partner.