Accession Number : ADA483546
Title : The President and the Chancellor: German-American Relations, The 2002-2003 Iraq Crisis, and the Role of Personality in Statecraft
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis
Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
Personal Author(s) : Rothehueser, Patrick O'
Report Date : Jun 2008
Pagination or Media Count : 135
Abstract : This thesis investigates the influence of personal bias in the political leaders in the U.S.-German dispute in 2002-2003 over the Iraq campaign and the nature of the Atlantic Alliance in the 21st century in the face of a new international security environment. The focus is on the life experiences and the crucial influence of the two national-level decisionmakers, President George W. Bush and Chancellor Gerhard Schr der. The thesis examines the course of events and the shifts in foreign policy, after the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, in the two countries, in order to analyze the origins of the dispute. The study finds that the personalities and personal biases of the two protagonists at times outweighed and at times reflected political, strategic, and cultural factors during the escalation of the dispute between the traditionally close transatlantic allies. Examples of relationships between German and U.S. national leaders from the 1970s to the 1990s show that personality had always been a decisive factor in the bi-lateral relationship, but that statecraft and diplomacy prevented the escalation of policy disagreements and avoided the immoderate personalization of politics.
Descriptors : *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , UNITED STATES , POLITICAL SCIENCE , NATIONAL SECURITY , THESES , GERMANY , PERSONALITY , FOREIGN POLICY , LEADERSHIP
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE