The demise of the Cold War continues to pose new challenges to
the international system. Central to these challenges is the extent
of German and Japanese security commitments within their regions
and to the global maintenance of peace and stability. It is
important to know whether two of the world's acknowledged economic
powers will play significant stabilizing roles. If they choose not
to, what are the reasons and what can be done to convince them that
their military might and political leadership are critical?
Certainly in the first decade since the end of the Cold War,
Germany and Japan did not fulfill the roles that their allies and
many realist scholars expected they would.
Haar seeks to explain German and Japanese reticence to assume
their anticipated roles. In order to undertake this task she
evaluates, various models of foreign policy. In the future, Haar
asserts, Japanese and German foreign policy are likely to remain
torn, with both practicing a have-it-all-ways policy. If their
allies, the United States in particular, continue to insist that
they bear more of the burdens of world security, then their foreign
policy must be better understood. This is a provocative analysis
that will be of particular interest to scholars, researchers, and
policy makers involved with German and Japanese foreign policy
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