Wednesday, April 11, 2012

An Introduction to Global Security

There has been a large variety of factors that contribute to the subject of global security. Global security focuses on fields of defense, intelligence, and exploration of homeland/international security as well as military intervention/prevention. The cooperation of countries participation can be expressed through policies and organizations.  All these elements need to be discussed in order to increase the centralization of international capabilities and initiatives.

Recently the Arab Springs have shown that there is a relationship between a state's economic/political stability and how the failure of such state can affect the region as well as global security. A significant discussion of transatlantic engagement of security is of high importance. The United States is considered a leading world power (even though recently declaring on taking a less proactive role in direct intervention) partnering and strengthening the relationship with another power like an economic leader of Europe, Germany, is crucial for future of global security. The current market of european politics has allowed Germany's political leverage to flourish in Europe. The influence Germany can have in the decision making process on security can create a stronger Europe, according to Royal United Services Institute

Global Security is a very broad and not an easy issue to tackle. However, Germany and US are participating in conversations that will allow in the short and long term to operational issues to be more concrete. Some organizations and policies that Germany and the US that participate in regarding global security since the 1990's are CSDP (Common Security and Defense Policy), NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), ISAF (international Security Assistance Force), and United Nations just to list off a few.

Current topics and issues that Germany and the United States are tackling involving security are strengthening diplomatic and development capabilities in post-conflict reconstruction. A human rights issue of focusing on individual securities of citizens as become a highly discussed issue. Because of the Somalia, Sudan, and Rwandan human rights violations the Responsibility to Protect or R2P has become a dominant actor. As well as "efforts to create, maintain and apply conflict prevention" around the globe politically and socially as reported by the Center for Transatlantic Relations.

"The US made it clear that it will reduce its commitment to international crisis management, redefine its strategic priorities, and expect the Europeans to assume greater international responsibilities particularly in Europe's own backyard." What does this mean for European countries particularly Germany?

Looking directly at Germany, they took a more passive role during the Cold war, and has militarily intervened in Afghanistan, but didn't have a vote in the NATO Libya intervention. The question of Germany being a key international actor has arisen. Its increase in economic stability should project that in the future it will have a strong influence of security. Post 9/11 the world has been through financial crises, budget cuts and in turn have ultimately caused economic insecurities that have forced countries to analyze their importance of political and military influence.

This in turn places importance on joint political engagement and the current expansion of discussion on the short and long term future of the world. Their are a lot of underlaying multifaceted issues to security. However, today Germany is important to the evolution of the Europe Union economy as well as to regional and global partners in security.

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