Germany: Reluctant Leader and Indispensable Power

James D. Bindenagel

University of Bonn, Center for Advanced Security, Strategy and Integration Studies

James D. Bindenagel, Senior Professor at Bonn University, is the author of “Germany From Peace to Power? Can Germany Lead in Europe without dominating?” published by Bonn University Press/Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. He is a former U.S. Ambassador and was the founding Henry Kissinger Professor at Bonn University. His career in German-American relations includes military, diplomatic, and academic assignments in West, East, and United Germany from 1972 to 2020.

In this article in the Globalist, co-author of AGI German-American Issues 12 Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel outlines Germany’s post-election future in the euro zone, broader foreign policy, and leadership in the international community. On all counts, Germany has a large role to fill and must be “sober-minded, cooperative.” Will reluctance impede progress in these areas? Ambassador Bindenagel is currently the Vice President for Community, Government, and International Affairs at DePaul University.

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