Researchers have debated that the Ukraine War has been a struggle of "democracy vs. authoritarianism" between western countries and Russia. However, it is questionable if this view reflects the real situation. Moreover, the foregoing researches do not clarify the change of German security and energy policy from the idea level.
The presenter insists that the Ukraine war should be described as "Machtpolitik vs. post-power politics". Furthermore, he clarifies the change of German security and energy, as well as Indo-pacific and Eurasian policy of the Scholz government from the idea level.
German foreign policy militarized. Additionally, Germany escaped from dependency on Russia for energy structure. German "Leitbild" (guiding view) of foreign policy has been the integrated body consisting of ideas of "civilian power"- and "a normal great power"-These. However, it strengthened those of “a normal great power”-These during the Ukraine War, although it stands by the post-power political camp.
Yoichi Nakagawa, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
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