Ostpolitik: Transformation through Communication and the Quest for Peaceful Change

@article{Niedhart2016OstpolitikTT,
  title={Ostpolitik: Transformation through Communication and the Quest for Peaceful Change},
  author={Gottfried Niedhart},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  year={2016},
  volume={18},
  pages={14-59}
}
  • Gottfried Niedhart
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
  • Ostpolitik during the era of Willy Brandt signaled a new departure in West German foreign policy. At first a latecomer in European détente, the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) became its pacemaker. With respect to both security matters and economic relations, the FRG emerged as the main partner of the Soviet Union in Europe. Starting from the international context, the article analyzes the dynamic that emanated from the formula Wandel durch Annäherung (change through rapprochement). The focus… CONTINUE READING
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