Dieter Dettke, a Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a Current Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center

During the 20th century German militarism was at the heart of two devastating world wars and untold human suffering. Today, the Germany of the 21st century presents a dramatically different face to the world. With a foreign policy that emphasizes multilateralism and a philosophy based on its civilian identity, Germany is assuming a leading role among the world's conciliatory powers. Dieter Dettke explains both cause and effect.