Germany's Conundrum with the Red Sea Mission

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Red Sea Attacks


What does Germany want? Although Germany does have experience working with partners at sea in that part of the world, said Ed Arnold, a fellow at RUSI, shooting down Houthi-launched missiles aimed at international shipping would be significantly more complex than fending off groups of more lightly-armed pirates. A multi-national coalition is both a political as well as a military statement — but if Germany chooses not to participate in a significant way, Berlin “opens itself up to criticism of Zeitenwende,” Arnold said, referring to the government’s shift to become much more serious about defense in the wake of the war in Ukraine. If the country stays on the sidelines, it will just be “the same old Germany,” he said.