Franco German Reconciliation: Lessons for India and Pakistan

19 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2018 Last revised: 21 Feb 2018

Date Written: February 16, 2018


Post Second World War era was a revolution in itself due to an emerging trend of reconciliation in the European states which was unprecedented in the past due to power politics. Franco German peace process is a classic example of post second world war period that ended up centuries old rivalry and enmity between the both nationalist states and brought peace and stability in the whole region. This enmity was fueled with excessive nationalism from the both sides that compelled the both nations to train their new generations to build a strong military to fight with each other in this regard. Both the world wars proved to be a deadly battle for the mankind especially for both the French and German nations and at the end of the 2nd World War there was a dire need of reconciliation and integration that ultimately led to European Union and friendly relations were established between both the historically hostile nations when French President Charles de Gaulle and Chancellor Germany Adenauer signed a treaty of mutual friendship and now both the nations possess friendly ties.

Hostile relations between India and Pakistan are not centuries old but the clash of ideologies between the both newly born states led the region towards war and nuclear arms race making the region the hottest nuclear flash point. The paper will discuss and debate to which extend the Franco German Peace and Reconciliation Model could be applied or not be applied in the context of the Subcontinent carefully keeping in view the dynamics of the region.

Keywords: Reconciliation, Nationalism, Hostile, Nuclear Arms Race

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Shamim, Syed Jazib, Franco German Reconciliation: Lessons for India and Pakistan (February 16, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Syed Jazib Shamim (Contact Author)

University of Karachi ( email )

University of Karachi, Karachi 75220
Karachi, Pakistan

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