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Trust, but Verify: The Politics of Uncertainty and the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969-1991

Martin Klimke, Reinhild Kreis, and Christian F. Ostermann


This book uses trust—with its emotional and predictive aspects—to explore international relations in the second half of the Cold War, beginning with the late 1960s. The détente of the 1970s led to the development of some limited trust between the United States and the Soviet Union, which lessened international tensions and enabled advances in areas such as arms control. However, it also created uncertainty in other areas, especially on the part of smaller states that depended on their alliance leaders for protection. The chapters in this volume look at how the “emotional” side of the conflict ... More

Keywords: trust, international relations, Cold War, détente, United States, Soviet Union, alliance, protection, conflict, superpowers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804798099
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Klimke, editor
New York University, Abu Dhabi

Reinhild Kreis, editor
University of Mannheim

Christian F. Ostermann, editor
Wilson Center

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Martin Klimke, Reinhild Kreis, and Christian F. Ostermann

I. The Personal Factor

II. Risk, Commitment, and Verification: The Blocs at the Negotiating Table

6. Trust or Verification? Accepting Vulnerability in the Making of the INF Treaty

Nicholas J. Wheeler, Joshua Baker, and Laura Considine1

III. Between Consolidation and Corrosion: Trust inside the Ideological Blocs of East and West

IV. On the Sidelines or in the Middle? Small and Neutral States


Deborah Welch Larson

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