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Trust, but VerifyThe Politics of Uncertainty and the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969-1991$
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Martin Klimke, Reinhild Kreis, and Christian F. Ostermann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804798099

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804798099.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Trust, but Verify

Martin Klimke

Reinhild Kreis

Christian F. Ostermann

Stanford University Press

This introductory chapter explores the dimensions of trust and how these are understood in the context of the Cold War. It shows how trust and distrust are, as emotions in general, often stated but rarely integrated systematically into analyses of international relations. Yet employing the concept of trust as a category for analyzing historical processes opens up new perspectives on the dynamics of international relations, the entanglement between international and domestic spheres, and relations between structural and personal aspects. The second half of the Cold War, as the chapter shows, is especially suited for an initial attempt to discern the relative weight of trust and mistrust and how such considerations may affect political dynamics and relationships. Finally, the chapter provides a brief overview of the following chapters.

Keywords:   trust, distrust, mistrust, emotions, Cold War, international relations, historical processes, emotions scholarship, political dynamics and relationships

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