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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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Trust between Adversaries and Allies: President George H. W. Bush, Trust, and the End of the Cold War

Trust between Adversaries and Allies: President George H. W. Bush, Trust, and the End of the Cold War

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(p.63) 3. Trust between Adversaries and Allies: President George H. W. Bush, Trust, and the End of the Cold War
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Trust, but Verify
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J. Simon Rofe

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798099.003.0004

This chapter investigates the central role of trust-building for the George H. W. Bush administration and its crucial significance in navigating the political transformations of 1990–91. Portraying Bush's foreign policy as driven by an effort to establish trust among adversaries to minimize risk and maintain order, this chapter shows how Bush and his key advisers, Secretary of State James A. Baker III and National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, crafted a strategy of personal diplomacy and caution. Analyzing in particular the demise of the Soviet Union in late 1991 as well as the 1990–91 Kuwait crisis, the chapter highlights the Bush administration's prioritization of reliability, steadfastness, and personal relationships in fostering a culture of mutual trust as key assets for U.S. foreign policy before.

Keywords:   George H. W. Bush, political transformations, Bush's foreign policy, culture of mutual trust, James A. Baker III, Brent Scowcroft, personal diplomacy and caution, Kuwait crisis

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