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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 or Verification? Accepting Vulnerability in the Making of the INF Treaty

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

(p.121) 6. Trust or Verification? Accepting Vulnerability in the Making of the INF Treaty
Trust, but Verify

Nicholas J. Wheeler

Joshua Baker

Laura Considine

Stanford University Press

This chapter uses the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as a case study to explore the relationship between trust and verification. It argues that the acceptance of verification measures has to be considered an act of trust, since it implies the acceptance of one's vulnerability as a result of an altered perception of the trustworthiness of one's opponent. More specifically, the chapter illustrates how Gorbachev's notion of trustworthiness toward the United States changed through the influence of his inner circle, his understanding of the dynamics of a security dilemma fed by mutual fear and mistrust, his trusting actions toward the development of a common security on an international level, and his personal relationship with Ronald Reagan.

Keywords:   INF Treaty, Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, verification, verification measures, Mikhail Gorbachev, trustworthiness, security dilemma, common international security, Ronald Reagan

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