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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 through Familiarity: Transatlantic Relations and Public Diplomacy in the 1980s

Trust through Familiarity: Transatlantic Relations and Public Diplomacy in the 1980s

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Trust, but Verify
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Reinhild Kreis

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798099.003.0011

This chapter investigates public diplomacy as an attempt to (re)build trust within the Western alliance during the late 1970s and 1980s. Public diplomacy was supposed to help prevent the alleged “drifting apart” of Western Europe and the United States, and to overcome suspicion of and mistrust in the partners' intentions and capabilities, both of which had been shaken during the 1970s and seemed to threaten the cohesion of the Atlantic alliance. Taking West German–American relations as an example, the chapter shows how increased public diplomacy efforts aimed at creating familiarity as a precondition of trust, trying to build on a societal level what is known from interpersonal contacts: trust through familiarity, generated via interaction and shared experiences.

Keywords:   public diplomacy, Western Europe, United States, Atlantic alliance, West German–American relations, familiarity

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