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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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“Footnotes” as an Expression of Distrust? The United States and the NATO “Flanks” in the Last Two Decades of the Cold War

“Footnotes” as an Expression of Distrust? The United States and the NATO “Flanks” in the Last Two Decades of the Cold War

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Trust, but Verify
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Effie G. H. Pedaliu

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798099.003.0012

This chapter explores the practice of “footnoting” of joint NATO documents by states such as Denmark and Greece as an expression of disagreement with nuclear policies within the Western defense community. Both Denmark and Greece had experienced a profound decline of trust in NATO's ability and willingness to protect their national interests. In addition, sociocultural and economic change, animosity toward the increasingly bellicose tone of the Reagan administration, and a politically convenient anti-Americanism both forced and allowed the Danish and Greek governments to issue dissenting footnotes to NATO communiqués, criticizing alliance policies. These footnotes therefore can be seen as manifestations of distrust that challenged the operation and harmony of NATO as an effective alliance, even if they could not thwart particular NATO decisions.

Keywords:   footnoting, footnotes, Denmark, Greece, joint NATO documents, nuclear policies, Western defense community, alliance policies, NATO

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