This concluding chapter sums up the findings laid out in the preceding chapters and suggests directions for further research. It asserts that trust and mistrust, while intangible and subjective, deeply affect relations among allies, adversaries, and neutrals by influencing perceptions and beliefs. So far, trust is analyzed in this book as a goal, strategy, process, and emotion. Although trust and mistrust are usually conceived of as interpersonal constructs, as the previous chapters illustrate, they may be studied at the individual, societal, and alliance levels. Thus, this chapter offers some further insights on the nature and definitions of trust and how these have played out according to the narratives laid out in the previous chapters, before concluding with a discussion on the development of trust.
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