Concepts and Practices of Cooperative Security: Building Trust in the International System

Vincent Keating, Nicholas J Wheeler

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This chapter considers how the security dilemma can be overcome in ways that promote cooperation and even trust, mitigating or transcending the international uncertainty that can otherwise inhibit interstate cooperation. It argues that there are two mechanisms to create the trust necessary for the development of a security community, Charles Osgood's GRIT strategy and a unilateral 'leap of trust.' Both of these, however, initially require elites to develop security dilemma sensibility. The long-term stability of security communities is fundamentally linked to the presence of embedded trust among the states in the community, or where trust moves beyond the elite leadership in states to trust between the societies themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Legacy of the Cold War : Perspectives on Security, Cooperation, and Conflict
EditorsVojtech Mastny, Zhu Liqun
Place of PublicationLanham, MD
PublisherLexington Books
Publication date16. Dec 2013
ISBN (Print)978-0-7391-8789-0, 978-0-7391-9491-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7391-8790-6
Publication statusPublished - 16. Dec 2013
SeriesHarvard Cold War Studies Book Series


  • trust
  • security communities
  • cooperative security
  • France
  • Germany


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