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The Art of Creating PowerFreedman on Strategy$
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Benedict Wilkinson and James Gow

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851163.001.0001

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Trust and International Relations

Trust and International Relations

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The Art of Creating Power

Richard Ned Lebow

Oxford University Press

The importance of classical sources and a social approach to understanding questions of international security is developed in this chapter, alongside the concepts of trust and deterrence, all important in Freedman’s scholarly world, especially his Strategy: A History. The study begins with Sophocles and Plato, linking trust to friendship, and viewing both trust and society as co-constitutive phenomena. While deterrence and realist models of international relations assume that trust is in short supply, following the great figures of ancient Greece, in reality, trust will be more widespread the more robust the society is. The chapter explores the importance of honor and reputation. It concludes, after Plato, that trust comes the demonstrable willingness to do things for friends that have nothing to do with one’s own goals. Treating others as friends builds security through co-constitutive interaction. This applies to societies and states, as well as individuals.

Keywords:   Trust, Deterrence, Friendship, Classics, Plato, Sophocles, Interaction

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