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Trusting Enemies: Interpersonal Relationships in International Conflict

Nicholas J. Wheeler


How can two enemies, locked into a spiral of fear and insecurity, transform their relationship into a trusting one? Trusting Enemies argues that the field of International Relations has not done a good job of answering this question. This is because it has been looking in the wrong place. Where trust-building has been theorized by the discipline of International Relations, the focus has been on the state and the individual. This book argues that there is a need to appreciate the importance of a new level of analysis in trust research—the interpersonal. In its development of a theory of interpe ... More

Keywords: trust, international relations, adversarial, signalling, state leaders, interpersonal bonding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199696475
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199696475.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas J. Wheeler, author
Professor of International Relations, University of Birmingham