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Trusting EnemiesInterpersonal Relationships in International Conflict$
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Nicholas J. Wheeler

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696475

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199696475.001.0001

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(p.270) Conclusion
Trusting Enemies

Nicholas J. Wheeler

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The Conclusion is divided up into three sections. The first section sets out the implications of the book’s theory of bonding trust for signalling theory in IR. It explains how the greatest likelihood of accurate signal interpretation depends upon a relationship of bonded trust between the receiver and the sender of a signal. It identifies the challenges to such a theory (for example, the problem of lack of capacity on the part of state leaders and the problem of ‘future uncertainty’). The second section of the chapter identifies five policy implications of the theory. The final section of the Conclusion identifies the key directions for future research on trust in IR.

Keywords:   bonded trust, bonding process, betrayal, involuntary trust defection, future uncertainty, leaders

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