Cooperation and Trust-building in Global Politics

Cooperation-and-TrustThis research theme within the ICCS focuses on the obstacles to building cooperation and trust internationally, and the possibilities for overcoming these through strategies, practices, and new institutional arrangements. Researchers within this area are exploring how adversarial groups develop new conciliatory processes; the contribution that other disciplines can make to understanding cooperation and trust at the international level; the role that processes of empathy can play in building new structures of cooperation; and the dynamics and possibilities of multilateral security cooperation.

Trust-building in Nuclear Worlds  |

This project was based until February 2012 in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, and was developed out of Ken Booth and Nicholas Wheeler's book The Security Dilemma: Fear, Cooperation, and Trust in World Politics

Questions we seek to answer:

  • How can multidisciplinary theorising about trust contribute to theories of security cooperation in International Relations?
  • How far has trust been neglected as a variable in explaining how conciliatory processes begin, and how they can be sustained so as to transform adversarial relationships into cooperative ones?
  • How important is empathy in building cooperation between adversaries? What is the relationship between empathy and trust?




Academic Links

Professor Nicholas Wheeler

Trust-building in Global Politics

Dr Naomi Head

The role of communication in conflict and the relationships between legitimacy, dialogue, empathy, and political violence.

Professor Lynne Cameron

The role of empathy and dialogue in post-conflict conversations

Mr Josh Baker 

The role of trust in Iranian-US nuclear negotiations  

Ms Laura Considine 

The role of trust and rhetoric in US-Soviet historical relations

Twitter - Nicholas Wheeler

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