On 6th October 2015, the ICCS held a workshop at the University of Birmingham. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together experts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives to discuss trust and deception in international politics. How do trust and deception affect each other? Why, when, and how do leaders and policy-makers attempt to deceive each other and their publics? What are the available tools to detect deception? Can trust be built in an environment in which deception is perceived to be the norm? Scholars convened to tackle the theory and application of their current research.

The workshop brought together experts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives to discuss trust and deception in international politics. How do trust and deception affect each other? Why, when, and how do leaders and policy-makers attempt to deceive each other and their publics? What are the available tools to detect deception? Can trust be built in an environment in which deception is perceived to be the norm? Scholars convened to tackle the theory and application of their current research.

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Download the transcript: Trust and Deception: Conceptualising Trust and Deception (PDF 191KB)

Chair: Nicholas Wheeler (University of Birmingham)

  • Guido Möllering (Jacobs University) - How Trust and Deception Enable and Prevent Each Other
  • Nicholas Wright (University of Birmingham) – Organic deception and its limits: the human brain, the United States and China
  • Geoffrey Bird (King’s College London) – How good are we at detecting deception?

Download the transcript: Trust and Deception: Empirical Applications (PDF 178KB)

Chair: Dani Nedal (Georgetown University)

  • Ian Apperly (University of Birmingham) – The double-edged sword of perspective-taking
  • Marcus Holmes (College of William and Mary) – The Promises and Pitfalls of Deception Detection
  • Eszter Simon (University of Birmingham) – Establishing Interpersonal Trust in the Age of Pervasive Distrust: The Creation and Symbolism of the Moscow-Washington Hotline

To request a transcript please contact: Coss-communications@contacts.bham.ac.uk.