ICCS Reseach Fellow presents work in Germany on the institutionalization of trust

Dr. Eszter Simon from the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham (UK) presents her research at Witten/ Herdecke University on the institutionalization of trust and the birth of the Moscow-Washington hotline in December. 

Dr Simon has been invited by Witten/ Herdecke University to discuss the use of emergency inter-governmental hotlines. In the presentation, she will discuss questions such as under what conditions trust may be institutionalized, what institution-based trust is, how President Kennedy and Chairman Khrushchev arrived at mutual trust as a consequence of the Cuban Missile Crisis and how this trust was institutionalized into the hotline. Understanding how trust is institutionalized has broader implications not only for the potential creation and use of additional leader-to-leader hotlines, but for the management of conflict and crisis in both politics and business.

This paper is a continuation of the research that Dr Simon is pursuing on the Moscow-Washington hotline, and represents an emerging collaboration with Prof Guido Moellering and the Reinhard Mohn Institute. Prof Moellering recently contributed to the ICCS workshop Finding Trust in Social Sciences, which was held on 21st September 2017.

Dr Simon’s recent co-authored article,  The Soviet use of the Moscow–Washington Hotline in the Six-Day War, was published in June 2017.