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Trusting Enemies Hardcover – May 15, 2018
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"Wheeler has written an interesting account on how to initiate trust building on the basis of different theoretical insights." -- Carina van de Wetering, E-International Relations
About the Author
Nicholas J. Wheeler, Professor of International Relations, University of Birmingham
Nicholas J. Wheeler is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security at the University of Birmingham. His publications include Special Responsibilities: Global Problems and American Power (with Mlada Bukovansky, Ian Clark, Robyn Eckersley, Christian Reus-Smit, and Richard Price, CUP 2012), The Security Dilemma: Fear, Cooperation, and Trust in World Politics (with Ken Booth, Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), and Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society (OUP, 2000), which was shortlisted for the International Studies Association's Best Book of the Decade award. He is also co-editor of the Prestigious series Cambridge Studies in International Relations.
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The book is a great addition to the increasingly sophisticated literature on truth commissions and will be beneficial to students, academics, and practitioners of international relations and diplomacy.
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This academic work goes into all of the political and personal to-ing and fro-ing in great depth - both the lack and the build up of trust and all the attendant psychological, political and behavioural aspects. It goes through a range of real-world examples to illustrate the points it makes. And it all sounds very nice and very sensible - if only nobody had any hidden (and not so hidden) agendas. Oil being the main one, control of drugs another.
Unfortunately, this is not the book for such frivolous exercises. This is very much an academic study of interpersonal relationships and although there are examples given throughout the book, it was not a pleasure to read and as I am not intending to become a specialist in the field, it was a bit hard going at times to have to get back to the book.
That said, the book is well structured, laid out and well argued throughout and the theories make sense. The writing could be less dry, but I can't fault the contents.