This chapter considers how the security dilemma can be overcome in ways that promote cooperation and even trust, mitigating or transcending the international uncertainty that can otherwise inhibit interstate cooperation. It argues that there are two mechanisms to create the trust necessary for the development of a security community, Charles Osgood's GRIT strategy and a unilateral 'leap of trust.' Both of these, however, initially require elites to develop security dilemma sensibility. The long-term stability of security communities is fundamentally linked to the presence of embedded trust among the states in the community, or where trust moves beyond the elite leadership in states to trust between the societies themselves.
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Legacy of the Cold War: Perspectives on Security, Cooperation, and Conflict, 2013, p. 57-78