BILGIC, A., 2014. Trust in world politics: converting 'identity' into a source of security through trust-learning. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 68 (1), pp. 36 - 51.
In the discipline of international relations, the concept of trust has been theorised in two ways: the 'rationalist' approach and the 'normative' approach. This article aims to show that these approaches do not adequately reflect how trust operates in world politics and that trust provides a new way of understanding the identity-security nexus in international relations. It is argued that as actors learn to trust each other, this trust-learning process has a transformative effect on their definition of self-interests and identities. The elaborated understanding of trust in the security dilemma is operationalised in terms of the immigration security dilemma.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs on 31 Oct 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10357718.2013.841120