ABSTRACT

This chapter concentrates on the concept of trust in security studies to investigate its potential for practising positive security. Social orders were powerful so much so that, defying the neoliberal institutionalist view that institutions facilitate mutual cooperation and understanding, NATO has often become a platform for competition. In fact, the Davos process was regarded as an unconventional method of conflict resolution by attempting to solve legal and political issues in an atmosphere of mutual trust. Greek and Turkish policymakers agreed to continue relations in low politics, with the expectation that the cooperation could lead to cooperation in high politics. Cooperative relations pertain to social and cultural relations, irregular migration, organised crime, economic cooperation in the Balkans and the Black Sea regions, energy transportation, education, and sports. However, historically produced ‘social orders' in both states' practices in relation to each other were determining factors. Practices towards the untrustworthy ‘other' were too powerful.