constructive engagement, noun phrase

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Coined by Chester Crocker, a former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Africa.
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A policy by which the United States administration (under President Ronald Reagan) regulated its relations with South Africa during the 1980s, favouring the maintenance of ties with the government in the hope of influencing developments towards the creation of a democratic society.
1983 Financial Mail 29 July 58Despite the Ronald Reagan administration’s policy of constructive engagement with SA, the deep anti-apartheid sentiment in the US is surging to a crest in Congress this summer.
1985 J. McMahan Reagan & the World 100Sentimental moralizing about the rights of the black majority in South Africa would have to be subordinated to a healthy sense of American self-interest, and the administration soon announced that its policy toward South Africa would be one of ‘constructive engagement’ rather than ‘confrontation’.
1989 Daily Dispatch 31 Jan. 12A former university professor who has been an Africa specialist for 30 years, he (sc. Crocker) first came to former President Reagan’s attention through his ‘constructive engagement’ theory advocating co-operation rather than confrontation with Pretoria.
1991 Sunday Times 7 Apr. (Metro) 21More than a decade ago he authored America’s policy of constructive engagement towards South Africa.
A policy by which the United States administration (under President Ronald Reagan) regulated its relations with South Africa during the 1980s, favouring the maintenance of ties with the government in the hope of influencing developments towards the creation of a democratic society.
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