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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.
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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