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Constructive engagement?

Davies, J. E. (2007) Constructive engagement? James Currey, Oxford, UK, pp256. ISBN 9781847013057

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Can 'constructive engagement' provide a bridge between the pursuit of national interest and concern for human rights? This book explores the experience of Chester Crocker, Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and his policy of 'constructive engagement' with Pretoria during apartheid. It is argued that the policy was, in part, a Cold War-driven attempt to maintain strategically important ties with the South African government, and it explores the repercussions of this. The book also explores the linkage of Namibian independence and Cuban troop withdrawal from Angola. The analysis of this policy has important relevance to the foreign policy dilemmas of today. Abuse of human rights can render some disenfranchised groups vulnerable to terrorist recruitment, and it is argued that Reagan's myopic globalism is being repeated in America's 'War on Terror'. The policy of 'constructive engagement' is once again being used as a diplomatic fig leaf for realpolitik, rather than as a vital tool of diplomacy.

Item Type:Book
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:No Reading authors. Back catalogue items
ID Code:40821
Additional Information:Also published: Athens, US: Ohio University Press Johannesburg, South Africa: Jacana Media
Publisher:James Currey

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