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In international relations , a rapprochement, which comes from the French word rapprocher (“to bring together”), is a re-establishment of cordial relations, as between two countries. [1] In the political scene of an individual country, rapprochement means the bringing together of diverse political factions as, for example, during metapolitefsi in Greece .
Other examples of its use are the mending of relations between the United States under Richard Nixon and the People’s Republic of China from 1972 onwards. Additionally, the period known as détente , or “relaxation”, between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1970s was a time of rapprochement.

Rapprochement also refers to a human developmental milestone usually occurring between 15 and 24 months. The child moves away from and then returns to the mother for reassurance [2] .

Notes[ edit ]

  1. ^ “rapprochement – definition of rapprochement in English from the Oxford dictionary” . oxforddictionaries.com.

  2. ^ Rapprochement subphase of the separation individuation process., Margaret Mahler, 1972

References[ edit ]

  • Mahler, M. S. (1972) Rapprochement subphase of the separation individuation process. Psychoanal. Q., 41: 487–506.
  • Solan, Ronnie (1991). “Jointness as integration of merging and separateness in object relations and narcissism” . Psychoanal. Study of the Child. 46: 337–352.
  • Solan, Ronnie (1998) Narcissistic Fragility in the Process of Befriending the Unfamiliar ]. 1998 Psychoanal. Amer. J. Psycho-Anal., Vol. 58: (2) 163–186.
  • Solan, Ronnie (1999). The Interaction Between Self and Other: A Different Perspective on Narcissism. Psychoanal. Study of the Child, 54: 193–215.
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      | \ˌra-ˌprōsh-ˈmäⁿ,


      Definition of rapprochement 

      : establishment of or state of having cordial relations


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      communion , fellowship , rapport

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      Officials hope that these talks will lead to a rapprochement with the rebels.

      The possibility of rapprochement between the two countries seems unlikely.

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      Senior German government officials have warned in recent months that U.S.’s aggressive trade posture was forcing Germany into a rapprochement with other leading powers, including China, India and Russia.

      Trefor Moss, WSJ, “BMW to Take Control of China Joint Venture in $4 Billion Deal,” 11 Oct. 2018

      South Korea’s Hyundai business group built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during a previous era of rapprochement between North and South Korea, and a joint game was played there in 2003.

      Kim Tong-hyung, chicagotribune.com, “North and South Korea begin basketball friendlies in latest peace gesture,” 4 July 2018

      Analysts have also linked the talks — and any suggestion of a possible rapprochement — to uncertainty caused by US President Donald Trump, who is threatening both countries with a range of punitive trade measures.

      Ben Westcott, CNN, “China, Japan and South Korea to hold first top level talks since 2015,” 1 May 2018

      So this is a remarkable moment of French-American rapprochement.

      Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, “Europe Reveals Its Latest Strategy for Managing Trump,” 24 Apr. 2018

      This moment of diplomatic rapprochement was helped by three other crucial factors.

      James Stavridis, Time, “What America Must Do Now, After North Korea’s Summit with South Korea,” 27 Apr. 2018

      Taiwanese officials fear that any rapprochement between the pope and the Communists could result in a huge diplomatic setback for the island.

      The Economist, “The pope and China may be close to a deal on appointing bishops,” 26 Apr. 2018

      South Korean Presidents are limited to a single five-year term in office, and previous rapprochement with North Korea under liberal governments has been derailed by future conservative administrations.

      James Griffiths, CNN, “Could Trump and Kim agree to a peace treaty ending the Korean War?,” 9 June 2018

      Beijing and Moscow’s rapprochement is driven by a strong personal relationship between Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, seen as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong.

      Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, “Putin heads to China to bolster ties as US pressure grows,” 6 June 2018

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      First Known Use of rapprochement

      1809, in the meaning defined above

      History and Etymology for rapprochement

      French, from rapprocher to bring together, from Middle French, from re- + approcher to approach, from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiare — more at approach

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      : the development of friendlier relations between countries or groups of people who have been enemies

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