sum·​mit·​ry | \ ˈsə-mə-trē How to pronounce summitry (audio) \

Definition of summitry

: the use of a summit conference for international negotiation

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In Singapore, summitry made sense if it was meant to halt the rhetorical war between Trump and Kim and to advance the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear program. Trudy Rubin,, "Trump thinks his personal relationships with dictators will save the world. He's wrong | Trudy Rubin," 15 June 2018 The rest of the world’s media may be fixated on the meeting here between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, with headlines and details about the high-stakes nuclear summitry. Victoria Kim,, "Forget the nuclear summit — North Korea's news agency focuses on a fish restaurant," 9 June 2018 As President Donald Trump flies to Europe for a week of summitry, the trepidation in European diplomatic circles is palpable. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "As Trump Arrives, Europe Frets Over His Designs on Postwar Global Order," 10 July 2018 This simplistic historical account of presidential summitry ignores the sociology of the meeting, which in East Asian cultures emphasizes the importance of building a relationship before any agreement can be reached. I. William Zartman, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un and the Art of the Asian Deal," 24 June 2018 That reality isn’t likely to dissuade Trump from believing that summitry with despots will reap huge rewards. Trudy Rubin,, "Trump thinks his personal relationships with dictators will save the world. He's wrong | Trudy Rubin," 15 June 2018 Reagan didn’t expect this to happen, but his summitry helped pave the way, and with his promises of massive economic aid in exchange for denuclearization Trump may be hoping for a similar result. Andrew Preston, The New Republic, "Will Trump Be Nixon in China?," 11 June 2018 The cliffhanger approach further highlights how Trump has tossed out the conventional playbook for his nuclear summitry. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Senior North Korea official heads to White House as summit pace picks up," 31 May 2018 But by joining the hype over summitry Mr. Trump is raising expectations that such a peace is at hand. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Korea Summit Hype," 27 Apr. 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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