Definition of gunboat diplomacy in English:

gunboat diplomacy

Line breaks: gun|boat dip¦lo|macy

noun

[mass noun]
  • Foreign policy that is supported by the use or threat of military force: the gunboat diplomacy from Paris ended with at least four dead and several injured
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    • Both Indonesia and Malaysia also saw it as a means to protect themselves from gunboat diplomacy and foreign intervention in the affairs of their fledgling nations.
    • As the security threat softens, gunboat diplomacy will become less effective, and Ireland's expertise in mediating between factions will be called upon to play an even greater role in brokering a lasting peace.
    • ‘It is an unprecedented show of force and a return to gunboat diplomacy,’ said Andrew Tam, a security expert at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore.

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