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gunboat diplomacy

Syllabification: gun·boat di·plo·ma·cy

Definition of gunboat diplomacy in English:

noun

Foreign policy that is supported by the use or threat of military force.
Example sentences
  • 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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