back channel


Definition of back channel

: a secret, unofficial, or irregular means of communication

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Other Words from back channel

back-channel \ ˈbak-​ˌcha-​nᵊl How to pronounce back channel (audio) \ adjective

Examples of back channel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s about the back channel negotiations among a group of Israelis, Palestinians, and Norwegians leading up to the 1993 Oslo peace accords., 24 May 2021 As ambassador, Sondland undermined his State Department colleagues by serving as a back channel during Trump's attempted shakedown of the Ukrainian government. Mattathias Schwartz, Star Tribune, 27 Dec. 2020 Sullivan was credited with helping set up a secret back channel to Iran that produced the ambitious nuclear accord signed by Tehran and the six major powers in 2015. Evan Halper, Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2020 But investigators suspected that the men may have been seeking to arrange a clandestine back channel between the incoming Trump administration and Moscow. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Aug. 2020 Republicans and Democrats alike are testing whether to fight or flatter, whether to back channel requests or go public, all in an attempt to get Trump’s attention and his assurances. Jonathan Lemire, The Denver Post, 26 Mar. 2020 Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, a fellow Republican, has appeared either officially or through back channels to be undermining DeWine since the start of the pandemic. cleveland, 27 Apr. 2020 Around 1970, Robert Ames, a C.I.A. agent, had opened a back channel to the informant, Ali Hassan Salameh, who headed the personal security force and counterintelligence unit under Yasir Arafat, the P.L.O. chairman. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2020 The emir’s visit to Iran was one of many diplomatic forays aimed at calming regional tensions and keeping back channels open. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of back channel

1975, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jun 2021

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“Back channel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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