foreign affairs

plural noun

Definition of foreign affairs

: matters having to do with international relations and with the interests of the home country in foreign countries

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Israel’s minister of foreign affairs and intelligence, Israel Katz, also denied that Israel had installed listening devices in the United States. BostonGlobe.com, "According to the report, which cited three anonymous former senior US officials ‘‘with knowledge of the matter,’’ the equipment — devices that mimic cell towers, fooling cellphones into giving them their locations and identity information — was discovered some time ago.," 13 Sep. 2019 Department detox The problem with Trump goes far beyond the president’s own vast incomprehension of foreign affairs. James W. Carden, Quartz, "Elizabeth Warren has a plan to fix the State Department and no one wants to talk about it," 13 Sep. 2019 And Jo Johnson stepping down will only make matters worse for the prime minister, said Anand Menon, a professor of European politics and foreign affairs at King's College London university. NBC News, "U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's brother quits government over Brexit," 5 Sep. 2019 That’s despite Mills having paid her dues as a general news reporter for over a decade and the fact that reporting on the royals often requires expertise in politics and foreign affairs. K.j. Yossman, Marie Claire, "Inside the Cutthroat World of Royal Gossips," 5 Sep. 2019 His handling of foreign affairs mirrors a defining principle of Cambiemos: that Argentina’s welfare cannot be dissociated from the ebbs and flows of international markets. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Argentina Considers a Return to Peronism," 28 Aug. 2019 Buttigieg also has released proposals addressing rural health care, the rural economy, gun control, foreign affairs, racial inequality and worker rights. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Pete Buttigieg proposes $100 billion to improve mental health, fight addiction," 23 Aug. 2019 The Danish government handles foreign affairs and national defense, but the Greenland government controls everything else — including the management of its mineral deposits. Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: Trump wants to buy Greenland. How much is it worth anyway?," 23 Aug. 2019 The Northern Triangle about face illustrates what many foreign affairs observers say is a growing pattern within the Trump administration. Tovin Lapan, Fortune, "Trump Administration Turnover Leads to Foreign Policy Turmoil," 23 Aug. 2019

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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