gunboat diplomacy


Definition of gunboat diplomacy

: diplomacy backed by the use or threat of military force

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The only alternative would be a world where all states are truly on an equal footing, and that went out the window with gunboat diplomacy, with systematic looting of the developing world through debt, with colonization, with the slave trade itself. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Is This the Most Crowded Island in the World? (And Why That Question Matters)," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gunboat diplomacy

1927, in the meaning defined above

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