shuttle diplomacy


: negotiations especially between nations carried on by an intermediary who shuttles back and forth between the disputants

Examples of shuttle diplomacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Monsieur Fixit The perils of Macron’s shuttle diplomacy. Foreign Affairs, 5 Apr. 2024 In the six weeks since, multiple rounds of shuttle diplomacy by American, Arab and Israeli officials have failed to produce even a temporary cease-fire. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 Why shuttle diplomacy with the Gulf States is only a piece of the puzzle The Israeli campaign in Gaza has transitioned to a new phase. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 22 Feb. 2024 Kissinger’s shuttle diplomacy to achieve a disengagement between Israeli and Egyptian troops and engineer other measures to reduce tensions gave him a sense of the political situation in the Middle East and enabled him to press for the lifting of the embargo. Robert Hormats, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2024 Their readiness to continue shuttle diplomacy between Armenia and Azerbaijan is helpful, and the West should continue to try to bring Azerbaijan back to the negotiating table. Olesya Vartanyan, Foreign Affairs, 8 Dec. 2023 The tilt to Pakistan, the opening to China, the Yom Kippur War and shuttle diplomacy, toppling Allende, Vietnam peace talks: All bore Kissinger’s fingerprints. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 The tilt to Pakistan, the opening to China, the Yom Kippur War and shuttle diplomacy, toppling Allende, Vietnam peace talks — all bore Kissinger’s fingerprints. The Editors, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 And shuttle diplomacy was Kissinger’s signature technique of simulating negotiations between parties that refused to talk to each other, typically Israel and its neighboring Arab states, by meeting separately with each party and conveying the positions of one to the other after adding his own spin. Norman Kempster, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023

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First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shuttle diplomacy was in 1974

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“Shuttle diplomacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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