statecraft

noun
state·​craft | \ ˈstāt-ˌkraft How to pronounce statecraft (audio) \

Definition of statecraft

: the art of conducting state affairs

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In his approach to the carrot-versus-stick equation that is central to statecraft, Donald Trump always opts for the stick. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Mexico, Cuba, and Trump’s Increasing Preference for Punishment Over Diplomacy," 11 June 2019 After Mr Modi’s first victory in 2014, liberals hoped the pro-business tub-thumper would become a pro-market prime minister, encouraging investment by liberalising labour and land laws, relying on statecraft, not stagecraft. The Economist, "In its second term, will India’s ruling coalition be bolder about reform?," 8 June 2019 Their classes focused more on handwriting than on science and statecraft. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Elizabeth Didn’t Expect to Be Queen. Here’s How It Happened," 1 June 2018 Scholars’ opinions of the effectiveness of different tools of statecraft by hawk/dove and social ideology Scholars believe multilateralism is effective. Susan Peterson, Washington Post, "Experts don’t like Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal — or his foreign policy in general," 16 May 2018 Kim is, essentially, upsetting two decades of carefully choreographed North Korean statecraft and stepping into the unknown. Fox News, "Isolated Kim takes big gamble leaving home for Trump summit," 10 June 2018 Kim is, essentially, upsetting two decades of carefully choreographed North Korean statecraft and stepping into the unknown. Washington Post, "Isolated Kim takes big gamble leaving home for Trump summit," 10 June 2018 Kim is, essentially, upsetting two decades of carefully choreographed North Korean statecraft and stepping into the unknown. Fox News, "Isolated Kim takes big gamble leaving home for Trump summit," 10 June 2018 Kim is, essentially, upsetting two decades of carefully choreographed North Korean statecraft and stepping into the unknown. Fox News, "Isolated Kim takes big gamble leaving home for Trump summit," 10 June 2018

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1642, in the meaning defined above

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statecraft

noun

English Language Learners Definition of statecraft

formal : the art or skill of conducting government affairs

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