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

Definition of statecraft

: the art of conducting state affairs

Examples of statecraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those genies include the risk of nuclear war itself, the return of nuclear blackmail as a tool of statecraft and the emergence of new incentives for other nations to acquire nuclear arms. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, 9 May 2022 The shift may have been inevitable, given the barbarism of the war, which has claimed thousands of civilian lives, and Russia’s challenge to the conventions and obligations of modern statecraft. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 1 May 2022 But, to practitioners of economic statecraft, the situation is as clear as looking in a mirror. The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2022 President Joe Biden has been praised on the left for his deft statecraft and ability to rally our allies against Russia. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 12 Mar. 2022 Orchestrated for maximum emotional impact, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s virtual address to Congress on Wednesday was a masterly demonstration not only of statecraft, but also of stagecraft. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Whether force or even economic statecraft was used to roll back territorial gains always depended on the relative balance of power between norm-enforcers and aggressors. David Faris, The Week, 3 Mar. 2022 Young, pretty and pregnant, she was inexperienced in statecraft or war. A. Wess Mitchell, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Some of Del Noce’s essays were written before the Cold War’s onset, yet his evaluation of Marx and Lenin help make sense of the ideological style of statecraft the Soviet Union pursed. Richard M. Reinsch Ii, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of statecraft

1642, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Statecraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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