sum·​mit·​ry | \ ˈsə-mə-trē How to pronounce summitry (audio) \

Definition of summitry

: the use of a summit conference for international negotiation

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Recent Examples on the Web Kim has met President Trump three times in two years of high-stakes summitry, but the diplomacy has progressed little beyond their vague aspirational goal of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula., "The North has said the meeting, which will continue for at least another day, is intended for discussions on overcoming “manifold and harsh trials and difficulties.”," 31 Dec. 2019 Kim has met President Donald Trump three times in two years of high-stakes summitry, but the diplomacy has progressed little beyond their vague aspirational goal of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. Author: Kim Tong-hyung, Anchorage Daily News, "Kim calls for measures to protect North Korea’s security," 30 Dec. 2019 Additionally, this past weekend, NATO diplomats hammered out a two-page declaration for the leaders to endorse, a small victory in the kabuki of summitry that the diplomats hope will help emphasize alliance unity. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "NATO hopes to get through 70th anniversary without explosions from Trump or Macron," 2 Dec. 2019 In fact, from Mr Kim’s narrow perspective, the failed summitry and reversion to sabre-rattling could be considered a great success. The Economist, "Beware North Korea’s petulance and propaganda," 24 Oct. 2019 North Korea’s nuclear programme and missile-testing continue while Mr Trump pretends his summitry has solved the problem and looks the other way. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Why America and Russia should extend a key nuclear deal," 27 Dec. 2019 Wahyu Putro A/Antara Foto/Reuters Delegates from around the world will gather Monday in Madrid for the start of a week of climate change summitry. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "At the Madrid climate talks, carbon offsets—and the future of the planet—are on the table," 30 Nov. 2019 Trump makes no secret of his distaste for global summitry. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Weird Whoppers at the G-7 Summit," 27 Aug. 2019 The allies have scaled down their major military exercises since last year as Trump and Kim began their nuclear summitry. Washington Post, "North Korea fires more weapons, denounces US military drills," 6 Aug. 2019

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Summitry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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