Definition of gunboat diplomacy in English:

gunboat diplomacy

noun

mass noun
  • Foreign policy that is supported by the use or threat of military force.

    ‘the gunboat diplomacy from Paris ended with at least four dead and several injured’
    • ‘‘It is an unprecedented show of force and a return to gunboat diplomacy,’ said Andrew Tam, a security expert at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore.’
    • ‘According to Chinese reports, Taiwanese ships will join the seven carriers being assembled in this modern rerun of 19th century gunboat diplomacy.’
    • ‘As the security threat softens, gunboat diplomacy will become less effective, and Ireland's expertise in mediating between factions will be called upon to play an even greater role in brokering a lasting peace.’
    • ‘Chinese Americans could not understand how the United States could use gunboat diplomacy to open the door of China and at the same time use democracy to close the door to Chinese Americans.’
    • ‘I suppose this is a good example of gunboat diplomacy.’
    • ‘Stand by for the world's sole superpower engaging in the 21st Century version of gunboat diplomacy.’
    • ‘It also conjures up memories of the gunboat diplomacy that first pushed the United States onto the world stage a century ago.’
    • ‘But the increased political sensitivities of the international community in the nuclear age seemed to make gunboat diplomacy quite unacceptable.’
    • ‘The initial French provocation, a direct takeover of Morocco in violation of recent treaties, was answered by German gunboat diplomacy to back its demand for compensation.’
    • ‘This near intervention led one observer to note that gunboat diplomacy was clearly in line with the State Department commitment to pipelines and profits.’
    • ‘Far from our gunboat diplomacy of the nineteenth century, have we now become the victim rather than the aggressor in a global economic struggle?’
    • ‘The western powers have proved yet again their willingness to resort to intimidation and old-style gunboat diplomacy to achieve their ends.’
    • ‘In an ironic reversal, the greatest colonial power becomes the helpless victim of Martian gunboat diplomacy.’
    • ‘Let's stop with the gunboat diplomacy and get a little smarter here.’
    • ‘Will the World Bank, IMF and WTO undergo a revival in popularity, viewed as infinitely preferable to the gunboat diplomacy and the undiluted elitism of the G7?’
    • ‘For all the occasional bouts of moderate rhetoric, pre-emptive strikes and gunboat diplomacy form the essence of this thinking.’
    • ‘Byrd favors his own version of gunboat diplomacy.’
    • ‘Both Indonesia and Malaysia also saw it as a means to protect themselves from gunboat diplomacy and foreign intervention in the affairs of their fledgling nations.’
    • ‘Instead, I am referring to the more old-fashioned imperialism, the kind built on land seizure, racism, sexism, gunboat diplomacy, with a dash of genocide occasionally thrown in for good measure.’
    • ‘Then there is the United States war on Iraq, the 21st Century version of 19th Century gunboat diplomacy which threatens to usher in a new era in international relations.’

Pronunciation

gunboat diplomacy