Definition of honest broker in English:

honest broker


  • An impartial mediator in international, industrial, or other disputes.

    • ‘The traders want the scheme to succeed and I have pledged to act as an honest broker between them and the developers.’
    • ‘Israel has also achieved some success in winning a more friendly response from Russia, which is again seeking to challenge US domination of Middle Eastern affairs by offering itself as an honest broker between Israel and the Arab regimes.’
    • ‘And our role in the Middle East is to try to be the negotiator, the mediator, the honest broker, and to be able to work with both sides.’
    • ‘There is manifestly a great need for acceptable honest brokers to help in the process of achieving stability.’
    • ‘‘We cannot have an honest broker at the negotiating table with a perceived particular influence,’ Dean said.’
    • ‘They are wrong to line up so stridently on either side of this bloody feud at a time when the United States really needs to become more of an honest broker in the Middle East.’
    • ‘‘We would like to see Canada act the role of an honest broker at an international conference,’ Samdup said.’
    • ‘We may have to act as an honest broker between the two of them.’
    • ‘Or he may have wanted to restore his image as an honest broker.’
    • ‘They try to equate attacks from the left with attacks from the right; to give the impression that the government is an honest broker caught between impossible demands.’
    • ‘Arabs were dismayed by the veto, with some saying the vote showed the United States had lost its credibility as an honest broker in the Middle East.’
    • ‘Those indicators put the Government of New Zealand in the role of an honest broker as far as the economic performance of the country is concerned.’
    • ‘They are positioning themselves to play the role of honest brokers with the French government.’
    • ‘If the United States departs from the path of being the honest broker, the peacemaking process will be jeopardized.’
    • ‘All I can do is to offer myself as an honest broker and make myself available to talk to the people who can help provide a solution.’
    • ‘Both the Jordanians and the Irish are seen as honest brokers in the international sphere, he added.’
    • ‘The negotiators of the initial tobacco settlement had chosen Myers as an honest broker who could represent the interests of the public-health community at the negotiating table.’
    • ‘An independent third party will have to play the role of an honest broker, even though the Kathmandu government remains opposed to any such role for outsiders.’
    • ‘Yet - as in other EU policy-making areas - the presidency must avoid the impression of pushing a particular national agenda if it wishes to act as an honest broker.’
    • ‘At the meeting O'Neill refers to, Cheney was simply acting as an honest broker, keeping his personal views private.’


Late 19th century: translating German ehrlicher Makler with reference to Bismarck, Otto von, under whom Germany was united.


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