Definition of statecraft in English:



mass noun
  • The skilful management of state affairs; statesmanship.

    ‘issues of statecraft require great deliberation’
    • ‘Once new trade routes were forged to the Americas, Africa and Asia, mercantilism involved statecraft and realpolitik as well as trade and commerce.’
    • ‘The most difficult task of our statecraft is to strike the right balance among these imperatives and arrive at the policy mix that best advances an entire set of our values and interests.’
    • ‘This stand adheres to a leading principle of statecraft, called ‘establishing credibility’ in the rhetoric of statecraft and scholarship.’
    • ‘But it flourishes at the highest levels of American statecraft.’
    • ‘His considerable exertions notwithstanding, truth in matters of statecraft remains implacably gray.’
    • ‘But it's also a history play, and crams in all the issues of statecraft, politics, and morality that obsessed the Elizabethans.’
    • ‘Should we care about them any less, because of a quirk of geography and statecraft?’
    • ‘It regards international relations as a ‘society’ of states in which the principal actors are statespeople who are specialized in the practice of statecraft.’
    • ‘Economic statecraft, whereby nations use trade, loans, grants and investment to influence the action of other states, is now becoming more important.’
    • ‘Of course, throughout history, various observers have championed war as a preferred instrument of statecraft.’
    • ‘It is the precise role of statecraft to work with other countries with which one shares common economic, social and security interests to maximize mutual benefit from that relationship.’
    • ‘He merely mentioned - with a polite, deferential cough - the possibility of voluntary restrictions, in the middle of talks focusing on trade and statecraft.’
    • ‘Membership in NATO has helped correct these defects of statecraft and government, although much work remains once a nation is included in the alliance.’
    • ‘What then is distinctive about it is that it is best understood as an extended phase of peacemaking, and possesses many of the characteristics of that genre of statecraft.’
    • ‘The dominant philosophy of statecraft has become a form of pragmatic meliorism with markets and Western democratic institutions as the chosen means for improving our lives.’
    • ‘It is a profoundly irresponsible approach to statecraft; the future it portends is desolate.’
    • ‘A strategy of disengagement would require bold, risk-taking statecraft of a high order, and much diplomatic competence in its execution.’
    • ‘The political history of ancient or medieval India and the conventions of statecraft unearthed by that history have influenced Indians even less.’
    • ‘The Shield of Achilles synthesises his various strands of expertise, weaving history with statecraft, law, diplomacy and military strategy.’
    • ‘Instead, they have replaced statecraft with stagecraft, substance with style, and not a very fashionable style at that.’
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