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1. Having many sides.
2. Involving more than two nations or parties: multilateral trade agreements.

mul′ti·lat′er·al·ism n.
mul′ti·lat′er·al·ist n.
mul′ti·lat′er·al·ly adv.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) involving or favouring the involvement of more than two nations or parties
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who favours a multilateral approach
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USA president-elect Barack Obama has promised a robustly multilateralist foreign policy for America having assumed office on January 20, but one of the more complicated relationships he will have to navigate will be with the United Nations.
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But as a rough guide, a Brown foreign policy is likely to be a little less pro-Bush, more cautious about the deployment of British troops overseas, more explicitly multilateralist and more engaged with the global justice agenda than that of Tony Blair.
He led Labour into the 1987 election as unilateralist then 1992 as a multilateralist, so knows both sides of the argument.
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It notes that the EU cannot ignore these dangers and must seek an effective multilateralist response.
In both the IMF and GATT/World Trade Organization (WTO) systems, offenders against agreed multilateralist principles have been countries within these organizations that have failed to observe these principles.
Further, given our history as something of a pillar of the multilateralist approach, our absence would be unusual, and, to the extent it was interpreted as a weakening of our support for going the multilateral route, it could possibly contribute to the lessening of support for multilateralism in others.
Against this background, it is clear that some traditional foreign policy strategies, such as balance of power, can result in both unilateralist and multilateralist outcomes.
Samantha Power, author of the Pulitzer-winning polemic against multilateralist constraints on military force to stop human rights abuses, now resides at the National Security Council as senior director of multilateral affairs.

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