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The skill entailed in leading a state or country.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the art of conducting public affairs; statesmanship


(ˈsteɪtˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft)

the art of government and diplomacy.
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Noun1.statecraft - wisdom in the management of public affairs
wisdom, wiseness - the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight


[ˈsteɪtkrɑːft] Narte m de gobernar
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He was not a great ruler, but an artist stifled in ceremony and lost in statecraft.
And on these matters I spoke at Nantes with Rouen, when Valentino, as Cesare Borgia, the son of Pope Alexander, was usually called, occupied the Romagna, and on Cardinal Rouen observing to me that the Italians did not understand war, I replied to him that the French did not understand statecraft, meaning that otherwise they would not have allowed the Church to reach such greatness.
I fancy that to the last he believed us to be emissaries of Government, darkly official persons furthering by our illegal traffic some dark scheme of high statecraft.
This requires political management of statecraft," said BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The new enactment provides for the establishment of National Defence University with the objective to impart higher education in the fields of national defence, management, statecraft and security to meet contemporary and future challenges and to promote national interests.
In that sense, it is useful to remember that the book is called On War, not On Statecraft.
We take great pride in regarding the Information Service as a group of upwardly mobile professionals who are poised to play an important role in statecraft, he added.
It added that King Abdullah is the first genuine reformer in the Kingdom's history to embark on a mission of statecraft to transform the institutions and partnerships of the Kingdom.
statecraft and the war in Iraq the experience of more than three decades of studying, writing about, and contributing to U.
Prime Minister Abe concluded his speech to say, "The statecraft I aspire for is one that, while adapting to severe changes in the environment surrounding our country, safeguards and nurtures the values that Japan possesses intrinsically, which we can still find in our daily lives such as a sense of self-discipline, compassion and warmth for others; statecraft that enables each and every person to feel true richness and satisfaction in their daily lives; namely, statecraft that advances the creation of a beautiful country.
Diplomatic maneuvers, economic inducements, propaganda, and whispering campaigns were all an essential element of statecraft.
Derek Chollet is a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the author of The Road to the Dayton Accords: A Study of American Statecraft.