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1. The former policy of neutrality by non-Communist countries under the influence of the Soviet Union.
2. The adoption of such a policy.

Fin′land·ize′ v.
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(ˌfɪnləndaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) neutralization of a small country by a superpower, using conciliation, as the former Soviet Union did in relation to Finland
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(ˌfɪn lən dəˈzeɪ ʃən)

a former policy by a non-Communist country, as Finland, of maintaining neutrality with the Soviet Union with a consequent susceptibilty to its influence.
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They also want to consolidate the influence that Iran, and to a lesser extent Russia, have gained in Iraq and Lebanon while "Finlandizing" some members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, notably Oman and Qatar.
The nation that gave birth to the term used to describe neighborly strong-arming (Finlandizing) lost a substantial slice of territory (Karelia) in the aftermath of World War II.
(In 1979, during a talk in Japan in which I said socialism had failed, two guests from the Soviet Embassy nodded in agreement and afterward thanked me for my "honest" presentation.) If not for Reagan's arms programs, the invasion of Grenada, and support of the Contras, the hawks in the Kremlin might have been encouraged to try a desperate Finlandizing move in Europe that got out of hand.