Examples from the Web for brinksmanship
It was a product of Republican brinksmanship over the debt ceiling, and a near-fanatical desire for spending cuts.The Right-Wing is Furious Over Obama's Imaginary Attack on Military Families|Jamelle Bouie|December 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The simple fact is that, outside of the South and a few other areas, Tea Party extremism and brinksmanship is deeply unpopular.
The latest round of brinksmanship, which is still not over, is likely to prove very damaging to the economy.
The markets and investors have become dulled to the brinksmanship now on display.
Others saw administrative incompetence and Bolivarian brinksmanship at work.
The situation made the "Brinksmanship" of former Secretary Dulles look as safe as loafing in an easy-chair.Damned If You Don't|Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for brinksmanship
Word Origin and History for brinksmanship
also brinksmanship, with parasitic -s- and construction based on salesmanship, sportsmanship, etc.; from brink (the image of the brink of war dates to at least 1840).
Associated with the policies advocated by John Foster Dulles (1888-1959), U.S. Secretary of State 1953-1959. The word springs from Dulles' philosophy as outlined in a magazine interview [with Time-Life Washington bureau chief James Shepley] early 1956:
The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you cannot master it, you inevitably get into war. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.
The quote was widely criticized by the Eisenhower Administration's opponents, and the first attested use of brinkmanship seems to have been in such a context, a few weeks after the magazine appeared, by Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson criticizing Dulles for "boasting of his brinkmanship, ... the art of bringing us to the edge of the nuclear abyss."
Culture definitions for brinksmanship
The policy of a nation that pushes a dangerous situation to the limits of safety (the “brink”) before pulling back; an aggressive and adventurous foreign policy.