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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Definitions for brinkmanship

  1. the technique or practice of maneuvering a dangerous situation to the limits of tolerance or safety in order to secure the greatest advantage, especially by creating diplomatic crises.

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Citations for brinkmanship
If brinkmanship is too timid there is no credibility, hence no deterrence. If it is too vigorous there is war. Anders Boserup, "Deterrence and defense," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, December 1981
Perhaps more importantly, it would significantly reduce the brinkmanship of shutdown politics, which has become all too common in recent years. This brinkmanship has harmed our political system, our economy and our international reputation, and it is well past time for it to end. Reid Ribble, "'Shutdown politics' is keeping Congress from working. Here's how to fix it." Washington Post, November 3, 2016
Origin of brinkmanship
To those of a certain age, brinkmanship or brinksmanship instantly summons the shade of John Foster Dulles (1888-1959), President Eisenhower’s secretary of state (1953-59). Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-65) coined the term in 1956.