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  • n. The act of encircling or the state of being encircled
  • n. The isolation of a target by the formation of a blockade around it

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  • n. a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy


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From encircle +‎ -ment.


  • A Russia policy of isolation and encirclement is not compatible with the contemporary geopolitical playing field, and we have seen this policy (in striking similarity to other, similar policies) exacerbate the hostility and corruption of the very regime it was meant to moderate.

    Matthew Yglesias » Michael McFaul on Russia

  • When neither enemy deployment nor the terrain favors encirclement, that is --

    FM 100-61 Chptr 2 Strategic Operations

  • The encirclement is a deep flanking maneuver (related to the tactical-level envelopment, but on a larger scale).

    FM 100-61 Chptr 4 Army Group Offensive Operations

  • India is increasingly alarmed by this strategic development, which it claims is part of China's growing "encirclement" of India.

    Eric Margolis: Kashmir Could Start a Nuclear War

  • Amundsen's team were as close as could be determined reasonably with the instruments of the time and the "encirclement" of the pole area was carried out in recognition of this uncertainty.

    Amundsen and Scott at the South Pole

  • It is these fears and uncertainties that make upsetting the status quo unpalatable for China, both in terms of military contingency planning and long-term strategic concern about "encirclement" by the U.S. and its allies.

    Beijing Won't Push Pyongyang

  • All of a sudden, EU-Russian relations have become a kind of strategic game, feeding Moscow's deja vu of foreign "encirclement" first brought on by American troops in Central Asia and a rising China in Russia's east.


  • The notion of "encirclement," in fact, is a current commonplace, even if that isn't the term used today.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • The Middle Eastern area is the immediate neighbour of Russia, and that on the side of the Russian Empire's "soft under-belly", the least secure of all its frontiers: and the U.S.S.R. professes (exactly as Hitler did in 1936-39) to fear "encirclement".

    Oil, Power Politics and the Arab Awakening

  • The old fear of "encirclement" has revived in Moscow, and the Russians warn that relations will get very frosty indeed if NATO expands into these countries.

    Yemen Observer


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