from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tendency of nations to conduct their foreign affairs individualistically, characterized by minimal consultation and involvement with other nations, even their allies.

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  • n. A tendency of nations to act on their own, or with only minimal consultation and involvement with other nations.

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  • n. the doctrine that nations should conduct their foreign affairs individualistically without the advice or involvement of other nations


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