from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually expansionist national policy having as its sole principle advancement of the national interest.
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- n. Pragmatic international government policy concerned with perceived interests of the nation.
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- n. politics based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations
The term realpolitik was coined by Prussian Prince Otto von Bismarck, who defined politics as "the art of the possible."
Stalin, Chamberlain, and Daladier thought they were engaged in realpolitik at the time.
Ultimately, the paradox of realpolitik is that realpolitik assumes and is dependent upon the notion that states are rational actors, and yet the practice of realpolitik tends to erode that very principle.
KOUCHNER: The word realpolitik is a little pejorative.
In the Iran-Iraq War, short-term realpolitik considerations and factionalism within the administration led the United States to tilt toward Iran, then Iraq, back and forth again and again while secretly arming both sides.
Or the pragmatism and commercial interests that today we call realpolitik?
Many young people today don't remember the days of "realpolitik" - the idea, popular during the Cold War, that America's foreign policy should be based on our national interest and not on ideology, meaning we supported dictators who liked us without regard to how they treated their people.
She’s never voted against “the party” (how realpolitik is that phrase?)
But the president operates in realpolitik, which is what are the hazards here of coming out too strongly?
I don't have a problem with neo-con views of foreign affairs personally, nor do I think it's wrong to support a country that has lots of oil pipelines in it, it's called realpolitik and it's the way the world has worked for centuries.
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