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

  • n. International diplomacy in which each nation uses or threatens to use military or economic power to further its own interests: "The Cold War undermined the Wilsonian dream of a world beyond power politics” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Politics with power.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. diplomacy in which the nations threaten to use force in order to obtain their objectives


Translation of German Machtpolitik.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A calque of German Machtpolitik. (Wiktionary)


  • The even heavier concentration in the area between Lemberg (Lvov) and the upper Prut was partly an extension of Tukhachevski's original plan, partly also a means of strengthening Russia's hand in the intensified power politics that were being played out in the Balkans.


  • They would pursue a Rockefeller Republican foreign policy, Scowcroft suggested: tough, hardheaded, sort of power politics orientedbut with a relatively low ideological content.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office


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