Quotes About Realpolitik

Quotes tagged as "realpolitik" (showing 1-11 of 11)
Henry Kissinger
“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests”
Henry Kissinger

Hans J. Morgenthau
“International politics, like all politics, is a struggle for power”
Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations

Robert D. Kaplan
“The debacle in Iraq has reinforced the realist dictum, disparaged by idealists in the 1990s, that the legacies of geography, history and culture really do set limits on what can be accomplished in any given place. But the experience in the Balkans reinforced an idealist dictum that is equally true: One should always work near the limits of what is possible rather than cynically give up on any place. In this decade idealists went too far; in the previous one, it was realists who did not go far enough.”
Robert D. Kaplan

Christopher Hitchens
“Generally it must be stated that realpolitik has been better at dividing than at ruling. Take it as a whole since Kissinger called on the Shah in 1972, and see what the harvest has been.”
Christopher Hitchens, The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism: The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens
“Any critique of realism must begin with a sober assessment of the horrors of peace.”
Christopher Hitchens, The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism: The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens

Egon Bahr
“International politics is never about democracy and human rights. It's about the interests of states. Remember that, no matter what you are told in history lessons.”
Egon Bahr

“for in the absence of a magistrate (dandadharabhave), the strong will swallow the weak; but under his protection, the weak resist the strong.”
Kautilya, The Arthashastra

Niall Ferguson
“It's all very well for us to sit here in the west with our high incomes and cushy lives, and say it's immoral to violate the sovereignty of another state. But if the effect of that is to bring people in that country economic and political freedom, to raise their standard of living, to increase their life expectancy, then don't rule it out.”
Niall Ferguson

William Woodruff
“It is not love, or morality, or international law that determines the outcome of world affairs, but the changing distribution of organized force”
William Woodruff, A Concise History of the Modern World

Iain M. Banks
“There is something about the very idea of a city which is central to the understanding of a planet like Earth, and particularly the understanding of that part of the then-existing group-civilization which called itself the West. That idea, to my mind, met its materialist apotheosis in Berlin at the time of the Wall.

Perhaps I go into some sort of shock when I experience something deeply; I'm not sure, even at this ripe middle-age, but I have to admit that what I recall of Berlin is not arranged in my memory in any normal, chronological sequence. My only excuse is that Berlin itself was so abnormal - and yet so bizarrely representative - it was like something unreal; an occasionally macabre Disneyworld which was so much a part of the real world (and the realpolitik world), so much a crystallization of everything these people had managed to produce, wreck, reinstate, venerate, condemn and worship in their history that it defiantly transcended everything it exemplified, and took on a single - if multifariously faceted - meaning of its own; a sum, an answer, a statement no city in its right mind would want or be able to arrive at.”
Iain M. Banks, The State of the Art

“The study of the powers that shape, maintain and alter the state is the basis of all political insight and leads to the understanding that the law of power governs the world of states just as the law of gravity governs the physical world.”
ludwig von rochau

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