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The art of Realpolitik

When dealing with dictators we shouldn't forget our long-term interests, argues Jonathan Powell

By Jonathan Powell   March 2016

Should we be dealing with the Saudis? President Barack Obama welcomes King Salman bin Abdelaziz Al Saud to the White House in 2015 ©Rex Shutterstock

Realpolitik: A history by John Bew, Oxford University Press, £14.99

The term “Realpolitik” is endlessly bandied around in foreign policy debates, usually as an insult or synonym for Machiavellianism, but John Bew’s scholarly new book, Realpolitik: A History, reminds us…

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