1712: Realist Internationalism and the 21st Century conflict zones. Anatol Lieven, @QuincyInst HFN

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Photo: Niccolò Machiavelli's work The Prince of 1532 was a major stimulus to realist thinking. here: Title page to The arte of warre by Niccolò Machiavelli

"Realism is one of the dominant schools of thought in international relations theory, theoretically formalising the Realpolitik statesmanship of early modern Europe. Although a highly diverse body of thought, it is unified by the belief that world politics is always and necessarily a field of conflict among actors pursuing power. The theories of realism are contrasted by the cooperative ideals of liberalism."
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Realist internationalism and the 21st Century conflict zones. Anatol Lieven, @QuincyInst HFN

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