“So the exponents of realpolitik have rediscovered their voice and their swagger. Yet realpolitik is one of those words borrowed from another language that is much used but little understood. Its true meaning remains occluded by the fact that it has so often been caricatured – but also because realpolitikers caricature the naive idealists whom they set themselves up against. 'I will leave it to the self-described realists to explain in greater detail the origins and meaning of “realism” and “realpolitik” to our confused journalists and politicos,' said Robert Kagan in 2010, in a discussion of President Obama's realist credentials. In fact, few satisfactory definitions exist, largely because international-relations theorists have remained uninterested in its historical origins.”
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