Diplomatic Realism: Talking to Those You Disagree With (Strongly)

Kissinger should be proud: Realpolitik appears to be winning the debate with regard to Obama’s U.S. foreign policy, as Fred Kaplan has observed.

But Obama, an idealist at home, has turned out to be more cold-blooded than most recent presidents about the tough choices to be made in the world, downgrading democracy and human rights accordingly. From Syria to Ukraine, Egypt to Venezuela, this president has shied away from the pay-any-price, bear-any-burden global ambitions of his predecessors, preferring quiet diplomacy to the bully pulpit—when he is engaged at all

via America’s 25 Most Awkward Allies – POLITICO Magazine.

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