Talk:Realism (international relations)

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Relation to Realpolitik[edit]

I propose to eliminate the opening "cautionary" statement "Not to be confused with realpolitik", and to add a section explaining what the connections between both are. To this purpose I propose to include a section from the Realpolitik article:

"Realpolitik is related to the philosophy of political realism, and both suggest working from the hypothesis that it is chiefly based on the pursuit, possession, and application of power. (See also power politics) Realpolitik, however, is a prescriptive guideline limited to policy-making (like foreign policy), while realism is a descriptive paradigm, a wider theoretical and methodological framework, aimed at describing, explaining and, eventually, predicting events in the international relations domain."

The section title could simply be Realpolitik.--Auró (talk) 21:02, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

"Predominant"? Says who?[edit]

"Realism is the *predominant* school of thought in international relations theory..."

There's no citation or proof of this assertion. (talk) 10:29, 30 May 2017 (UTC)