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Monday, February 20, 2017

Definitions for statecraft

  1. the art of government and diplomacy.

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Citations for statecraft
Statecraft at the highest level is a most exacting human activity, one that presents distinctive moral dilemmas. William Lee Miller, President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman, 2008
Statecraft demands imagination, guided by two convictions: one, that the world "made safe for diversity" must insure the coexistence, not only of rival social systems, but also of multiple, freely defined national interests; two, that whatever frustrations a great power experiences daily in attempts at control, the way it behaves still shapes the behavior of others. Stanley Hoffman, "Statecraft Demands Imagination," New York Times, March 7, 1972
Origin of statecraft
Statecraft in modern usage has a positive connotation or at least a neutral one. From the time of William Penn (1644–1718) to the present, statecraft has also meant “cunning, devious politics or statesmanship.” The word entered English in the mid-17th century.