statecraft

[steyt-kraft, -krahft]
noun
the art of government and diplomacy.

Origin:
1635–45; state + craft

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statecraft (ˈsteɪtˌkrɑːft)
 
n
the art of conducting public affairs; statesmanship

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Example sentences
Such are questions of statecraft in the age of photography.
It is a rule of statecraft that a government control and operate its own
  opposition.
The past, moreover, really held models of statecraft from which his own times
  had fallen away.
We should see the honour of defending the common cause confined by statecraft
  to a mercenary part of the people.
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