power politics

political action characterized by the exercise or pursuit of power as a means of coercion.
international diplomacy based on the use or threatened use of military or economic power.


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power politics
(functioning as singular) (in international affairs) the threat or use of force as an instrument of national policy

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Realists come in many sizes and shapes, but all tend to view global politics as
  power politics.
Facts are finally overwhelming money-based power politics.
They settled on the national interest, on considerations defined by power
  politics, and on winning the war.
Power politics decides which lives get saved, and which policy aims triumph.
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