In a society of sovereign states, an agreement will be maintained only if all partners consider it in their interest. They must have a sense of participation in the result. The art of diplomacy is not to outsmart the other side but to convince it either of common interests or of penalties if an impasse continues.

Henry Kissinger (b. 1923) German-American diplomat
Years of Upheaval, ch. 6 (1982)

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