George Kennan Containment Doctrine Analysis

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George Kennan’s Containment Doctrine Revisited
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Aizaz Khan
I would like to review George Kennan’s Containment Doctrine through the lens of a splendid article written by Chalmer M. Roberts, “How Containment Worked”, which first appeared in the 1972’s summer edition of the Foreign Policy journal. Roberts, was the chief diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post who covered the Cold War, the nuclear arms race and the seats of power in Washington in the 1950's and 60's, The article gives a unique perspective of George Kennan’s contribution towards formulation of US foreign policy, during the post cold-war era and deals with the concept of containment and how Kennan’s famous “X article” in Foreign Affairs helped to rally support for Truman’s
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Clifford had far less hope that the Soviet Union would either break up or mellow down. Meanwhile, the British tossed to Washington the problem of Greece, which resulted in to the formulation of the Truman Doctrine. Less than three months after the Truman Doctrine came the Marshall Plan. In the public eye, both were effective steps to implement containment. But the main question was containment of what? Kennan later said he thought it had been understood that he meant containment in only areas “vital to our security” but he didn't say so, neither did Clifford nor Churchill and nobody defined what areas were vital to US security. Roberts concluded that America (in 1972, when the …show more content…
Perhaps not, because of the immediate contest over Germany and Greece and rising suspicions in the Soviet leadership due to the March 1946 speech by Winston Churchill in Fulton - America in which he said that eastern Europe was cut off from the free world by ‘an iron curtain’. Stalin claimed that Churchill’s speech was a declaration of war. It is an irony, however, that the chief strategist of containment soon became its chief critic. Kennan served for two and a half years under Marshall, but by the time he left he was at odds with almost everything the United States was doing. NATO, the Hydrogen-bomb decision, and military build up at the time of the Korean War were decisions made by others in the name of

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