George Kennan and The Long Telegram: Communism and Containment

George F. Kennan (1904-2005), one of America’s most famous diplomats, served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the USA to the USSR from 1944 to 1946. On February 22, 1946, in a document now known as the ‘Long Telegram’, Kennan outlined a policy response to Soviet Communism which is called ‘containment’. Kennan’s telegram (subsequently expanded and published in the ‘Foreign Affairs’ journal in July 1947 under the pseudonym “Mr. X’) became the foundation of US policy towards the USSR until the end of the Cold War in 1991. What is the contemporary relevance of this document for US-China relations?

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

SUGGESTED READING

  • John Lukacs, George F. Kennan and the Origins of Containment, 1944-1946.
  • The Kennan-Lukacs Correspondence (Columbia, MO, USA: University of Missouri Press, 1997).

COURSE OUTLINE

  • George F. Kennan (1904-2005): America diplomat and anti-Communist.
  • The ‘Long Telegram’ and ‘The Sources of Soviet Conduct’: An overview.
  • The ‘Containment’ doctrine and its relevance to US-China relations today.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the significance of George F. Kennan’s life and work.
  2. Comprehend the core arguments of the ‘Long Telegram’ and ‘The Sources of Soviet Conduct’.
  3. Appreciate the contemporary relevance of ‘containment’ to US-China relations.
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