Kennan-The Long telegram

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Kennan: The Long Telegram: Kennan was one of the architects of the containment strategy. In this work, he outlines the idea that insecurity is the primary source of Soviet action (the ideological desire to expand communism is secondary) – this insecurity has historical roots in the fact that Russia had been invaded multiple times in the past. Furthermore, the USSR recognized its weak position vis-à-vis the US – Kennan predicts – accurately, given the history of the Cold War – that the Soviets will seek to undermine US power through its allies and within its sphere of influence. As such, the USSR will support CP’s in Western Europe, for example, and seek to expand its influence in the Third World. What Kennan basically outlines is the idea that the USSR is operating from a realist view (rather than an ideological one) where its primary interest is security.
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Unformatted text preview: Thus, for example, the UN will be used by the Soviets to undermine American power. Soviet security depends on American weakness the logic of force is what Soviet leaders understand. Tensions high immediately after the war. Berlin crisis in 1948. Soviets blockade Berlin. United States airlifts supplies to the Western part of the city. George Kennan and the Long Telegram Kennan advocated a policy of containment vis--vis the Soviet Union allow the USSR to hold its current satellites, but prevent it from exerting influence anywhere else in Europe for example, in Greece, Communist Parties fought with monarchists the West supported the monarchists. Similarly, CP influence throughout Europe was contained W. European powers, such as Italy, vowed that Communists would not be brought into the government....
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