Friday, March 18, 2005

"Containment" Creator

The diplomat who coined the word "containment" to sum up Cold War policy, has died. George Kennan was 101.

Writing anonymously under the pen name "X" in a 1947 issue of Foreign Affairs, Mr Kennan drew the outline of the containment policy:

"It is clear that the main element of any United States policy toward the Soviet Union must be that of a long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies."

Mr Kennan was also instrumental in shaping the Marshall Plan and won a Pulitizer Prize for history and a National Book Award for Russia Leaves the War in 1956. His Memoirs, 1925-1950 won another Pulitzer in 1967. (USAToday)

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