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George Kennan

Ukraine: Dissenting Views

Barry D. Wood | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Barry D. Wood

U.S.-Russia relations -- already soured by the animus between their presidents -- have worsened. A new cold war seems to be underway. But some specialists, fearful of where events may be headed, are breaking from the standard narrative.

Forget the Spin, Putin Is Holding a Losing Hand

David Paul | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
David Paul

According to the Sunday Times, Barack Obama has had it with trying to build a partnership with Vladimir Putin. Like George W. Bush before him, Barack Obama has finally written off Vladimir Putin.

Getting "Containment" Right This Time

Philip Seib | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Philip Seib

"Containment" is dismissed by some today as an archaic strategy. But as it was defined by Kennan it remains a sensible and honorable way to keep rogue states from proceeding too far down a path that could lead to continued tension and eventual conflict.

Fear, Security, Escape, and the Pursuit of Empire

Khalid Hanifi | Posted 04.22.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Khalid Hanifi

When Adam Smith wrote "the prosperity, ...the splendour, and ... the duration of the empire," in 1754 (the source of my song title, "The Splendor of E...

Intellectual Containment and U.S.-China Relations

Philip Seib | Posted 04.04.2012 | World
Philip Seib

For those attentive to the ongoing intellectual Cold War between the United States and China, Hu's recent words suggest the need for an American equivalent of George Kennan's "X" article of 1947.

Henry Kissinger's Grand Strategy Takes a New Turn at Yale

Jim Sleeper | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

It's no judgment against John Gaddis' George F. Kennan: An American Life to suggest that now, after years of dancing around each other, its author and its reviewer have learned to make use of each other, as they are doing here now.

GOP Senators Swing Back to Military, Boost New START Prospects

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Forced to choose between the recommendations of the US military and the extreme views of Senators Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint, enough Republican senators are going military to win Senate approval of the New START treaty this week.

WikiLeaks: Would George Kennan Have Been Delighted?

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

Thanks to WikiLeaks, this arguably anachronistic method of communication -- cables -- are, despite their lack of "coolness," actually being read and discussed worldwide

Is Netanyahu a "Bomber Boy"?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Both Obama and Netanyahu would be wise to think through ways to halt the dysfunctional, paranoiac escalation between Iran and Israel.

The Custodians of Civilization

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

It's time for contemporary men and women to reach a foreign policy that incorporates the developing world in an international consensus that raises the human being above all else.

The Missing Statesmen

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Current circumstances -- which include the intense, constant, and insistent attention of the media, focused much more on flaws and shortcomings than on accomplishment -- discourage statesmanship.