After Containment

Gaddis, John Lewis
April 2005
New Republic;4/25/2005, Vol. 232 Issue 15, p27
Offers a discussion about the irrelevance of the strategy of containment following the Cold War. Role of George Kennan, a United States diplomat, in developing the policy of containment to control the Soviet Union during the Cold War; Report that Kennan disapproved of using the strategy of containment during the Vietnam conflict; Limitations on containment's applicability beyond a Cold War context, including the fact that it was a state-based strategy; Failure of containment as a response to terrorism; Use of the strategy of pre-emptive strike after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; Willingness of the world to accept U.S. hegemony during the Cold War but not afterward; Use of unilateralism by U.S. President George W. Bush.


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