TITLE

CONTAINMENT: A REASSESSMENT

AUTHOR(S)
Gaddis, John Lewis
PUB. DATE
July 1977
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jul1977, Vol. 55 Issue 4, p873
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
No article in the history of Foreign Affairs has been more frequently reprinted, none, it would also appear safe to say, has lent itself to more variant interpretations. Containment has been defined as a global commitment to resist communism everywhere, as a passive, negative condemnation of millions to interpretations behind the iron curtain, as a blueprint for the domination of the world by American imperialism, and as the shortsighted acquiescence of a dutiful giant in the process of being nibbled away by midgets. Given these circumstances, the United States could not expect to enjoy political intimacy with the Soviet regime, but neither should it regard war as inevitable. Nor did it have to resign itself to an indefinite policy of holding the line and hoping for the best, for it is entirely possible for the United States to influence by its actions the internal developments, both within Soviet Union and throughout the international Communist government, by which Russian policy is largely determined. This could be done by its creating among the peoples of the world generally the impression of a country which knows what it wants, which is coping successfully with the problems of its internal life and with the responsibilities of a World Power, and which has a spiritual vitality capable of holding its own among the major ideological currents of the time.
ACCESSION #
4853201

 

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