George F. Kennan





George F. Kennan

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in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The United States
February 16, 1904

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March 17, 2005

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George F. Kennan
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George F. Kennan

United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
In office
May 14, 1952 – September 19, 1952
Preceded by Alan G. Kirk
Succeeded by Charles E. Bohlen
United States Ambassador to Yugoslavia
In office
May 16, 1961 – July 28, 1963
Preceded by Karl L. Rankin
Succeeded by Charles Burke Elbrick
Born February 16, 1904(1904-02-16)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died March 17, 2005 (aged 101)
Princeton, New Jersey

George Frost Kennan (February 16, 1904 – March 17, 2005) was an American advisor, diplomat, political scientist, and historian, best known as "the father of containment" and as a key figure in the emergence of the Cold War. He later wrote standard histories of the relations...more


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“The truth is sometimes a poor competitor in the market place of ideas – complicated, unsatisfying, full of dilemmas, always vulnerable to misinterpretation and abuse.”
George F. Kennan

“Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.”
George F. Kennan

“We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”
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