ANN: Wilson Center on George F. Kennan's Long Telegram at 75

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Read the original document, then see the latest articles and video from the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program to mark 75 years since the "Long Telegram" was sent.

In a cable written 75 years ago today, Ambassador George F. Kennan writes to the Secretary of State with a lengthy analysis of Soviet policy in an attempt to explain their recent uncooperative behavior. This message would later become famous as the "long telegram" and is considered one of the most consequential foreign policy documents in US history.

See the original document on the Wilson Center’s Digital Archive:


VIDEO - George F. Kennan's "Long Telegram" at 75: Appraising a Critical Cold War Document

Hear from James G. Hershberg, Vladimir O. Pechatnov, Vladislav M. Zubok, Svetlana Savranskaya, Mark Kramer, and Sergey Radchenko as they analyze the "Long Telegram" from a Soviet perspective.

Read the full post on Sources and Methods:


"My Voice Now Carried": George F. Kennan's Long Telegram by Frank Costigliola

“I react intensely to everything I see and hear,” George F. Kennan marveled after returning to Russia in July 1944. Professor Frank Costigliola explores Kennan’s relationship to Russia and the Soviet Union, his mental and physical state in 1946, and the impact of his February 22, 1946, cable to the State Department.

Read the full post on Sources and Methods:


UPCOMING EVENT - 75th Anniversary of the Long Telegram

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

10:00am – 11:30am ET

Hosted by the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, this event features Thomas Graham, Angela Stent, Michael Kimmage, and Ivan Kurilla.

For more details and to RSVP: