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Great Decisions in Foreign Policy

Father of Containment: The George Kennan Story

George Kennan was the architect of America’s Cold War strategy, but he remained an outsider who for half a century was one of the most outspoken critics of his country's foreign policy. His doctrine of containment offered an intermediate approach between appeasement and confrontation, but took on military connotations that left Kennan frustrated. Join us as we look at the life and legacy of George Kennan. Starring David Strathairn as George Kennan. Narrated by Heather Nauert.

Saturday, August 3 at 1:30 am on 12.1


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This award-winning series recommended by the New York Times frames the most important foreign policy questions of the year ahead. Each episode provides background context, contemporary analysis and policy options.