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Panelists to analyze Kennan's 'Long Telegram,' Feb. 23

A panel discussion on "George F. Kennan's 'Long Telegram'" is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in 219 Burr Hall.

Participating will be Princeton faculty members John Ikenberry, Aaron Friedberg and Stephen Kotkin along with the University of Virginia's Melvyn Leffler. The event is part of a series, "60 Years Later: Critical Texts of the 20th Century," celebrating the 60th anniversary of Kennan's influential early assessment of post-war Soviet conduct and motives.

Kennan, a 1925 Princeton alumnus, was arguably the leading American diplomat during the early stages of the Cold War. His famous "Long Telegram," drafted upon the request of the U.S. State Department in February 1946, was the origin of the policy of "containment" that defined America's position toward the Soviet Union for much of the following two decades.

The panelists, who are experts on American diplomatic history and international relations, will comment on the historical significance of the "Long Telegram" and the lessons it might have to offer contemporary leaders.

The event is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Council of the Humanities, the University Center for Human Values and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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