This 1946 telegram predicts much of Russia’s 21st-century foreign policy
Did an American diplomat foresee the Kremlin's attempts to split the West? In 1946, George Kennan's writings inspired the West's policy of 'containment' of the USSR, anticipated today's Russian troll farms and eerily predicted the rise of Vladimir Putin. Now, as tensions rise across Eastern Europe, Simon Kuper speculates that Kennan's work is more relevant than ever to help us understand Russia in the current crisis and beyond.
From Financial Times