Why does Mr. X argue that containment was necessary and would succeed in "The Sources of Soviet Conduct"?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

When George Kennan wrote his famous "long telegram" he was making an important argument about why containment was necessary and why it could be successful.

He said the containment was necessary because the Soviets believed that they were being encircled by a hostile West.  He said that they would try to expand as much as they could because they felt that they were in a perpetual conflict with the West.

Kennan argued that containment would work because the Soviet Union was weak.  He said that it would be likely to experience instability within the country because it did not have enough of an economy to give its people all the things they wanted.  Therefore, he argued, the West could contain the Soviets and wait for them to fall apart from within.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial