Who was George keenan?

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George Keenan was a foreign service officer for the United States and considered the "father of containment" -- the policy the US took against the USSR and communism during the Cold War. Keenan was highly influential under George Marshall's reign as Secretary of State under Truman. In fact, he became the first director of the Policy Planning Staff.

In 1946 he sent a famous "long telegram" from Moscow that described the Soviets as insecure and expansionist by nature.

In 1947 he published a letter titled "The Sources of Soviet Conduct" which appeared in Foreign Affairs -- given his role as a civil servant he signed it Mr. X.

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