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Containment Policies Americas approach to contain the threat of communism As it became increasingly clear that there would be a competition for power in the new world order the United States and Russia formulated foreign polices designed to limit the expansion of the other In the case of the United States the policy was known as containment Simply put it was the goal of the US to contain the spread of Communism Containment of the Soviet Union became American policy in the postwar years George Kennan a top embassy official in Moscow defined the new approach in a long telegram he sent to the State Department in 1946 Pointing to Russias traditional sense of insecurity Kennan argued that the Soviet Union would not soften its stance under any circumstances and Moscow was committed fanatically to the belief that with the US there can be no permanent modus vivendi Moscows pressure to expand its power had to be stopped through firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies Soviet Foreign policy as WWII ends The Soviet Union and Stalin felt the need to control buffer states in Eastern Europe and controlled most European nations with an iron grip The Soviet Union feared US domination in the surrounding countries Stalin wanted to demonstrate the superiority of the Soviet system over capitalism and was looking for new friends abroad to break the containment placed around them Churchill described the Soviet domination of Eastern Europe as the Iron Curtain Stalin relied on the MarxistCommunist philosophy called for worldwide communist revolution to which he created the Comintern to facilitate said revolutions Many new states were entering the international community in these years and Russia was eager to wean them away from the west without having much knowledge of the local conditions which meant that its diplomatic gains turned out to be losses President Truman plans to enforce the Containment Policy The first significant application of the
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