containment


containment
/keuhn tayn"meuhnt/, n.
1. the act or condition of containing.
2. an act or policy of restricting the territorial growth or ideological influence of another, esp. a hostile nation.
3. (in a nuclear power plant) an enclosure completely surrounding a nuclear reactor, designed to prevent the release of radioactive material in the event of an accident.
[1645-55; CONTAIN + -MENT]

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Strategic U.S. foreign policy of the late 1940s and early 1950s intended to check the expansionist designs of the Soviet Union through economic, military, diplomatic, and political means.

It was conceived by George Kennan soon after World War II. An early application of containment was the Truman Doctrine (1947), which guaranteed U.S. aid to "free peoples" resisting "armed subjugation" by communist forces. See also Marshall Plan.

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 strategic foreign policy pursued by the United States in the late 1940s and the early 1950s in order to check the expansionist policy of the Soviet Union (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). In an anonymous article in the July 1947 issue of Foreign Affairs, George F. Kennan (Kennan, George F.), diplomat and U.S. State Department adviser on Soviet affairs, suggested a “long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies” in the hope that the regime would mellow or collapse. The Truman Doctrine of 1947, with its guarantee of immediate economic and military aid to Greece and Turkey, was an initial application of the policy of containment.

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