Date of Award

Fall 1990

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Lorraine M. Lees

Committee Member

Thomas M. Burkman

Committee Member

Peter C. Stewart

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47B43


As head of the Policy Planning Staff of the Department of State, George F. Kennan had the opportunity to implement aspects of the containment policy which he had helped to create. In 1947, Japan became vital to United States national security interests in Asia but was threatened by Communist infiltration because of an unstable political and economic situation promulgated by the initial post-surrender policy immediately after the war. An investigation by Kennan led to the implementation of significant changes which were enumerated in a National Security Council Report. This thesis will examine Kennan's foreign policy philosophy, the containment theory, the original Potsdam objectives and policies for Japan, and Planning Staff reviews 10 and 28. This research is documented by archival sources, government publications, George Kennan's original works and secondary sources and journals.


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