Kennan & Nitze: Who Would be Similar Rivals Today?


My friend and colleague Nicholas Thompson — a senior editor at Wired, a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, and the grandson of strategist and Kennan-thorn Paul Nitze — has a terrific new book out about the personal and intellectual rivalry and relationship between Nitze and George Kennan.
The book is titled The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan and the History of the Cold War. It’s a fantastic book to give for the holidays — and runs in the style of Fred Kaplan’s Wizards of Armageddon that profiled the rivalry between early nuclear strategists Bernard Brodie and Albert Wohlstetter — as well as Strobe Talbott’s arms control era epic Deadly Gambits: The Reagan Administration and the Stalemate in Nuclear Arms Control which gives a captivating account of the internal battles between Reagan administration officials Richard Burt and Richard Perle (who will be speaking on a panel with me at this American Interest/New America Foundation event tomorrow).
I interview Nick briefly about the book above, but for a longer discussion that was held at the New America Foundation, you can watch this link here.
I will be back to posting more new stuff tomorrow. I have a huge holiday party tonight in my home and have been struggling to get beyond the issues created by two feet of snow and a lot of ice.
Happy holidays to all.
Steve Clemons


4 comments on “Kennan & Nitze: Who Would be Similar Rivals Today?

  1. erichwwk says:

    check out this BBC video on the US effort to create an Afghanistan army, to get a sense of how absurd it appears to many to avoid dealing with the legitimate al queda grievances, and go on a “fools errand” (thanks to Bruce Gagnon:
    Btw, George Schultz was on the “right side” at Reykjavík, Richard Perle was not, and is not. Where George Schultz, one of the “four horseman” is today, IMO, is still an open question, but yes, he strikes me as being a realist, compared to those still believing one can create reality through PR.
    But kudos for the effort to be inclusive, in the panel that did include Richard.


  2. Mr.Murder says:

    Talking to Schultz might develop better perspectives, he seems to have moderated away from the war stance of the GOP this past decade.
    A lot of major players have actually changed their tack on the direction we are going. They see tables turned and know where this Brzez course leads … into a central Asian cave full of ghosts and fallen superpowers.


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