At the risk of simplifying history, one can say that the Cold War began with a telegram. In Moscow in February 1946, the US diplomat George F Kennan sent a diplomatic cable to the State Department in Washington. His 8,000-word dispatch, known as the Long Telegram, established the intellectual framework for the US policy of containment of the USSR.
The next cold war might begin with a tweet. Twitter is a favoured means of communication for...
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