In the summer of 1947 George Kennan published an article in the foreign policy magazine, Foreign Affairs , identifying himself as "X," in "The Sources of Soviet Conduct" a.k.a. the "X-article." The article introduced the term "containment" to a larger audience. As the U.S. response to the origins of the cold war, containment wanted a persistent and patient long-term strategy to guarantee a change in the nature of the Soviet Union.
The X-article was not thought to be an official government statement. It drew a lot of criticism by