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SIPA Faculty’s New Book is Out


Dr. Stephen Sestanovich, a professor of international diplomacy and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the United States ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union from 1992 to 2001, has a new book out.  He joined SIPA’s faculty in the fall of 2001 as the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Diplomacy.  Professor Sestanovich is also the director of the International Fellows Program.  He currently teaches the “US Role in World Affairs” course at SIPA.

Professor Sestanovich’s new book, Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama looks at sweep of U.S. foreign policy since 1940s.  It upends the accepted notions of widely known events and shows how personalities can play as important a role as events in creating policies. Sestanovich argues that, “there is much to learn from the history of American foreign policy, but that we can’t learn it from the sepia-tinted versions of the past that have dominated public discussion in recent years.”

SIPA will host an event in recognition of Professor Sestanovich and Maximalist on March 26 at 6 p.m. in the International Affairs Building.

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