Stephen Sestanovich

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Stephen Sestanovich (born June 8, 1950) is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His areas of expertise include Russia and the former Soviet Union, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and U.S. foreign policy.[1]


Stephen Sestanovich holds a B.A. from Cornell University (1972) and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University (1978). He has held several government positions since 1980, including senior legislative assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1980 to 1981), policy planner for the Department of State during the Reagan Administration (1981 to 1984), and senior director for policy development at the United States National Security Council (1984 to 1987). He later served as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union under United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997–2001).

In addition to his teaching duties, he is currently the George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.[2]

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