© 2022 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Up To Date

How Change And Doubt Lead To America's Success On The Global Stage

Random House

For those who think steadfast policy and international cooperation led to America's accomplishments on the global stage, Stephen Sestanovich says, think again. The former U.S. ambassador-at-large to the Soviet Union argues it has been when the U.S. has changed course from established strategies that it has realized success in the world.

On this edition of Up to Date, Dr. Sestanovich and host Steve Kraske discuss just how chaotic and confused past leaders and advisors were when it came to this country's conduct of its foreign policy. They also look at the difficulties so many Presidents had when dealing with allies in trying to form united fronts to global issues. Sestanovich concludes that for this country, one of its most pressing and overlooked issues at present is how it will keep current alliances "a source of strength for American policies."


  • Stephen Sestanovich is currently the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Diplomacy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and the George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.


When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.