From Lyndon Johnson to Henry Kissinger to George W. Bush, the U.S.’s dominant role in global affairs has been wrought with divisive decision making, clashes between friends and allies, and leaders’ internal struggles to find the narrow path between underperformance and over commitment. Stephen Sestanovich explores the dramatic results of American global primacy built on these anxious foundations and unearths the backroom stories and personalities that bring American foreign policy to life.
Stephen Sestanovich, author of Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama, is Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Diplomacy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Robert Kagan (moderator) is a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution.
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