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Great Seal Stephen R. Sestanovich
Ambassador at Large and Special Adviser
To the Secretary of State for the New Independent States
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Biography

Stephen R. Sestanovich, of Washington, DC, was sworn in as Ambassador at Large and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States (NIS) on September 19, 1997. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 16, 1997.

As principal adviser to the Secretary for the New Independent States, Ambassador Sestanovich is responsible for the overall coordination of U.S. relations with and assistance to the NIS of the former Soviet Union, coordination of policy of the NIS both within the Department and with other government entities, and serves as the principal spokesman for the Administration and the Department of State before Congress and the public on policy toward the NIS.

Before joining the Department of State, Ambassador Sestanovich was the Vice President for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversaw the Endowment's policy research center in Moscow and its program of post-Soviet studies in Washington, DC. From 1987 to 1994, Dr. Sestanovich was Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. From 1984 to 1987, he was Senior Director for Policy Development at the National Security Council. Dr. Sestanovich served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State in 1981-84 and was Senior Legislative Assistant for Foreign Policy to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1980-1981.

Ambassador Sestanovich holds a BA degree from Cornell University (1972) and a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University (1978). He is married and has two children.

Released by the Office of the New Independent States of the Former U.S.S.R. on November 11, 1998

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