Russia: From Cold War to Hot Peace
Monday, September 17 at 2:00 pm
Speaking In Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations. The topic is Russia, and the speaker is Ambassador Michael McFaul, who served in that capacity to Russia in from 2009 to 2012.
Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He is also an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. Dr. McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014).
He is the author of several books, including Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should, How We Can; with Kathryn Stoner, Transitions To Democracy: A Comparative Perspective; with James Goldgeier, Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War; and Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin. His most recent is From Cold War to Hot Peace, the story of his experience as US Ambassador to Russia, and his fraught relationship with Putin. His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development.
Dr. McFaul was born and raised in Montana. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. As a Rhodes Scholar, he completed his D. Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University in 1991.