THURSDAY, MAY 24TH, 2018
*PREMIUM MEMBER LUNCHEON *
“From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia”
Ambassador Michael McFaul
Former US Ambassador To Russia (2012-2014)
Professor of Political Science at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University
How can we best describe US-Russia relations? Michael McFaul, recent US Ambassador to Russia, says we have just transitioned from a “Cold War” to a “Hot Peace”. The nerve agent attacks on a former Russian spy and his daughter in England, the investigation into interference in the 2016 US election, and the ongoing war Russia is waging in the Ukraine four years after Russia originally invaded, among other things, . . . all raise serious questions.
On Tuesday, May 24, McFaul, who served as President Obama’s advisor on Russian Affairs before serving as Ambassador 2012-14, will talk with VIP members at an OC WAC luncheon about Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his character and goals, challenges, and impacts. McFaul, one of America’s top experts on post-Soviet Russia, will provide valuable perspective on the turbulent past relations, current news headlines, and the future of US-Russian relations.
Read a review of McFaul’s latest book From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia.
Ambassador Michael McFaul – BIO
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 was also the Distinguished Mingde Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center at Peking University from June to August of 2015.
He has authored 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 current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development. Dr. McFaul’s latest book “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia” comes out Spring 2018.
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.
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