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Articles and Essays

McFaul in the Quad

The following are selected academic articles and policy essays.

January 6, 2017

How Trump Can Play Nice With Russia, Without Selling Out America

ForeignPolicy.com

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump was a whirlwind of vagaries and contradictions when it came to foreign policy, making it...

December 8, 2016

Reading Reagan in Tehran: A Strategy of Realistic Engagement

The Washington Quarterly

By Michael McFaul & Abbas Milani...

July 30, 2016

How to Counter the Putin Playbook

The New York Times

 A quarter-century ago, at the end of the Cold War, it seemed that only democracies promoted...

August 3, 2015

Who Lost Russia (This Time)? Vladimir Putin

The Washington Quarterly

with Kathryn Stoner

Vol. 38, No. 2 (Summer 2015)

In the late 1990s, as Russia’s economy descended into a death spiral— eventually...

March 23, 2014

Confronting Putin’s Russia

The New York Times
December 27, 2012

The Precarious Peace: Domestic Politics in the Making of Russian Foreign Policy

International Security
March 1, 2009

Engaging Autocrats (and Democrats) to Facilitate Democratic Transitions

Democracy in U.S. Security Strategy
December 1, 2007

Should Democracy Be Promoted or Demoted?

The Washington Quarterly

The tragic result of the gap between declared objectives and strategies on democracy promotion is that many Americans are starting to view this...

December 1, 2007

The Myth of the Authoritarian Model

Foreign Affairs

How Putin's Crackdown Holds Russia Back

with Kathryn Stoner-Weiss

Vol. 87, No. 1 (Winter 2007)

The conventional...

September 28, 2007

Ukraine Imports Democracy: External Influences on the Orange Revolution

International Security

Vol. 32, No. 2 (Fall 2007)

Can the West promote democracy? An examination of one critical case, the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine,...

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