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Michael McFaul is a leading expert on Russia, American foreign policy, and democratic development around the world. A former U.S. ambassador to Russia, McFaul is currently a professor of political science at Stanford University, the director of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.


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Featured Interviews & Talks

May 24, 2018

John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture With Michael McFaul

May 14, 2018

From Cold War to Hot Peace Book Talk

"He turned away from Tom to stare intensely at me with his steely blue eyes and stern scowl to accuse me of purposely seeking to ruin U.S.-Russia relations. Putin seemed genuinely angry with me." FSI Director Michael McFaul speaks about his journey from Montana debater to Stanford University faculty member to Obama administration advisor and finally to U.S. ambassador to Russia and Putin's personal foe. His new book "From Cold War to Hot Peace," tells his story while explaining the last 30 years of U.S.-Russia relations.

May 11, 2018

Putin needed an American enemy. He picked me.

A widespread state disinformation campaign said I wanted to overthrow Russia's government

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