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Articles and Essays

McFaul in the Quad

The following are selected academic articles and policy essays.

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,...

April 1, 2007

Are New Democracies War-Prone?

Journal of Democracy

April 2007

A review of Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War by Edward D. Mansfield and Jack Snyder...

March 26, 2007

Constructing Self-Enforcing Federalism in the Early United States and Modern Russia

Publius: A Journal of Federalism

All federal systems face the two fundamental dilemmas of federalism: too strong a center risks overawing the subnational units; and...

October 1, 2005

Chinese Dreams, Persian Realities

Journal of Democracy

The mid-2005 election of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad as Iran's new president left those committed to democratic change in the country feeling shocked and...