Speeches & Testimony

The following are selected speeches and testimony.

September 6, 2018

Testimony to the Senate Banking Committee “Russian Sanctions: Current Effectiveness and Potential Next Steps”

The Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will meet in open session to conduct a hearing on “Outside Perspectives on Russia Sanctions: Current Effectiveness and Potential for Next Steps.”  The witnesses will be:  The Honorable Daniel Fried, The Honorable Michael A. McFaul, Ms. Heather A. Conley, Ms. Rachel Ziemba. 

May 14, 2018

From Cold War to Hot Peace Book Talk

Stanford FSI

"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 9, 2018

The New U.S.-Russian Cold War - Who is to Blame?

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University

Please join The Harriman Institute and New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia for a debate between Stephen F. Cohen (Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at New York University and Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University) and Michael McFaul (Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University) on “The New U.S.-Russian Cold War: Who is to Blame?"

February 7, 2018

From Cold War to Hot Peace

Stanford University
June 12, 2017

The Trump-Putin “Bromance” | TEDxStanford


During his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Russia under President Obama, Stanford Political Science Professor Michael McFaul lived with death threats against him and his family. Since returning to the U.S., McFaul has been banned from returning to Russia, but at home he is one of the most sought-after observers of what he calls the Trump-Putin “Bromance.” His take on Russia today is both insightful and troubling. But as he says, “Diplomacy is not a popularity contest.”

June 14, 2016

U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing: “U.S. Policy Towards Putin’s Russia.”

U.S. House of Representatives Document Repository

U.S.-Russia relations today are more strained and more confrontational than at any time since the end of the Cold War. In fact, even some periods of the Cold War seemed more cooperative than our current era. For the first time since the end of the World War II, a European country has annexed territory of a neighbor. Emboldened by the relative ease of Crimea’s annexation, Vladimir Putin then went a step further and intervened in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to wrestle more territory away from Kiev’s control.

December 12, 2015

Montana State University, Fall 2015

Montana State University
July 2, 2014

A New Cold War with Russia?

Aspen Ideas Festival

US-Russian relations have reached one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War. Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia and author of such books as Russia's Unfinished Revolution, will shed light on the tenuous relationship between Moscow and Washington. As Russia and the US face off over Ukraine, can they continue to cooperate on Syria and Iran?

May 19, 2014

Michael McFaul on Vladimir Putin and Russia

Hoover Institution

In this Uncommon Knowledge, Hoover fellow Peter Robinson speaks with former US ambassador to Russia, Hoover senior fellow, and Stanford political science professor Michael McFaul. McFaul discusses Russian president Vladimir Putin's complex and evolving rhetoric and strategic objectives, emphasizing recent developments in the US-Russia relationship, Putin and former US Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, and Ukraine's strategic importance to Russia.

June 9, 2012

The Reset: Theory, Results, Future. Lecture at the New Economic School in Moscow

US Embassy in Russia