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Michael A. McFaul, PhD   Download vCard
Stanford Professor of Political Science; Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; CISAC Affiliated Faculty Member

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Stanford, CA 94305-6055


Research Interests
American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development


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Michael McFaul is professor of political science, Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs all at Stanford University. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He also works as an analyst for NBC News. He also 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 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 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.

Stanford Departments
Political Science; Hoover Institution

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace



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U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul's YouTube Presentation
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul's introduction video.
January 16, 2012 in Youtube

McFaul nominated for Russian ambassadorship
President Obama recently nominated Michael McFaul B.A., M.A. ’86, political science professor and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) to the United States ambassadorship to Russia.
September 26, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

Stanford's Michael McFaul nominated as new ambassador to Russia
Michael McFaul, a Stanford political science professor, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Hoover Institution Bing Senior Fellow, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the next ambassador to Russia.
September 16, 2011 in Stanford University News

In US-Russia Dialogue On Human Rights, A Tougher Tone
Michael McFaul, senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs on the US president's National Security Council, described the talks in an interview with RFE/RL.
June 15, 2011 in RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Russia in WTO Good for US, US National Security Council Official Says
Michael A. McFaul, a Senior Director of Russian Affairs at the US National Security Council, delivered the keynote address. The conference was geared towards inform policymakers and the public of the prospects for Russia's inclusion in the WTO later ...
April 16, 2011 in Forbes (blog)

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