Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs at Stanford University
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Michael McFaul is the Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs, professor of political science, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, all at Stanford University. He also works as an analyst for NBC News, and writes a monthly column for The Washington Post. He served 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; Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (with James Goldgeier) and Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin. His current research projects include U.S. relations with China, Russia, and Iran; comparative populisms; and the relationship between development and democracy. 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.
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