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Michael McFaul

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014); Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council (2009-2011); and NBC News Analyst

A recognized expert on Russia and the region, Michael McFaul takes audiences into the crisis in Ukraine discussing the economic and foreign policy implications for the United States, its allies, and partners around the world.

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Confronting Putin’s Russia: Long-Term Economic and Foreign Policy Implications

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael McFaul takes audiences inside the escalating crisis in Ukraine and the Russian presence in Crimea. He offers a comprehensive explanation for why this conflict between Russia and the West has occurred, and speculates about the long-term security and economic implications of this new era in Russia’s relations with the West. What will be the effect of the sanctions and should they be stronger? How do Russia’s actions impact the ongoing war in Syria and the Iran nuclear talks, both of which Russia is a major player? How is this new era similar and different from the Cold War? Informed from five years of experience of working with the Russian government at the highest levels, McFaul provides unique insights to one of the greatest challenges to European stability in several decades. Both as a scholar and senior official in the Obama administration, McFaul also provides a uniquely informed perspective on U.S. foreign policy challenges, both with respect to this current crisis with Russia but also more generally.

Foreign Policy Challenges Around the World

In this presentation, McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council, gives audiences an historical and forward-thinking prospective into the successes, obstacles and/or challenges facing the U.S., our allies and our adversaries around the world.

Meet Michael McFaul

A recognized expert on Russia and the region, Michael McFaul takes audiences into the crisis in Ukraine discussing the economic and foreign policy implications for the United States, its allies, and partners around the world.

Michael McFaul served as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation from January 2012 to February 2014. Prior to becoming ambassador, he served for three years as the special assistant to President Obama and senior director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council. His interest, knowledge and experience with Russia dates back many decades, giving him a historical and forward-thinking prospective on recent events which he addressed in a recent New York Times opinion piece: “The decision by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to annex Crimea ended the post-Cold War era in Europe. Since the late Gorbachev-Reagan years, the era was defined by zigzags of cooperation and disputes between Russia and the West, but always with an underlying sense that Russia was gradually joining the international order. No more. Our new era is one defined by ideological clashes, nationalistic resurgence and territorial occupation—an era in some ways similar to the tragic periods of confrontation in 20th-century Europe. And yet there are important differences, and understanding the distinction will be critical to a successful American foreign policy in the coming decades.” He discusses with audiences the escalating crisis in Ukraine and the Russian presence in Crimea and the widespread economic and foreign policy implications, including the effect of sanctions, the impact on the war in Syria, and the Iran nuclear talks, both of which Russia is a major player. Today, McFaul is a professor of political science and Hoover fellow at Stanford University. He is also the director of the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies. He also recently joined NBC as a news analyst and is the author and editor of several monographs.

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