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Michael A. McFaul, PhD

Stanford Professor of Political Science; Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; CISAC Affiliated Faculty Member

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May 25th, 2011

Michael McFaul Comments from the G8 Summit

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At the Group of Eight Summit in Deauville, France, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed Russia's bid to join the WTO and its concerns about deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in Eastern Europe. "They have a perception that when we get to that phase, that there may be some capability to threaten what we call strategic stability," said Michael McFaul, senior director for Russia on the National Security Council and former CDDRL Director and FSI Deputy Director. "We have no intention of doing that."




February 22nd, 2011

Michael McFaul in the New York Times on recent democratic transitions

CDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news: New York Times on February 19, 2011

Michael McFaul, senior advisor on Russia to President Obama and former director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), comments in the New York Times on uprisings and democratic transitions in recent years. "There are many different factors involved in the cases we have looked at: economic crises, aging authoritarians, negotiated transitions between elites," he says. Adds McFaul, who spent the last several weeks churning out case studies for the president and National Security Council based on work he and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss did at Stanford with the support of the Smith Richardson Foundation, "There is not one story line or a single model. There are many paths to democratic transitions and most of them are messy."




January 6th, 2011

Moving critical policy forward

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

The end of 2010 was a particularly busy time in Washington D.C., and CISAC scholars played a key role helping move critical policy forward. Michael McFaul, President Obama's senior advisor on Russia, was heavily involved with negotiating the New START treaty, which was ratified in December. William J. Perry, the former secretary of defense, was also a key advisor to the president on the issue. Obama also signed a bill in December repealing the Don't Ask Don't Tell law that has, since 1993, prohibited the U.S. military from undertaking efforts to determine the sexual preferences of service members. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, helped lead the White House effort to implement the president's goal of repealing the policy in his role as Special Assistant to President Obama for Justice and Regulatory Policy. Cuéllar also coordinated the president's Food Safety Working Group and negotiated provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which Obama signed in January. The law requires, for the first time, the creation of a National Agriculture and Food Defense Strategy to harness American scientific and technical expertise in protecting the American food supply. The new law's inspection and documentation requirements will also help facilitate monitoring to identify security-related vulnerabilities.




December 24th, 2010

New START Treaty wins Senate approval

CISAC, FSI Stanford, CDDRL News

President Obama and members of his national security team — including Stanford's Michael McFaul, senior advisor on Russia and former Deputy Director of FSI and Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law — gather in the Oval Office to celebrate Senate approval of the new START Treaty. Signed in April by President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the treaty was ultimately approved 71/26 in the Senate. The treaty will reduce deployed warheads and missile launchers, and restore mutual verification procedures, and is regarded as one more step toward the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons.



November 17th, 2010

Obama and Medvedev discuss priorities on final journey of 10-day Asia trip

CDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news: New York Times on November 14, 2010

Michael McFaul, former CDDRL director and deputy director of FSI now serving as President Obama's senior advisor on Russia, accompanied President Obama during his meeting in Japan with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the final session of the American president's 10-day trip through Asia. President Obama stated that ratification of the New Start Treaty now before the Senate was a top priority, and also underscored his commitment to lifting cold-war era trade restrictions, an important step that would pave the way for Russia to join the World Trade Organization.





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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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