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Michael McFaul

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speaks: Michael McFaul


Welcome to the first audio installment in our speaks series, where we sit down with leading experts and grasp how the COVID crisis has changed their lives and their work. Today we sit down for an interview with former Russian Amb. and current Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University Michael McFaul for a conversation ranging from how smaller countries have been adversely impacted by our transition to virtual diplomacy and lifestyles and the importance of body language in conducting negotiations — we hope you’ll enjoy. You’ll find the show below.


3 Jun 2021

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Ambassador Michael McFaul - The Ambassadorial Series Interview

The Ambassadorial Series

"We said we're not going to check our values at the door in order to negotiate with the Russian autocratic regime. We were pretty blunt. If anybody knows me, they know that I speak pretty bluntly about these things, and it's not my first rodeo dealing with Russian officials, 2009, I've been at this for a long time. We didn't call Medvedev a democratic leader of the free world; we didn't praise him. We said, 'We're going to do this deal here, and then we're going to talk about these other things where we have disagreements.'" - Ambassador Michael McFaul The Ambassadorial Series is a one-of-a-kind docuseries featuring in-depth interviews with eight of the living former U.S. ambassadors to Russia and the Soviet Union. In eight, hour-long podcast episodes, the ambassadors recall their experiences in strikingly personal terms. They share insights from high-stakes negotiations and reflections on the challenges and dangers they sometimes faced. The ambassadors discuss a range of geopolitical issues from their decades of experience, including the Soviet Union’s breakup and the tense months that preceded it, the 1991 attempted coup, President Yeltsin’s 1993 standoff, the early years of President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the 2008 Russo-Georgian war. The ambassadors also discuss nuclear, cyber, and economic cooperation, the impact of sanctions, and how social media and other technology changed their ability to communicate with the Russian people, among much else.


11 May 2021

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1.2 - Estonia's Shelter with Fmr. Ambassador Michael McFaul

The Tallinn University Podcast

A conversation with former US Ambassador to Russia Prof. Michael McFaul. We discuss changes in US foreign policy in the region from Prof. McFaul's time in the Obama administration, through the Trump era, and what a Biden Presidency will mean for Estonia and the region as a whole. Plus, we reflect on Prof. McFaul's personal experiences in Estonia, Russia, and the USSR, and muse on the future of International Relations. Recorded at the Tallinn University Winter School of International Relations - 26 February 2021. 

1hr 10mins

25 Mar 2021

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Russia: From Cold War to Hot Peace with Amb. Michael McFaul

Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs

In this special episode of the podcast, we discuss the future of U.S.-Russia relations under the Biden Administration with former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.The collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War generated meteoric expectations for US-Russia relations. Just thirty years later, not only have these expectations not been met, but the cold war has been replaced by a new era of U.S.-Russia confrontation — a hot peace.In this episode, we dive into the development of this new confrontational era and discuss what policy direction the Biden administration might choose to take. Furthermore, we examine just how instrumental Vladimir Putin is to the future of US-Russia relations. To listen to this episode, find the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs on iTunes or Spotify, or click the link below!Russia: From Cold War to Hot Peace with Amb. Michael McFaulAmbassador McFaul 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 is currently the director at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Professor of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also the author of New York Times bestseller From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia.This episode is available in video form on Youtube, simple search: Amb. McFaul – Hopkins Podcast on Foreign AffairsFollow us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @HopkinsPOFA Send us an email at: Hopkinspofa@gmail.com

29 Jan 2021

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Alexey Navalny and Protests in Russia, with Amb. Michael McFaul

Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters

On January 23, protests erupted in several cities and town across Russia in support of Alexey Navalny, the anti-corruption activist who was poisoned in an assassination attempt last August.  Navalny returned to Russia and was promptly arrested.  On the line with me to discuss the significance of these protests and what they signal about politics in Russia today is Michael McFaul, who served as US Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014.  Link to McFaul's International Security article Support the Show! 


28 Jan 2021

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71: Michael McFaul & David Folkenflik

Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt

With Russia in upheaval, and our media not exactly sure how to cover the Biden Administration, Al and James are joined by former Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, and NPR’s David Folkenflik to take a look at how both will fare after the transition to the new presidency.  Can the media keep the Biden Administration honest while respecting the American people?  And will Russia fall to the wayside on its own or will more action be necessary?  No matter how things play out, Al and James don’t think the Republican party will be much help in the foreseeable future, but there’s always hope! Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Michael McFaul Twitter Website Author of ‘From Cold War To Hot Peace’   And Many Other Books David Folkenflik Twitter NPR Author of ‘Murdoch’s World’ Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press Email your questions to James and Al at  POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: WORD FOREST  WORD FOREST IS OFFERING YOU 2500 COINS AND 500 GEMS WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD AND PLAY.  GO TO THE APPLE OR GOOGLE STORE AND SEARCH FOR WORD FOREST TO DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE TODAY.MAGIC SPOON GO TO WWW.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM TO GRAB A VARIETY PACK AND TRY IT TODAY! AND BE SURE TO USE OUR PROMO CODE WARROOM (THAT’S ONE WORD) AT CHECKOUT TO SAVE FIVE DOLLARS OFF YOUR ORDER.

1hr 29mins

28 Jan 2021

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Uncle Sam and Mother Russia - A Complicated Relationship featuring U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul

Breaking Protocol with Bob Satawake

This episode features U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul an international foreign policy expert who has literally spent a lifetime researching, studying, working on and writing about the importance of international government relationships, specifically the relationship between the United States and Russia.  He is the author of several books, most recently the New York Times bestseller From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia. 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 Bachelors in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his Masters in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. As a Rhodes Scholar, he completed his Doctorate in Philosophy in International Relations at Oxford University in 1991. In this episode he provides his extraordinary insight on the future of international relationships and foreign policy and specifically addresses his experiences as the U.S. envoy to the Russian Federation. 


26 Jan 2021

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Threats to U.S. Democracy

KQED's Forum

President Trump’s refusal to concede the presidential race, his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, and his replacement of Pentagon officials with loyalists is drawing comparisons to actions by authoritarian leaders. We’ll talk with political scientists and former ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, about threats to American democracy and a peaceful transfer of power. And we’ll discuss the challenges president-elect Biden is likely to face in rebuilding world alliances and addressing threats from Russia and China.


12 Nov 2020

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"From Cold War To Hot Peace" By Michael McFaul

Reader's Corner

This is an encore presentation. It’s not everyday that we interview an author who has stared into Vladimir Putin's eyes while being accused of "purposely seeking to ruin U.S.-Russia relations." As President Barack Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, Michael McFaul helped craft the United States’ policy, known as “reset,” that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency.


16 Oct 2020

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Former Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul: What Vladimir Putin Is Really Like and What He Wants Now (#11)

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Get an inside account from former Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, who’s known Putin for nearly 30 years, on what Vladimir Putin is really like, what he wants now, what's going on in Russia and U.S. relations, and when regime change will happen in Russia. 


13 Oct 2020