Michael Anthony McFaul is an American academic and professor of political science who served as the United States Ambassador to Russia. Prior to his nomination to the ambassadorial position, McFaul worked for the U.S. National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs.
Bill’s guests are Megyn Kelly, Ingrid Newkirk, Erick Erickson, Alex Wagner, and Michael McFaul. (Originally aired 1/24/20)
This month, we're revisiting our favorite shows. Today, Christiane speaks with former US Ambassador Michael McFaul about the Russia-USA relationship and where it all went wrong. via Knit
In this episode of the podcast, Rich sits down in Palo Alto with Stanford Professor Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, to discuss his new book on U.S.-Russia relations, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia. McFaul tells Rich about how he became President Barack Obama’s ambassador, after previously serving at the National Security Council, and the challenges that awaited him in Moscow. McFaul comments on Russia’s place in the current U.S. National Security Strategy and the continued problems facing the bilateral relationship. The two also examine Russia’s relationships with several countries in Asia including India, Afghanistan, and China.
Michael McFaul, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Obama, talks with Terry Gross about the upcoming Trump-Putin summit. He says Putin "doesn't meet just for the sake of a meeting; he seeks to advance Russian interests." McFaul's new memoir is 'From Cold War to Hot Peace.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Deborah Levy's new memoir about divorce at age 50.
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Oct 1st, 1963
Stanford, California, USA
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