Michael McFaul is professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first at the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council, then as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation.

He is also an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post.

Last Updated: April 17, 2018