Michael McFaul


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That China is rising hardly counts as news. For years now, Beijing has been steadily expanding its economic and military power. Yet for most of that time, Chinese leaders deliberately downplayed their growing clout, preferring instead to try to avoid engaging in great-power politics while focusing on domestic development.feedback
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Nov 17 2017
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Jul 28 2017 - Trump-Putin

I don't think they are going to walk away from that just yet. I believe that Putin still believes there might be something he can do with Trump.feedback

Jul 19 2017 - Trump-Putin

In spending so much time with Putin he was not spending time with other leaders. Both regarding substance and symbolism, that's important. Obama used a Russian interpreter a few times for pull-asides. Obama always prepared for pull-asides. In a 'prebrief' beforehand, we would discuss what to say, what to watch for, what to push.feedback

Jul 19 2017 - Trump-Putin

It's important to have someone taking notes so that the U.S. government knows what commitments the president made to Putin. Whatever the president says becomes policy, and is very difficult to walk back. But it's hard for lower level officials to follow that policy if they don't know what he said.feedback

Jul 12 2017 - Russia

I worked on a campaign in 2007 and 2008 and I was the Russia adviser to President Obama and we vetted these kinds of meetings very closely, precisely to avoid even the appearance of something like this. That was my experience, that was my job. I'm not sure who did this for the Trump campaign, but that was my job.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - Russia

Putin has been the major source of problems in the U.S.-Russia relationship, not Washington.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Trump-Putin

He still believes that at the end of the day he can pull Trump towards his agenda and wants to do that.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Russia

He blamed the 'deep state' for thwarting efforts to cooperate. He went through a series vignettes over eight years with Bush: 'We did this, got close on this, yet it was your side that screwed it all up.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

You don't want to come out of there saying, We're friends, and the enemy is the deep state and the media. If it were somebody else other than Trump, you could imagine a tough conversation about Ukraine and election meddling, but that's probably too optimistic. Politics does constrain, I think, the parameters of the possible for any kind of major breakthrough.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - Trump-Putin

He should know and we should understand: Putin is coming with an agenda. Putin is going to be prepared. If you are going to freelance it, doesn't mean he's going to. He is a very effective interlocutor.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - Syria conflict

I hope that he would think about first: what is our objective in Ukraine? What is our objective in Syria? And secondarily, how do I go about achieving that in my meeting with Putin?feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Kremlin

The punishment did not fit the crime. Russia violated our sovereignty, meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy – electing our president. The Kremlin should have paid a much higher price for that attack. And U.S. policymakers now – both in the White House and Congress – should consider new actions to deter future Russian interventions.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Human Rights

Why is Cuba the only country in the world Trump allegedly cares about human rights?feedback

Jun 09 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

People I know, they look at what's happening with McMaster and they think, well, if you're the national security adviser and you can't even get in that sentence, just an obviously low-hanging-fruit achievement, why should anybody assume you'll have any control over major foreign policy decisions?feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Kremlin

I can think of many back channels that one might cultivate to have close, discreet, indirect communications with Putin. VEB's Gorkov would not make my list.feedback

May 17 2017 - Trump-Putin

It has become much more difficult to argue that our democracy is an example for other countries.feedback

May 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

They created this problem themselves by not letting everyone in.feedback

Apr 28 2017

It may be too early to tell.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

Of course, it is not coincidence that General Flynn was placed next to President Putin. Flynn was considered a close Trump advisor. … Why else would they want him there?feedback

Apr 18 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

It is not coincidence that Flynn was placed next to President Putin. Flynn was considered a close Trump adviser. Why else would they want him there?feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Trump-Putin

Things will only happen as a result of direct personal, sustained contact between Putin and Trump. That's the way things work with Putin.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Chemical weapons

For me, this tragedy underscores the dangers of trying to do deals with dictators without a comprehensive, invasive and permanent inspection regime. It also shows the limits of doing deals with Putin. Surely, the Russians must have known about these C.W.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

Trump most certainly has fueled deep divisions among American elites and society, pushing all of us to focus inward – on our internal polarizing differences – and giving less attention to Putin's domestic or foreign policy behavior. Stories and discussion about Russian interventions in Ukraine and Syria, just months ago the center of attention in U.S. foreign policy debates, have faded from the public eye. Likewise, top leaders in the new administration seem indifferent to the continuing autocratic trends inside Russia.feedback

Mar 31 2017

It's shocking. I used to work at the White House. I used to work at the NSC. . . . I never, ever briefed a U.S. congressman on anything in that capacity, and I'm not aware of anyone who did when I was there.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Democratic Party

After the vote results came in last November, many Russians close to the Kremlin celebrated. “Our Trump” - or #TrumpNash, as they tweeted - had been elected president of the United States. Few in Moscow expected Donald Trump to win, but many Russians wanted him to win, including Vladimir Putin. The Russian president so passionately supported the Republican candidate and despised Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that he brazenly tried to influence our presidential election. As FBI Director James B. Comey described on Monday, the Russians “were unusually loud in their intervention, ” violating our sovereignty by meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy and not seeming to care if they were exposed. The Russian theft and then publication of private data from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta produced a significant impact on our electoral process. The DNC chair was forced to resign and Democratic supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) became more enraged at Clinton, causing many of them to stay home on Election Day. Clinton’s image was damaged continuously by daily media coverage of these stolen emails. Of course, many factors combined to produce Trump’s victory, but Putin’s intervention most certainly played a contributing role.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Russia

Putin is all about face time, one-on-one with a leader, out at his dacha, man-on-man. Putin is a guy who may speak frankly and all that, but he does his homework and he thinks strategically and he doesn't have these kinds of emotional relationships with leaders.feedback

Mar 02 2017

That's not his job. His job is to represent his country here, and I think he does it fantastically well.feedback

Mar 02 2017

He doesn't get as much credit as he should, in my view, for being savvy about developing relationships with people all over the city. He was constantly doing that when I was in the government. At times it would be frustrating to us.feedback

Jan 30 2017 - US, Russia relations

To not have the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at all National Security Council meetings I think is a huge mistake. You need that expertise at every meeting. And same with the director of National Intelligence.feedback

Dec 30 2016 - Trump-Putin

Obviously, Putin's not responding because he's waiting for Jan. 20. He's got these much more important objectives to him than getting into a tit-for-tat response with the outgoing administration.feedback

Dec 30 2016 - Russia

I think most importantly what the Obama administration did yesterday was to assign direct attribution with overwhelming evidence with who interfered in our election process. Usually in one of these instances, there's a tit-for-tat response. And even Foreign Minister [Sergey] Lavrov already had put together the names of diplomats to expel. But obviously President Putin has decided he's going to wait and deal with the next guy.feedback

Dec 30 2016 - US, Russia relations

I still have a hundred different questions about what happened and how the Obama administration responded to the intelligence that they received in real-time during the election. We can't just think of this as a bump in the road and move on.feedback

Dec 24 2016 - Trump-Putin

Modernization is quite different from expansion. Modernization is allowed under the New START treaty; expansion is not. Putin is smartly playing down the tweet because he has several concessions that he wants to secure from President Trump – lifting of sanctions, support for his war in Syria, recognition of Crimea as part of Russia – and therefore does not want to rock the boat right now by reacting to this vague Trump statement.feedback

Dec 18 2016 - Kremlin

For years now, the Kremlin has looked for ways to disrupt democracies, to help the people that they like to come to power and to undermine the credibility of the democratic process.feedback

Dec 14 2016

He has had a vendetta against Hillary Clinton, that has been known for a long time because of what she said about his elections back in the parliamentary elections of 2011. He wants to discredit American democracy and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal democratic order. And most certainly he likes President-elect Trump's views on Russia.feedback

Dec 14 2016 - Russia

It is most certainly consistent with the Putin that I have watched and used to work with when I was an ambassador and in the government.feedback

Dec 14 2016 - Exxon Mobil

I am not sure those same skills qualify him to be secretary of state.feedback

Nov 03 2016

The Russians are in an offensive mode and [the U.S. is] working on strategies to respond to that, and at the highest levels.feedback

Jul 27 2016 - Russia

In addition to the policy disagreements that they have, I think Putin himself sees some of Clinton's remarks as a personal attack against him and the way he governs his country and how he conducts his foreign policy.feedback

Jul 27 2016

Even my colleagues at the White House would agree with that.feedback

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