Michael McFaul's blog

Michael McFaul
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has taken to heart the importance of technology in 21st century diplomacy. A familiar presence on Twitter and Facebook, McFaul is also a blogger, and he has generously agreed for his blog to be republished at RBTH. McFaul is not a career diplomat but is one of the most prominent Russia experts in the United States. He pursued an academic career before Obama appointed him as a special assistant and senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs in the National Security Council, making him the White House's point man for ties with the Kremlin. He took up his post in January 2012 and lives in the U.S. ambassador's residence, Spaso House, with his wife, Donna Norton, and two sons.
Student Exchanges Can Change Your Life

Student Exchanges Can Change Your Life

June 20, 2013 Michael McFaul

This year we honored 300 Russian exchange scholars and students who very soon will be embarking on their academic journey to the United States

Experience the U.S. For Yourself

Experience the U.S. For Yourself

March 27, 2013 Michael McFaul

In 2012, Russians took more than 250,000 trips to the U.S. – a 15% increase over 2011, which itself was a record-breaking year

Reflecting on 2012: A year in Moscow as the U.S. Ambassador

Reflecting on 2012: A year in Moscow as the U.S. Ambassador

February 8, 2013 Michael McFaul

A year ago, I arrived in Moscow to represent my country as the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. This is a good moment to reflect on the state of U.S.-Russian relations and my role in developing our bilateral agenda

The New Normal: US and Russia, equal trading partners

The New Normal: US and Russia, equal trading partners

December 17, 2012 Michael McFaul

December 14, 2012 is a historic day. President Obama signed the Magnitsky Act, that ceases the application of the Jackson-Vanik amendment and affirms America’s commitment to defend human rights for those people whose human rights are violated

Building US-Russia Ties through Hockey

Building US-Russia Ties through Hockey

November 10, 2012 Michael McFaul

Earlier this month, a group of 20 enthusiastic young American ice hockey players and four coaches came to Moscow as Youth Sports Envoys to build stronger ties between the United States and Russia, both on and off the ice

USAID leaves a remarkable legacy of achievements in Russia

USAID leaves a remarkable legacy of achievements in Russia

October 2, 2012 Michael McFaul

Today the USAID Mission will discontinue its activities in Russia. Many people have asked me whether USAID’s departure will mean an end to our support for the U.S.-Russia joint initiatives. It will not

Russia joins the WTO

Russia joins the WTO

August 23, 2012 Michael McFaul

Today is an historic day for Russia as it becomes the 156th member of the World Trade Organization

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