Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia, will present a community lecture entitled “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia" Thursday at Carroll College. 

The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Lower Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

McFaul is a leading expert on Russia, American foreign policy, and democratic development around the world, according to a press release from Carroll College. He was the U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012-2014 and is currently a professor of political science at Stanford University, the director of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. In addition, he is an analyst for NBC News, a contributing columnist to the Washington Post and a New York Times bestselling author, and he is prolific on Twitter (@McFaul) with over 372,000 followers. 

McFaul was born and raised in Butte and Bozeman. During high school in Bozeman, McFaul participated in policy debate; his partner was current U.S. Sen. Steve Daines.

McFaul has authored several books, most recently the New York Times bestseller, "From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia." Earlier books include "Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should, How We Can"; "Transitions To Democracy: A Comparative Perspective" (eds. with Kathryn Stoner); "Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War" (with James Goldgeier); and "Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin." His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations between China, Russia, and the United States, and the relationship between democracy and development.

This event is hosted by the Carroll College Department of Political Science and International Relations, with support from the Apgar Foundation. Carroll College also acknowledges the collegial partnership with the University of Montana and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, with whom Carroll faculty have worked to bring the Ambassador to Montana.

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