Support The Moscow Times!

Obama Nominates McFaul to Be Ambassador to Russia

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Michael McFaul, his top adviser on Russia policy, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Moscow, the White House said.

McFaul, 47, is the senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs on the White House’s National Security Council staff. He would replace John Beyrle, appointed in 2008 by former President George W. Bush, if he wins Senate confirmation.

McFaul played a role in helping negotiate a new U.S-Russian nuclear arms reduction treaty and in completing a civilian nuclear cooperation deal during Obama’s presidency after years of tension between the two former Cold War foes.

He is a former Stanford University professor and was a critic of Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on dissent during his presidency. He has no diplomatic experience but has written several books and numerous papers on Russia.

Obama’s plan to nominate McFaul was first confirmed by an administration official in late May and was formally announced on Wednesday.

McFaul advised Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign and was a leading architect of the “reset” of U.S. relations with Moscow, one of the president’s top foreign policy initiatives since taking office.

He was also part of a team of top aides who helped craft the Obama administration’s strategy for dealing with uprisings this year in the Middle East and North Africa.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more