Democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her delegation joined an interdisciplinary panel of Stanford scholars and members of the Belarusian community to discuss the future of democracy in Belarus.
Scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies hope that President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will lay the groundwork for negotiations in the near future, particularly around nuclear weapons.
Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute, is featured in this week's New Yorker magazine and writes in this Politico piece that Russia's President Vladimir Putin sees a path to glory that does not involve democratic governance and ignores international norms.
With the release of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, the signing of the new START Treaty and President Obama's Nuclear Security Summit, it's been a memorable time for CISAC's security experts, many of whom played prominent as well as behind-the-scenes roles in negotiations related to these events, as ongoing news coverage reveals.
CISAC may be geographically distant from Washington, DC, but its influence inside the Beltway has been underscored by five scholars now serving in the Obama administration. Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, Michael McFaul, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Paul Stockton and Jeremy Weinstein have all been closely affiliated with the center.
Stanford political science Professor Michael McFaul has been tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as special assistant to the president for National Security Affairs and senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council.
Michael A. McFaul and Abbas Milani show how encouraging democracy in Iran could help resolve the potential nuclear threat the country poses, in this San Jose Mercury News analysis. They advise the United States to pursue diplomacy with Iran and avoid military action, which would likely backfire by further strengthening Iran's autocratic government and increasing its incentives to build nuclear weapons.