Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul

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I’m tired of people appropriating the word, “realism” when promoting fairytales. You are a naive dreamer if you think giving Putin a chunk of land the size of Portugal will produce any permanent peace or a better world. That is naïveté about Putin, power politics & world history.

Russians, go home. Leave Ukraine. Save yourselves. Don’t die in vein in a senseless war — a vanity project of one man. There will be no glory for you or your family in this war. For your mom and your children, go home. Live, even in jail. Putin will not rule Russian forever.

“Appeasement contradicts the dictates of ... realism and therefore it is a fanciful and dangerous strategy. It is unlikely to transform a dangerous foe into a kinder, nicer, opponent, much less a peace-loving state." 1/ THREAD

"Indeed, appeasement is likely to whet, not shrink, and aggressor’s appetite for conquest. In short, appeasement is likely to make a dangerous rival state more, not less, dangerous.” 2/

Source? Not me. Not @ZelenskyyUa  or @oleksiireznikov  . Not @radeksikorski  , @carlbildt  , @IlvesToomas  , @general_ben  , @PMBreedlove  , @JohnEdHerbst  , @Kasparov63  , Kagan, etc. That's from John Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, 2014. p. 164. cc: @WillRuger  . 3/ END.

Video of Ukraine Troops Dancing Ahead of Lyman Victory Viewed 1.6M Times - Newsweek -

I've changed my mind about policy positions. I've revised hypotheses, even those in published academic articles, after encountering new evidence. That's the scientific method. Clinging to the same ideas, no matter what new evidence comes along, is not good science or good policy.

Really enjoyed watching @krichevskaya  new movie about @tvrain  with Vera & @sindeeva  @Stanford  last Friday. So did our audience. See it!


WARNING. Someone using the phone number +1 (202) 7549885 is impersonating me. If you connect on a video platform with this number, you will see an AI-generated "deep fake" that looks and talks like me. It is not me. This is a new Russian weapon of war. Be careful.

For those of us who study autocracies, including elections in autocracies, there were a lot of familiar messages, symbols, and methods on display this week at the #RNCConvention . THREAD

Teaching #Suho  from @weareoneEXO  the ambassadorial handshake at work today. #OnlyAtStanford ! @FSIStanford  @stanford .

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If Putin wins in Ukraine, he emboldens autocrats all over the world. If Ukrainians defeat Putin, they will embolden democrats all over the world. The stakes of this war are global.

LePen in France and Jansa in Slovenia losing on the same day is a giant victory for the renewal of democratic values in Europe and a huge setback for populist nationalism! Maybe the global tide is turning?

I think our @FSIStanford  speaker today, Suho from EXO may have more security than Obama did e few weeks ago!

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." ― Albert Einstein

Trump obviously has no idea what words like facism and totalitarianism mean. To those who wrote that speech, shame on you. To those that cleared on this speech, shame on you. Perhaps the most un- American speech ever delivered by an American president, on the eve of July 4th.

Putin's barbaric killing in Bucha requires new sanctions immediately — oil and gas sanctions; all Russian banks out of Swift; all US companies out of Russia, by the end of the week.