Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul

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My latest on why "Trying to pry Russia away from China is a fool’s errand."

"closer relations with a Russian autocrat to help contain a Chinese autocrat will undermine Biden’s aspiration to unite the free world, about which he has spoken so passionately in the last six months."

According to most organizations who evaluate regime types, the U.S. has become less democratic in the last 10 years, but still meets the definition of a democracy. Check out @FreedomHouseDC  rankings here: . Or Vdem here:

The things you see when driving from LA to SF.

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"But this particular Cold War play won’t work today — and even if it did, it would not yield the same benefits that it produced last century." END THREAD 2/

I just got a ping from Google Scholar informing me that someone just cited article, "The demise of the world revolutionary process: Soviet‐Angolan relations under Gorbachev" Journal of Southern African Studies (1990). #AcademicJoys .

I have the honor of hosting @TsihanouskayaHQ  for a roundtable discussion wi @Stanfordh  facul @FSIStanfordy  on July 28th at 5 PM California time. In-person attendance is very limited, but we will Zoom the event. Stay tuned for details.


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.

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

President Trump is a public servant. He works for us. Or least that's the way it used to be. No one -- not a governor, not a doctor, not a patient -- needs to show their appreciation in order for him to do his job & help them. (BTW, no one forced him to take this job.)

You cannot be pro-life and pro-AR15 at the same time.

According to reporting including @MeetThePress  , Trump called Putin 6 times in 2 months - March 30th, April 9th, April 10th, April 12, May 7th, June 1 ! That would be a crazy number of calls to any foreign leader. But to Putin? What on earth were they discussing? So strange.

"C'mon man !" I loved it when Obama used that phrase when I worked for him.

Those who lied about the presidential election results for months deeply divided our country. Their hypocrisy now in calling for unity now is stunning.

"Hunter Biden" is the new "Hillary's emails" of this election cycle. Don't get fooled again.