Articles by Michael McFaul



Can America and Russia Cooperate in Syria?

President Vladimir Putin's decision to intervene in Syria marked a major turning point in Russian foreign policy in 2015.

Small Democratic Step

Democracy is not made by economic, cultural or historical determinants. Democrats make democracy.

Small Democratic Step

Democracy is not made by economic, cultural or historical determinants. Democrats make democracy.

Global Politics as a Zero-Sum Game

The debate is over: Russia is not a democracy. President Vladimir Putin has weakened checks and balances within the state, diminished political and legal transparency, and made it impossible for independent media, political parties or nongovernmental groups to flourish.

Political Charades

Andrew Wilson discusses democracy in the post-Soviet world not as it should be, but as it is -- a virtual display of electoral politics that only strengthens state control.

Political Charades

Andrew Wilson discusses democracy in the post-Soviet world not as it should be, but as it is -- a virtual display of electoral politics that only strengthens state control.

Finding Russia's True Friends and Foes

In the run-up to the first Putin-Bush summit since George W. Bush's re-election, analysts, columnists, academics and unnamed ""senior administration officials"" have once again begun to frame the debate about U.S.-Russia relations as one between friends and foes of Russia.

U.S. Didn't Bankroll Yushchenko

Events in Ukraine have inspired most people living in the free world.

A Washington Perspective

Sergei Markov is right to worry about potential unrest and instability in Ukraine after the upcoming presidential vote.

Stable and Stagnant Relations

The debate about the future of Russian democracy in the United States has been ongoing for several years. However, the accumulation of democratic setbacks over the past three years, the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky in October and an electoral process assessed as being ""not fair"" by the OSCE in December have elevated the debate to the level of policymakers within the Bush administration.

The Real Putin

  • 10 July 03
  • The Wall Street Journal
Since the rise to power in Russia of this obscure bureaucrat and former KGB agent in the fall of 1999, two groups in the West have answered this question very differently.

How to Reinvigorate the Relationship

Instead of waiting to react to what the United States proposes, Putin could really seize the moment.

Between Restoration and Revolution

  • 18 April 03
  • The Washington Post
Navigating the gap between the fall of the old order and the formation of the new order is especially dangerous when extremist movements and ideologies are added to the mix.

Bush's Unfinished Business

To make his case against Iraq, Bush has a powerful historical experience to draw upon: the end of the Cold War.

The Russian Graduate

Jackson-Vanik -- as currently constituted -- no longer addresses these new strains of democratic infringements in Russia today.

2 Out of 3 Is Not Good Enough

President Boris Yeltsin and his newly minted government launched a set of revolutionary changes.

Russia's 12 Myths About the U.S. Media

All the myths that Russians have either said to me personally or written in their press.

Time for Putin to Take the Initiative

The new Bush administration cannot possibly have a ""Cold War"" policy toward Russia, simply because it does not yet have any policy toward Russia.

Get Real, Russia!

Well before George Bush finally won the U.S. presidency, Vladimir Putin and his surrogates made it clear that they hoped for a Republican victory.

Democracy in Danger

War Protesters Scarce

Yeltsin's Bumbling Foes

Time to Follow the Law

The Demon Within

A Flawed Pragmatism

Russia Still Redeemable

Is This Last Red Duma?

Russia's Image Problem

Perils of Yeltsin's Passion

Perils of Turning East