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From Cold War to Hot Peace
By Michael McFaul
From one of America’s leading scholars of Russia who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, a revelatory, inside account of U.S.-Russia relations from 1989 to the present
In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States’ policy known as “reset” that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. This riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president. From the first days of McFaul’s ambassadorship, the Kremlin actively sought to discredit and undermine him, hassling him with tactics that included dispatching protesters to his front gates, slandering him on state media, and tightly surveilling him, his staff, and his family.
From Cold War to Hot Peace is an essential account of the most consequential global confrontation of our time.
About the Author
Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He is also an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. Dr. McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). Dr. McFaul was born and raised in Montana. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. As a Rhodes Scholar, he completed his D. Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University in 1991.
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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:
WHAT IN THE WORLD? QUIZ
Week of April 15-21, 2018
1. The United States, Great Britain, and France launched air strikes against Syria this week in response to the use of chemical weapons in THIS Syrian town:
Correct Response: B. Douma
2. The Summit of the Americas opened this weekend in Peru, without Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, who isn’t attending because of THIS:
A. Persistent unrest at home
B. Trade disputes with other nations in the region
C. His invitation was rescinded in protest of dictatorial practices surrounding upcoming elections
D. Ill health
Correct Response: C. His invitation was rescinded in protest of dictatorial practices surrounding upcoming elections
3. The supreme court of THIS country barred its former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, from ever holding elected office again. Mr. Sharif was removed from office in 2017 due to corruption charges stemming from the Panama Papers:
Correct Response: A. Pakistan
4. In the midst of escalating tensions with China over the possibility of a trade war, U.S. president Donald Trump announced that his administration will explore the possibility of doing THIS:
A. Negotiating bilateral trade agreements with China’s other major trading partners
B. Rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership
C. Setting up a free-trade zone in the South China Sea
D. Negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with Hong Kong
Correct Response: B. Rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership
5. THIS European nation’s parliament passed a law making it easier for citizens to change their gender and name in legal documents:
Correct Response: D. Portugal
6. Last week Hungary re-elected its right-wing prime minister by giving his party a two-thirds majority in parliament. This week, the nation’s last, independent, non-state-influenced WHAT shut down?
B. Television channel
C. Radio station
D. News website
Correct Response: A. Newspaper
7. Pick the correct African country/capital match:
B. Cameroon – Luanda
C. Angola – Kigali
D. Niger – Windhoek
Correct Response: A. Burundi-Bujumbura
8. The United Nations declared the humanitarian crisis in THIS African country a level three, the most severe level possible. To help, the UN organized a donor conference in Geneva this week, but the nation in question boycotted it, saying that the international body was exaggerating the severity of the crisis:
C. South Sudan
D. Democratic Republic of the Congo
Correct Response: D. Democratic Republic of the Congo
9. The government of Algeria declared three days of mourning for the 257 people who died in THIS disaster, the nation’s worst ever:
A. Refinery explosion
B. Terrorist attack
C. Airplane crash
Correct Response: C. Airplane crash
10. Billed as “hip design objects,” THESE two items sold at the Paris auction house of Drouot this week for a cool $1.7 million, each:
A. Wooly mammoth skins
B. Dinosaur skeletons
C. Sabre-tooth tiger skins
D. Great white shark skeletons
Correct Response: B. Dinosaur skeletons
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