Michael McFaul served as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014. Before that, he worked as senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the U.S. National Security Council. Today, he is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, where he is also a professor of political science. In addition, McFaul is the Peter and Helen Bing senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.
Diwan interviewed McFaul on Russia’s policy with regard to Syria. The interview took place on the margins of a conference in Washington, D.C. held on September 6–7. It was organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and was titled “Security, Prosperity, and Governance in the Middle East/North Africa.”