Former U.S. ambassador to discuss Russia, Ukraine at MSU

The former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, will speak at MSU on the crisis in Ukraine and economic and foreign policy implications surrounding the issue. The lecture will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A.

Raised in Bozeman, McFaul served as special assistant to President Obama and senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs for the National Security Council before becoming ambassador. Currently, he’s a professor of political science at Stanford University and is a leader in the International Research and Exchanges Board, the Hoover Institution and the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.

McFaul served as the ambassador from 2011 until February 2014, during a key time in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. When he resigned his ambassadorship for family reasons, he said, “A part of me — an emotional part, an intellectual part, a spiritual part — will always remain in Russia. That was true before I joined the government. It will remain so forever after.”

The lecture is sponsored by the MSU Leadership Institute, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, ASMSU, the Burton K. Wheeler Center, Department of Political Science and Gallatin Valley Furniture Carpet One.