Michael McFaul is one of the outstanding Russianists in America. A boy from Montana, he made Russia his life’s occupation, and preoccupation. He is a professor at Stanford. And he was U.S. ambassador to Russia.

With Jay, he talks about being a student in the Soviet Union. And developments thereafter (personal, national, and international). He talks about Putin and his rule. About NATO and the West. And other critical questions.

He has had rich and rare experience, and he relates it with exceptional skill. This podcast is an enriching half-hour.

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  1. Dr Steve Member


    Great job, as usual. I did catch a hint of “wobble” from Amb. McFaul on Ukraine, however, which I hoped that you would take up. Did he mean to imply that the protesters in Kiev were “asking for it” from Putin? The final exchange about sovereignty reassured me; were you satisfied?

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    • February 3, 2017, at 10:15 AM PST
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  2. Skarv Coolidge
    SkarvJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jay’s interviews are one of the best parts of Ricochet

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    • February 4, 2017, at 12:53 PM PST
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  3. RufusRJones Member

    That was super interesting.

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    • February 5, 2017, at 9:46 AM PST
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