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Gala Dinner

Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Hilton Americas, Ballroom of the Americas, 2nd level, Ballroom BC
Tickets: $175 to attend

To reserve a table, contact Hunter Jones to learn more
Business attire is requested, black-tie is optional. Seating is limited, Book early to reserve your spot.

Gala dinner speaker

Hear Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the national Security Council, give the audience a historical and forward-thinking perspective into the successes, obstacles and challenges facing the U.S., its allies and its adversaries around the world.
Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014); Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council (2009-2011); and NBC News Analyst. 

Michael A. McFaul served as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Russian Federation from January, 2012, to February, 2014. Prior to becoming Ambassador, he served for three years as the special assistant to the President and senior director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council.

McFaul is a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He is the author and editor of several monographs including, Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should and How We Can (2009); with Valerie Bunce and Katheryn Stoner-Weiss, eds., Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Postcommunist World (2009); with Anders Aslund, eds., Revolution in Orange: The Origins of Ukraine's Democratic Breakthrough (2006); with Nikolai Petrov and Andrei Ryabov, Between Dictatorship and Democracy: Russian Postcommunist Political Reform (2004); with James Goldgeier, Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (2003); and Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin (2001).

McFaul was born and raised in Montana. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his Master of Arts degree in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. He was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations in 1991.

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