From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Inside Story of Russia and America by Michael McFaulFrom 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.
From Cold War to Hot Peace: Book Review.
From Cold War to Hot Peace
T he last presidential election was 17 months ago but we are still picking out the shards. Like a hunter, Mueller has since bagged a passel of guilty pleas and indictments. Caught in his net are 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities. During the presidential campaign, McFaul advised candidate Obama, and then joined his national security council staff. An academic, his latest book, From Cold War to Hot Peace, doubles as a personal memoir and an overview of US-Russian relations over the past four decades.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Midway through the discussion, Putin turned directly to McFaul and berated him for trying to ruin United States-Russia relations. McFaul answers his own question in these pages. For while this is the only personal confrontation between the two men that he recounts, the wider battle between their opposing visions of international affairs dominates the book. This memoir tells a political story that is also personal: the story of a man who watches as his own lifelong efforts to promote cooperation and integration between America and Russia are undone by Putin himself.
McFaul had been studying and visiting Russia for decades, becoming one of America's preeminent scholars on the country during the first Putin era. During President Obama's first term, McFaul helped craft the policy known as "Reset," which fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries under Dmitry Medvedev's presidency. Later, as U. From the outset of his ambassadorship, the Kremlin accused McFaul of being sent by Obama to foment revolution against Putin's regime. This resulting insider's account - uniquely combining history, politics and intimate personal knowledge of the corridors of power - takes us from Putin's dacha to ornate Kremlin chambers and the Oval Office, to explain how Russia really works, and why the world has entered a dangerous new era of confrontation. Mike McFaul gives us a broad, thoughtful analysis of a critical shift in world affairs.
Relations between the United States and Russia show no sign of getting out of the frozen rut in which they have been for several years. This is not unprecedented for two countries that were the yin and yang of international politics for much of the twentieth century, and that have a history of oscillating between anticipatory cooperation and fatalistic animosity. On the US side, this has been paralleled by the to and fro in policy and academic debates between Russia-optimists and Russia-pessimists. Perhaps no one better exemplifies the former camp than Michael McFaul, who presents his mix of memoir and analysis in From Cold War to hot peace. There is much to glean from anecdotes in this book, starting with McFaul's recollections of his early experiences with Russia, first as a Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.