[Michael McFaul is Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. You can read McFaul’s Hoover bio here. –ed. ]
President Obama’s pick for the next U.S. ambassador to Moscow is a trusted adviser who helped engineer the “reset” in U.S.-Russia relations three years ago, while also frequently chiding Kremlin leaders for backsliding on democratic reforms.
An administration official confirmed on Sunday that Michael A. McFaul will be nominated for the key diplomatic post, replacing John Beyrle, who has held the job since July 2008.
If confirmed by the Senate, McFaul would be the first non-diplomat in three decades to serve as the chief U.S. representative in Moscow. Yet, as a member of the White House’s inner circle and a key architect of its Russia policy, McFaul would be uniquely positioned to convey Obama’s views on issues ranging from missile defense to the conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East.