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SRAS NEWS  / 7 BOOKS BY MICHAEL MCFAUL
07.06.2011


7 Books By Michael McFaul
Insight to the Opinions of

America's next Ambassador to Russia
 

Many are praising the selection of Mr. McFaul as Ambassador to Russia because of his deep knowledge of the country and closeness to President Obama. Others are concerned, however, that McFaul has been an ideologically charged and vocal critic of Russia, that he has little experience in diplomacy, and point out that these two issues may complicate if not harm relations. McFaul, as a Russian scholar, has written quite prolifically on Russia (and his opinions) - the books below can illustrate what those opinions are and give some insight into where America's relations with Russia will go next. 

Russia's Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin
For centuries, dictators ruled Russia. Tsars and Communist Party chiefs were in charge for so long some analysts claimed Russians had a cultural predisposition for authoritarian leaders. Yet, as a result of reforms initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev, new political institutions have emerged that now require election of political leaders and rule by constitutional procedures. Michael McFaul traces Russia's tumultuous political history from Gorbachev's rise to power in 1985 through the 1999 resignation of Boris Yeltsin in favor of Vladimir Putin. McFaul spent a great deal of time in Moscow in the 1990s and witnessed firsthand many of the events he describes. This experience, combined with frequent visits since and unparalleled access to senior Russian policymakers and politicians, has resulted in an astonishingly well-informed account. Russia's Unfinished Revolution is a comprehensive history of Russia during this crucial period. - Amazon.com  

 

Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should and How We Can
In Advancing Democracy Abroad, McFaul explains how democracy provides a more accountable system of government, greater economic prosperity, and better security compared with other systems of government. He then shows how Americans have benefited from the advance of democracy abroad in the past, and speculates about security, economic, and moral benefits for the United States from potential democratic gains around the world. - Amazon.com

Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Postcommunist World
This volume brings together a distinguished group of scholars working on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to examine in depth three waves of democratic change that took place in eleven different former Communist nations. Its essays draw important conclusions about the rise, development, and breakdown of both democracy and dictatorship in each country and together provide a rich comparative perspective on the post-Communist world. - Amazon.com

Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy Toward Russia After the Cold War
This work traces the formulation and evolution of American foreign policy toward the Soviet Union and Russia during the tumultuous and uncertain decade following the end of the Cold War. It examines how American decision-makers - particularly in the executive branch - coped with opportunities and challenges presented by a new Russia. Based on extensive interviews with senior US and Russian officials, the book explains George H.W. Bush's response to the dramatic coup of August 1991 and the Soviet breakup several months later, examines Bill Clinton's efforts to assist Russia's transformation and integration, and analyses George W. Bush's policy toward Russia as September 11 and the war in Iraq transformed international politics. Throughout, the book focuses on trade-offs and linkages among America's interests in promoting democracy and markets in Russia, as well as its interests in reorienting Russia from security threat to security partner. Understanding how three US administrations dealt with these critical policy questions is vital for thinking about not only America's Russia policy but also efforts to help transform and integrate other former adversaries. - Amazon.com

Between Dictatorship and Democracy: Russian Post-Communist Political Reform
Did the reforms begun by Gorbachev lead eventually to liberal democracy in Russia? If not, what kind of political regime did take hold in post-Soviet Russia? And how has Vladimir Putin's rise to power influenced the course of democratic consolidation or the lack thereof? This book explores these issues. - Amazon.com

After the Collapse of Communism: Comparative Lessons of Transition
This collection of essays is the result of a conference convened at Princeton University marking the ten year anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Some of the best minds in post-Soviet studies focused on the task of identifying in what ways the post-communist experience with transition has confirmed or confounded conventional theories of political and economic development. The result is a rich array of essays examining vital aspects of the transitional decade following the Soviet collapse and the comparative lessons learned. - Amazon.com

Revolution in Orange: The Origins of Ukraine's Democratic Breakthrough
The dramatic series of protests and political events that unfolded in Ukraine in the fall of 2004--the "Orange Revolution"--were seminal both for Ukrainian history and the history of democratization. Its effects have already been felt from Kyrgyzstan to Lebanon and are likely to travel even further. Yet few anticipated such a dramatic democratic breakthrough in Ukraine. Revolution in Orange is a pioneering effort to describe and explain the events leading up to and through December 2004 from authors who had on-the-ground experience interacting with the various Ukrainian, Western, and Russian dramatis personae of the Orange Revolution. The result is a highly readable, deeply informed, and insightful volume with lasting value as an explicator of this remarkable episode in the history of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. - Amazon.com

 


 

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