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What a Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Learned From Condoleezza Rice

Michael McFaul, who served under President Obama, on being a diplomat in an often hostile environment
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The former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has long thought that getting the two countries to better understand one another could ease international tensions—a belief he's held since the early 1980s, when he first visited what was then the Soviet Union. When he served as ambassador under Barack Obama from 2012 to 2014, he—unusually for a diplomat—kept a high profile, using social media to connect with people spread across a country that spans 11 time zones.

McFaul, who built an academic career

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