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A New Cold War? Russia's New Confrontation with the West: The Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture On the Conditions of Peace with Amb. McFaul

A New Cold War? Russia

Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, U.S. Department of State.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
5:00 PM
Korn Convocation Hall, UCLA Anderson School of Management

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Audio: To listen to audio from the lecture click here.

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Introduction by Congressman Ted Lieu  



MICHAEL MCFAUL is professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He also works as an analyst for NBC News. He also served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). He has authored several books including Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should, How We Can; with Kathryn Stoner, Transitions To Democracy: A Comparative Perspective; with James Goldgeier, Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War; and Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin. His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development. Dr. McFaul was born and raised in Montana. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. As a Rhodes Scholar, he completed his D. Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University in 1991.


See Ambassador McFaul discuss Russia’s new stance toward the US on the Colbert Report.

For recent news coverage on Russia’s relations with the west, check out the following articles:


In 2014, Ted W. Lieu was elected to an open seat for the 33rd Congressional District, succeeding retiring 40 year incumbent Henry Waxman. He was elected president of the Freshman class of Democrats by his colleagues and serves on the House Budget Committee, and the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. Ted is a former active duty officer who currently serves as a reservist in the United States Air Force.

In February of 2011, Ted was elected to the State Senate in a special election.

In the State Senate, Ted was Chair of the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, Chair of the Select Committee on Air Quality, and Chair of the Joint Committee on Arts. Ted's legislative accomplishments include co-sponsoring landmark legislation regulating the subprime mortgage industry, state tax reform that saved small businesses from billions in retroactive taxes, increasing planning for climate change, increasing tax incentives for film/TV production and banning the state from investing in or doing business with companies doing business with Iran.

Ted was elected to the Torrance City Council in 2002. In 2005, Ted was elected to the State Assembly, where he served until 2011. Ted chaired the Assembly Rules Committee, the Banking and Finance Committee, and sat on the Governmental Organization Committee, Judiciary Committee, Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee, and Veterans Affairs Committee. Ted was also Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace.

Ted's wife, Betty, is a former California Deputy Attorney General. They have two sons, Brennan and Austin.


Established in 1980, the Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace celebrates the memory of Bernard Brodie as an eminent scholar and teacher. This lecture series provides a special forum for dignitaries and scholars of politics, strategy, warfare, and peace to present their views to the UCLA community and the public.

Admission for this event is free, however registration is required.
Please note that registration for this event does not guarantee a seat.

Parking will be available in Lots 4 and 5 (disabled only). Enter on Westwood Plaza from Sunset Boulevard. Pay-by-Space parking spaces are available and all day parking passes for $ 12, cash or credit. For a parking and venue map, please click here.

• Arrive early, doors open at 4:30 PM
• Parking is available in Lots 4 and 5 (disabled only), $12.
• There will be a standby line for anyone who was unable to register online
• All vacant seats will be filled at 4:50 PM
• No food or beverages permitted inside Korn Convocation Hall
• Please do not bring large bags or backpacks to this event
• Details for this event are subject to change

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations