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Luncheon Meeting on September 28, 2018
From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia
— This Event Is Sold Out —
United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation 2012 – 2014
In 2008 when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford University to join an unlikely presidential campaign he had no idea that he would find himself at the center of one of today’s most consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States’ policy known as “reset” that fostered a new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, he had a front row seat when this hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency.
On this occasion Professor McFaul will share highlights from his new book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2018), a highly acclaimed account that combines history and memoir to tell the story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of President Putin.
Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He earned his B.A. in International Relations and Slavic Languages and M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies at Stanford. As a Rhodes Scholar, Professor McFaul completed his Ph.D. in International Relations at Oxford University.
Books will be available for sale and signing at the program.
Please note that this program will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received until the program is full. We regret that we are unable to accommodate auditors at this event.
Friday, September 28, 2018
11:00 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program
- Field Green Salad
- Grilled Salmon Filet with Lemon Dill Beurre Blanc
- Rice Pilaf and Grilled Vegetables
- Fresh Rolls and Butter
- NY Cheesecake with Mango Coulis and Berries
- Coffee and Tea
- Vegetarian Option: Peppers Stuffed with Vegetables, Rice and Cheese
- $29 for members
- $35 for guests
Discussion Groups for September 2018
To see a list of recent Discussion Group events, click here.
Cyber Strategy: Russia, Putin, and Political Warfare.
The Discussion Group will evaluate Russia’s continued interference in U.S.
and other Western electoral processes. Participants will discuss why Russia does what it does in the cyber domain, and what the United States can do about it.
The MPC Discussion group will meet on Monday, September 10 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey. Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.
Interactive Map of MPC Location
The OLLI Discussion Group resumes after its summer hiatus, and will meet on Monday, September 17 at 4:00 pm at CSUMB’s Ryan Ranch campus, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey. Advance registration is required; find the form at this link and look for the course called Current Affairs Discussion Group.
Interactive Map of OLLI-CSUMB Location
Board Meeting on Sep 6, 2018
Open to Members
Begins at 4:30 pm
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McCone Building Conference Room, MIIS
For Your Information
The World Affairs Councils of America (our parent organization) will hold its annual National Conference November 7 – 9, 2018, at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. This year’s topic is “Braving the New World Order.”
- Dr. Nina Ansary, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation
- Ray Rothrock, Chairman and CEO of cybersecurity provider RedSeal
- Dr. Dambisa Moyo, author, international economist and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World
- Kelly Magsamen, VP for National Security and International Policy at the Center for America Progress
In addition, the conference will include visits to local think tanks and embassies, an ambassadors’ luncheon, events for young professionals and students, and fantastic networking opportunities.
Early Bird registration is now open. Student discounts are available.
Interested? For more information, visit the conference website: