WashDC Leaky Cauldron: Michael McFaul, Russia "Reset" Advisor to be Next Ambassador to Moscow

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The WashDC Leaky Cauldron is leaking once again; it’s a permanent leak, what else is there to say.  VOA News reports that senior administration officials say U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate his top Russia advisor as the next ambassador to Russia.

Obama plans to nominate Michael McFaul, the architect of the administration’s so-called “reset” policy under which the Obama administration sought to re-energize bilateral ties that were widely seen as strained under the administration of former President George W. Bush.

The officials, who spoke Sunday, did so on condition of anonymity.

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The unnamed senior administration officials, of course, leaked the yet to be announced nomination to the NYT which writes:

In selecting Mr. McFaul, Mr. Obama is breaking with recent tradition in Moscow, where all but one of eight American ambassadors over the last 30 years have been career diplomats. But in choosing someone from his own inner circle, Mr. Obama underscored his determination to keep Russian-American relations a centerpiece of his foreign policy after his early push to reset the relationship following years of growing tension.

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Read his bio here as Stanford Professor of Political Science; Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution (he’s currently on leave).