McFaul co-founded the National Democratic Institute's Moscow office in 1992.
McFaul is on leave from Stanford where he is a professor of political science at Stanford University. At Stanford, he is also the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies.
McFaul is a former Deputy Director at the Freeman Spogli Institute and Director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law (CDDRL). He was also a non-resident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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No More Mr. Nice Guy], Foreign Policy, 5 February 2014.
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