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From The Farm to the Obama Inner Circle: National Security C

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Wed, December 08, 2010
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Bing Stanford-in-Washington
2661 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington DC
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Tom Kohn, '83

The new START treaty, which attempts to reduce nuclear arsenals by 30% in both the US and Russia, has received much press lately, as the Senate prepares to vote on it.  Come meet the man behind the treaty, Stanford Professor Michael McFaul.  Professor McFaul will speak about START as well as his current term as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House. 

Professor McFaul will cover topics ranging from President Obama’s jump shot to the relevance of a Stanford-educated decision maker on the Administration's foreign policy team.  For example, does Washington really pay attention to facts, knowledge or research?  How is Democracy promotion abroad working out for the US?  Professor McFaul will try to answer these questions and others as he reflects on two years at the White House after 15 years of teaching at Stanford.

Professor McFaul is a professor of political science at Stanford, a Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies.  He is currently on leave from Stanford while serving at the National Security Council.

Light refreshments, including wine, will be available from 6:30-7:15. Professor McFaul will speak and field questions from 7:15-8:15.   The cost to attend is FREE for young alumni ('06-'10) WDCSA members, $10 for WDCSA Members and young alumni ('06-'10) non-members, and $25 for non-members, which includes a $15 WDCSA membership.  

Seating is limited.   Questions?  Contact Tom Kohn ’83 at

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