About the Book Club
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. Convened by seasoned Great Decisions leader Jack McLaren, the group meets every six to eight weeks to dig into a different author's work.
Tuesday, January 28 – 6:30-8 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)
This is a free program that is open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning. For those who would like to continue the discussion after 8:00, the group may move to some place like Charlie Hoopers.
From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia
by Michael McFaul – 535 pages
Available for purchase (hardback, paperback, or e-reader): Amazon »
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Local libraries have limited copies of the book and audiobook available.
In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States’ policy known as “reset” that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. This riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president. From the first days of McFaul’s ambassadorship, the Kremlin actively sought to discredit and undermine him, hassling him with tactics that included dispatching protesters to his front gates, slandering him on state media, and tightly surveilling him, his staff, and his family.
About the Session Leader
The discussion will be facilitated by Lt. Col. (U.S. Army, ret.) Mark Wilcox, Associate Professor and Lieutenant General William Eldridge Odom Chair of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.