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The Illiberal International: Michael McFaul on Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia, and Vladimir Putin

The Illiberal International: Michael McFaul on Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia, and Vladimir Putin

Daniella and Ed sit down with Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, and discuss the state of diplomacy under President Trump in light of the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The alleged assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has rattled the world, and attention has turned to how the U.S. government will respond. Against that tableau, Daniella and Ed sat down with Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, to break down what an American diplomatic response should be to this atrocious alleged crime. McFaul also discusses Russia’s new ideological war with the West and retells the story of when President Donald Trump almost allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin to interrogate him.

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Daniella Gibbs Legér is the senior vice president for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress. Ed Chung is the vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center. Kyle Epstein is the media relations manager at the Center.

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Daniella Gibbs Léger

Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategy


Ed Chung

Senior Fellow

Kyle Epstein

Manager, Media Relations

Rachel Rosen

Senior Director, Broadcast Communications