As Secretary of State John Kerry lent support to Ukraine’s fledging government today and took another verbal shot at Russia, NBC News said this afternoon it has added former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael A. McFaul as an analyst. McFaul will contribute across the NBCUniversal News Group — including NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC — contributing his perspective and expertise to coverage of foreign affairs and national security. McFaul’s post in Russia ended last week. He already appeared Monday night on NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams and this morning on Today and MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the situation unfolding in Ukraine.
McFaul was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation on January 10, 2012. Before that he served for three years as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House. McFaul is a professor of political science at Stanford. Before joining the Obama administration, he served as Director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute. He was also a non-resident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.