Stanford professor to be ambassador to Russia

May 30, 2011 7:07:31 PM PDT
President Obama has chosen a Stanford professor as the next U.S. ambassador to Russia.

47-year-old political science professor Michael McFaul is a leading expert on U.S. - Russia relations. If he is confirmed by the Senate, he would be the first non-diplomat to hold the post in 30 years.

Mcfaul currently serves on the National Security Council and has been a key architect of President Obama's efforts to repair ties with Russia.