Paul R. Gregory

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Biography: 

Paul Gregory is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He holds an endowed professorship in the Department of Economics at the University of Houston, Texas, is a research professor at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, and is chair of the International Advisory Board of the Kiev School of Economics. He blogs on national and international economic topics at http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/ and at http://paulgregorysblog.blogspot.com/.

The holder of a PhD in economics from Harvard University, he is the author or coauthor of twelve books and more than one hundred articles on economic history, the Soviet economy, transition economies, comparative economics, and economic demography. His most recent books are Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives (Hoover Institution Press, 2013), Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin's Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina (Hoover Institution Press, 2010), Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives (Hoover Institution Press, 2008), Terror by Quota (Yale, 2009), and The Political Economy of Stalinism (Cambridge, 2004), which won the Hewett Prize. He edited The Lost Transcripts of the Politburo (Yale, 2008), Behind the Façade of Stalin's Command Economy (Hoover, 2001), and The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag (Hoover, 2003). The work of his Hoover Soviet Archives Research Project team is summarized in "Allocation under Dictatorship: Research in Stalin's Archive" (coauthored with Hoover fellow Mark Harrison), published in the Journal of Economic Literature.

Gregory has also published The Global Economy and Its Economic Systems (Cengage, 2013) and is working with director Marianna Yarovskaya on a film documentary entitled Women of the Gulag.

Gregory also served on the editorial board of the seven-volume Gulag documentary series entitled The History of the Stalin Gulag, published jointly by the Hoover Institution and the Russian Archival Service. He also serves or has served on the editorial boards of Comparative Economic Studies, Slavic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Problems of Post-Communism, and Explorations in Economic History.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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If Putin 'Mans Up,' His Regime Will Crumble

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes.com
Monday, July 21, 2014

California Senator Barbara Feinstein has demanded that Vladimir Putin “man up” and admit that pro-Russian separatists downed MH17, mistaking it for a Ukrainian transport plane. That this is true is obvious to all except Putin’s propaganda machine that is frantically churning out absurd conspiracy theories, while Putin lies low and limits himself to vague claims of Ukrainian guilt.

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Here Are The Intercepted Transcripts Indicating Russian Rebels Shot Down Malaysian Flight MH17

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes.com
Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Ukrainian intelligence service has released more intercepted phone calls that show militants and Russian military intelligence agents discussing the presence, location, and disposition of BUK surface-to-air missiles in the Donetsk region. 

Kiev, Ukraine
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Smoking Guns: Russian Separatists Shot Down Malaysian Flight MH17; Putin Must Be Held Responsible

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes.com
Friday, July 18, 2014

Around 4:20 pm, a Malaysian 777 carrying 295 passengers and crew disappeared over east Ukrainian air space a few miles from the Russian border. It disappeared in virtually the same location as the Ukrainian military transport AN-26 shot down by a missile a few days before.

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Russian Escalation Imminent As Merkel Plays The Peace Card For Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes.com
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Germany’s Angela Merkel has the reputation of a level-headed pragmatist, who grew up under communism, and understands Putin’s KGB Weltanschauung

Kiev, Ukraine
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Putin's Failing Ukraine Scorecard

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes.com
Friday, July 11, 2014

Press and diplomatic observers appear to have reached a consensus that Vladimir Putin has brilliantly outmaneuvered Europe and the United States with his New Type of War – a mix of masked military aggression, proxy fighters, bluffing with troop maneuvers, intensive propaganda, and the use of human shields. This consensus is wrong.

Moscow, Russia
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Russian Separatists Trick Journalists And Mothers Into The Line Of Fire

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes.com
Thursday, July 3, 2014

News services throughout the world carried dramatic video of a mortally wounded Channel One Russian journalist lying on the floor of a minibus as those around him sought in vain to save his life.

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Putin Plays Peacemaker, But His Act Is Getting Old

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, June 23, 2014

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, released his fourteen-point peace plan on Saturday, June 21. In his address to the nation, Poroshenko did not mention Russia until the very end, when he stated that “President of Russia Vladimir Putin also positively evaluated the decision of Ukraine to cease fire and supported concrete steps of my peaceful plan on the settlement of the situation in Donbas.”

Kiev, Ukraine
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Five Compelling Reasons For The U.S. To Offer Lethal Military Assistance to Ukraine

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, June 16, 2014

With Washington’s attention diverted, as radical ISIS forces march towards Baghdad, it is no coincidence that Russia chose to send tanks, missiles, and armored personnel carriers across its border into east Ukraine.

Moscow, Russia
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Miles Apart And No Peace In Sight: Putin's D-Day Press Conference Versus Poroshenko's Inaugural

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The United States and Europe do not know how to read Vladimir Putin. He is, for the Western mind, a strange laboratory specimen, who grew up in the KGB world of conspiracy and repression of enemies who are everywhere.

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As Russia Tramples Red Lines, Obama Clings To Fig Leaf

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Since Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, the United States and the European Union have used Putin’s fables to put off tough sanctions. Although Putin disrupted the May 25 Ukraine elections, does not intend to recognize its results, and is behind the invasion by Russian “volunteers,” the US and EU continue to hide behind the fig leaf of plausible deniability and lack of conclusive evidence, while Russian propaganda blames them for the Ukrainian tragedy.

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