Paul R. Gregory

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Biography: 

Paul Gregory is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is Cullen Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at the University of Houston, a research fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, and emeritus chair of the International Advisory Board of the Kiev School of Economics. Gregory has held visiting teaching appointments at Moscow State University and the Free University of Berlin.

Gregory was the director of the Russian Petroleum Legislation Project of the University of Houston Law Center from 1992 to 1997 and has written broadly on Russian energy.

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), for which he received the Hewett Prize, awarded to works on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe. He co-edited The Lost Transcripts of the Politburo (Yale, 2008). His archival work is summarized in “Allocation under Dictatorship: Research in Stalin’s Archive” (Journal of Economic Literature.) As a producer, Gregory worked with director Marianna Yarovskaya on the documentary film Women of the Gulag, which was short-listed for the 2019 Academy Awards.

Gregory blogs for Defining Ideas and The Hill and tweets at #PaulR_Gregory.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election."

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What The Mueller Report Tells Us About Putin, Russia And Trump's Election

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The celebratory messages reportedly circulated within Russian government circles following Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election are oft-cited as proof of Russian collusion. This mood reportedly was shared by the Russian people, who had been told that Trump had no chance against the corrupt American establishment. Russia’s jubilation is consistent with ex-British spy Christopher Steele’s dossier claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Trump to win.

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Is Russia Preparing A Gas Nuclear Option?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, May 13, 2019

Vladimir Putin is noted for taking surprise action, which confronts his victims with a fait accompli. They must then either accept the new unfavorable status quo or react in a way that they would consider too risky. Putin has employed this playbook in Georgia, Crimea, East Ukraine, Syria, on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and to prop up the Maduro regime in Venezuela.

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How Socialist Is Bernie Sanders?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Democratic candidate owes America some answers

Analysis and Commentary

Putin's Provocations Are Met With Ridicule In Ukraine

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dictators fear being ridiculed with humor. Jokes about Stalin were punished by prison or death. In China, a TV anchor was threatened for jokes mocking Mao Zedong. In Venezuela, the Maduro government counts anti-Chavismo satire as punishable by censorship, cancellation or even jail.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Peaceful Ukrainian election is a win for democracy."

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Peaceful Ukrainian Election Is A Win For Democracy

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Monday, April 22, 2019

In our world of declining democracy, Sunday’s Ukrainian presidential election stands out as a beacon of hope. With a turnout exceeding 60 percent, Ukraine voted overwhelmingly for bold change in a landslide for 41-year-old TV star Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Paul Gregory: Ukraine's Presidential Contest Sets A Popular Actor Against A Veteran Politician, Just Like The Us In 2016.

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses Ukraine's presidential election.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Stands To Be The Biggest Loser Of Ukraine's Elections

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Saturday, March 30, 2019

On Sunday, Ukrainian voters will cast their ballots for president. Despite non-stop Russian propaganda and fake news, a disaffected electorate, dirty tricks and slander among the candidates and a dueling oligarch-controlled media, Ukraine is poised to pull off a miracle that few will appreciate.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Mueller report confirms the Steele dossier belongs in the dustbin of history."

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