Paul R. Gregory

Research Fellow

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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Analysis and Commentary

Putin’s Government In Donbas

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In March, the German tabloid Bild published an article based on a secret document that reveals how breakaway areas of eastern Ukraine are “being treated as parts of Russia’s sovereign territory.” The revelations cast the ongoing Minsk 2 peace negotiations in a new light, one that illuminates the frustration being expressed by the Ukrainian government.

Analysis and Commentary

Barack Obama Extols Cuba's Slave-Labor Medical Care

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Barack Obama, fresh from his historic opening to Cuba’s Castro brothers, was effusive in his praise of Cuba’s socialized health care system. Speaking to a town hall in Argentina, Obama gushed: “Medical care–the life expectancy of Cubans is equivalent to that of the United States, despite it being a very poor country, because they have access to health care. 

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Caught In Huge Panama Papers Scandal

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The dump of millions of documents leaked from Panama offshore accounts implicates Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. We already knew that Putin and his Kremlin kleptocrats were robbing Russia of its assets for personal gain, but the Panama Papers provide a proof in black and white, which Putin’s propaganda team cannot refute.


Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Plan Would Give Putin Exactly What He Wants

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Post editorial board, Republican candidate Donald Trump showed why he is Vladimir Putin’s favorite candidate for President of the United States. 

Analysis and Commentary

Ten Reasons Why Putin Wins Big In Syria While The U.S. Gets Nothing

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he is pulling the main part of his armed forces out of Syria caught the world flat-footed. Putin’s word is not to be highly valued given his claims of no troops in Ukraine.

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Analysis and Commentary

Putin Changes September Election Rules To Prop Up His 'United Russia' Party

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, March 14, 2016

The September 18 Russian parliamentary elections will take place amidst a deep economic crisis, with oil at $30 a barrel, and with election rules deliberately designed to blunt and conceal voter disaffection.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Hammers Another Nail In The Coffin Of The Russian Economy

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, February 22, 2016

As a regular visitor to the USSR and Russia in the late 1980s and 1990s, I remember the utter disaster commercial aviation was back then. Moscow’s three airports seemed deliberately designed to torture ordinary passengers, whereas the elite were escorted to their flights from exclusive lounges.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Favors Trump Or Sanders For President. Here's Why That Matters To You.

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Blaze
Friday, February 19, 2016

RT’s (Russia Today, the Kremlin’s media arm to the outside world) press coverage of the U.S. presidential primaries has been uniformly favorable towards Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, while Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio have been the butt of negative reporting.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump’s Tariffs Would Make The U.S. A Renegade In The World Community

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About (Blog)
Sunday, February 14, 2016

In the Saturday night debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump again threatened a 35 percent tariff on goods produced in Mexico by an American company that has relocated to Mexico. No opposing candidate pointed out that such a retaliatory tariff would violate the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) of which the United States is a member in good standing. (It would also be in violation of the NAFTA agreement).

Analysis and Commentary

What If Vladimir Putin Has Hillary Clinton's Emails?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, February 12, 2016

Despite a clear warning received almost three years ago, it has taken a heated presidential campaign and an FBI investigation to make us aware of the national security threat of Hillary Clinton’s unsecured state department e-mails. The Kremlin’s cyber warfare army has had ample opportunity to steal Clinton’s entire e-mail cache (including 31,830 “private” e-mails).