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

The 'Putin Directed The Leaks' Story Is Less Than It Appears

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, December 16, 2016

NBC News, in an exclusive report, cites “two senior intelligence officials with direct access to the information” as claiming that “U.S. intelligence officials now believe with ‘a high level of confidence’ that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.” 


Does Putin Not Understand That Trump Not Clinton Threatens His Petrostate?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, December 16, 2016

Clinton supporters and mainstream media assert that Russian-state agents hacked and released (through WikiLeaks) embarrassing Democratic-party emails that may have swung the election to Donald Trump. They claim that these blatant interventions were ordered by Vladimir Putin to insure that his favorite candidate, Donald Trump, become the next US President.

Analysis and Commentary

The Battle Over Russian Hacking Is Over The Legitimacy Of The Trump Presidency

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, December 11, 2016

The tempest over whether Russian state hackers were behind the WikiLeaks release of Democratic Party emails is really a battle for the narrative of the 2016 Presidential election. 

Analysis and Commentary

Media Wakes Up To Russia's 'Fake News' Only After It Is Applied Against Hillary

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The mainstream media is outraged that the Kremlin has deployed its vaunted propaganda against the Democratic Party and its candidate, Hillary Clinton. According to a report of the Washington Post, the Kremlin’s “fake news” may have pushed Donald Trump first over the finish line. 

Analysis and Commentary

Fidel Castro: A Litmus Test Of American Political Thinking

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fidel Castro is dead at age 90. In power for more than a half century, his regime ruled the last planned socialist economy. 

Analysis and Commentary

International Criminal Court: Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine Is A 'Crime,' Not A Civil War

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, November 20, 2016

On November 14, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its preliminary findings that “there exists a sensible or reasonable justification for a belief that a crime [my italics] falling within the jurisdiction of the Court ‘has been or is being committed’” within the Crimean and Donbas territories of Ukraine.

Analysis and Commentary

An Unbeholden President Trump Takes The Measure Of Vladimir Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, November 13, 2016

For the first time in years, we have a President who is not beholden—a President who can ignore special interests and do what he believes is for the good of the country. With both houses of Congress, he will enjoy considerable power, but that power will be subject to the ingenious checks and balances of the Constitution. 

Hillary Clinton's Corrupt Dealings Have Given Putin A Massive Propaganda Victory

by Paul R. Gregory
Monday, November 7, 2016

Putin’s propagandists are waiting for the election results, as are American voters, to tell them whether Americans are turned off by Washington DC, Inc. or will follow Clinton’s misdirection – the oldest trick in the magician’s bag.

Analysis and Commentary

Where Was The Media When The Clinton Email Scandal Broke Three Years Ago?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, November 4, 2016

The mainstream media ignore the fact that, as of March 2013, we knew that a trusted Clinton aide was sending “sensitive” emails to her private email account and that they were subsequently hacked. We knew that the mainstream media ignored this blockbuster although the hacker purported he had been sent them copies of the hacked emails.

Analysis and Commentary

The New York Times: No Longer Troubled By Clinton’s Big-Time Russian Connections

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Daily Caller (DC)
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Clinton campaign, stung by the resumption of the FBI email probe, has returned to Donald Trump’s taxes and his alleged Russian connections. They ask indignantly: Do voters not know that a former Trump campaign manager consulted for Ukraine’s ousted president and that another attended an ill-timed meeting in the Kremlin.