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

It's Not Trump, But Public Intellectuals & Lobbyists Who Are Advancing Putin's U.S. Agenda

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

We live in a crazy world: Contacts with Russia by a new administration are represented as possible treason, not as normal diplomacy. Reporters decide, not a president elected by the people, what is acceptable sharing of intelligence. Administration officials with Russian associations are subject to McCarthy-like witch hunts.

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Stalin As A Study Aid

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, May 25, 2017

There are striking parallels between today’s North Korea and the Stalinist USSR of the 1930s.

Analysis and Commentary

There Remains No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Where is the evidence of President Trump's collusion with Russia?

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“It’s Best Not to Mess with Us”

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

The nuclear poker game with Moscow has already begun—or, rather, resumed. 


Authoritative Putin Think Tank Could Not Choose Between Clinton And Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, April 24, 2017

A Reuter’s exclusive cites seven anonymous “informed sources” with access to the confidential reports of the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS). Reuters claims that these reports “provided the framework and rationale” for the Kremlin’s “intensive effort …. to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system.”

Analysis and Commentary

Truckers' Strike Pits The People Against The Kremlin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Russia’s long-haul truckers began a work stoppage on March 27. Their goal is to force the Russian government to withdraw the road tax (platon in Russian) that they claim threatens their livelihood. The road tax of 1.53 rubles per kilometer (raised to 1.93 rubles on April 15) was levied on long-haul trucks in November of 2015 as a source of new state revenue.


Putin Applies MH17 False-Flag Template To Syria's Gas Attack To Convince Russian Public

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, April 13, 2017

It should be a piece of cake for the Kremlin to convince the Russian people that the massacre of civilians by sarin gas in Idlibe, Syria was a false-flag operation undertaken to discredit Putin and his client, Bashar al-Assad. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Kremlin Claims Trump Has Joined The Terrorists With An Invented WMD Excuse To Strike Syria

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, April 10, 2017

Most Russians get their news (and form their opinions) from state TV broadcasts. Channel One’s influential hour-long Vesti (The News) broadcast at 8PM provides its viewers with the Kremlin’s version of news of the day.

Analysis and Commentary

Our Politics Has Given Putin The Weapon To Create A Constitutional Crisis

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, April 2, 2017

As the Senate begins and the House continues its Russian inquiry, I offer a list of what we know and do not know about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election: First, we do know that Russian state media conducted a campaign to discredit the US election in general.

Analysis and Commentary

100% Renewables By 2050 -- Germany Pays The Price For Its Ambition

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, March 31, 2017

Germany has set the most ambitious agenda for renewable energy. According to Germany’s Enegiewende program, the share of renewables in electricity generation should reach 45 percent by 2030 and 100% by half century. Complicating matters is Germany’s Atomstop decision to close down its nuclear power plants under pressure from the powerful Green movement.