Paul R. Gregory

Research Fellow
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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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.

Analysis and Commentary

Nationwide Protests Against Corruption Catch Russia's Authorities Off Guard

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, March 27, 2017

March 26 marks the seventeenth anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s election to the presidency of Russia. This date could go down in history as the day the Russian people declared: “We have had enough.”

Analysis and Commentary

Hackers In Epaulets: A Challenge To The Consensus On Russian Interference In The 2016 Election?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, March 27, 2017

To connect the dots on Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election (RussiaGate), we must begin with the understanding that Russia is a criminal enterprise disguised as a state. Sitting at the top of the “power vertical,” Putin has accumulated vast personal wealth and power; political murders remain unresolved; and territories are run by criminal clans. 

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Plans For Reelection Without Crimea Euphoria And The Trump Bubble

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, March 20, 2017

March 18 is a national Russian holiday marking President Vladimir Putin’s 2014 signing of Crimea’s annexation. The so-called Crimean mobilization pumped up Putin’s approval ratings, sagging from the 2011-12 political protests and lackluster economic performance. 

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Analysis and Commentary

Is Putin Preparing To Admit Guilt For MH17?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) began its hearings on Ukraine's suit against Russia on March 6 in the Hague. Ukraine’s 45-page indictment alleges that Russia violated two UN conventions: First, the Terrorist Financing Treaty through its support of "illegally armed groups" in the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, and, second, the mistreatment of Tartars under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. 

Analysis and Commentary

Saudi Oil Minister Sounds Trouble For Russia At Houston Conference

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, March 10, 2017

Energy producers and OPEC ministers, meeting at CERAWeek in Houston, grappled with a global glut of oil that was not supposed to be. Back in November, OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers agreed to their first production cut in eight years. Thus ended a Saudi-led experiment with free markets that had driven down crude prices to historic lows.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Changes Course As He Gives Up On Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Vladimir Putin has gained his reputation as a strategic thinker and mover by being one step ahead of his opponents. His blitz annexation of Crimea caught a world off-guard, thinking: “He’ll never do that.” Putin moved into the Syria conflict with the West unprepared, just in time to save client Bashar Assad’s regime. 

Analysis and Commentary

Vladimir Fomenko, The Only Russian With Known Links To U.S. Political Hacking, Speaks Out

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vladimir Fomenko has been accused of being deeply involved in Russian hacking of U.S. political institutions. We entered into a correspondence for the purpose of allowing Fomenko to tell his side of the story. Here it is.

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