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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The Infrastructure Myth

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

Politicians always demand more infrastructure—and the spending that goes with it. Yet the United States already spends vast sums on such things, much of it wasted. 

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Can Trump Handle Putin?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

Forewarned is forearmed. Let’s arm our new president with the facts about Russia. 

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The Trump Dossier Is Fake -- And Here Are The Reasons Why

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, January 12, 2017

A former British intelligence officer, who is now a director of a London private security-and-investigations firm, has been identified as the author of the dossier of unverified allegations about President-elect Donald Trump’s activities and connections in Russia, according to the Wall Street Journal

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Why Russia Cannot Become Our Friend: Memo To President Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, January 9, 2017

I attended a small meeting at Stanford as the primaries went into full swing. The get-together included several former senior members of the Obama and Bush administrations. They agreed that the new President, irrespective of party, will try a new reset with Putin. 

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Putin Already Playing Nuclear Poker With Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, December 26, 2016

Donald Trump’s tweet that “the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes” ignited a stage-four meltdown among his critics.

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CBS' 'Face The Nation' Downplays Henry Kissinger's Doubts That Russia Sought To Elect Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, December 19, 2016

Online, CBS News has provided the full 18 minute taped interview with former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, six minutes of which were broadcast on the December 18 Face the Nation. The full interview begins with moderator, John Dickerson’s question on Dr. Kissinger’s take on the presumed hacking of the US election. 

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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.” 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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