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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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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No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Saturday, February 18, 2017

A number of top Democratic lobbyists have significant ties to Russian interests, including the Podesta Group, Lanny Davis, and former Sen. John Breaux.

Analysis and Commentary

It's Time For Trump To Call Ukraine's 'Pro-Russian Rebels' What They Are: Russian Invaders

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

Donald Trump’s interview with FoxNews’ Bill O’Reilly during the halftime at Sunday’s Super Bowl has been ridiculed as the ramblings of an uninformed President.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Claims The CIA Hacked The Kremlin -- But Did It?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Vladimir Putin has a playbook that has brought him considerable success. Its Rule Number 1 is to accuse your enemies—falsely—of doing to you what you are doing to them. Under this rule, Blackwater CIA contractors started the war in Donbas, not Russian-hired mercenaries.

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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. 

Analysis and Commentary

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. 

Analysis and Commentary

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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