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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Recent Commentary


A Nuclear Option For Vladimir Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Washington Times
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Back in April 2017, I wrote that “our politics has given (Vladimir) Putin the weapon to create a constitutional crisis.” At that time, pressure for a special counsel to investigate “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin was reaching a fever pitch. President Trump’s media critics and opponents on both sides of the aisle would be gratified a month later by the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.

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Europe's Dieselgate

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Friday, June 15, 2018

EU central planners wanted to combat climate change—but their policies actually did more harm than good.

Analysis and Commentary

A Distrustful Kim Should Look At Ukraine Not Libya

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ukraine, the holder of the third largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, agreed to give them up in signing the Budapest Memorandum of 1994. In return for de-nuclearizing, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia assured Ukraine’s territorial integrity. When Russia annexed Crimea contrary to international law and Russia backed an invasion of Eastern Ukraine, neither the United States nor the United Kingdom fulfilled its obligations under the Budapest Memorandum to protect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. In its hostile actions against Ukraine, Russia broke the foundation of postwar peace; namely, the sanctity of existing national boundaries.

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My War With Russian Trolls

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

How Putin's propaganda machine takes on Moscow's critics.


Overlooked In Putin's Reelection: The Kremlin's Challenge Is From The Left

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vladimir Putin has destroyed his liberal-democratic opposition led by Alexei Navalny and the late Boris Nemtsov through repression. The March 2018 election reveals that danger to the Putin regime comes from a communist left reconstituted along European lines. This takeaway from March 18 has been overlooked by foreign observers.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin's Nuclear Posturing Part Of Effort To Win Back Displeased Public

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Monday, March 5, 2018

Vladimir Putin served up his election platform for his perfunctory March 18 re-election in his annual address to the two houses of Russia’s parliament on Thursday. Putin addressed two audiences — the Russian people and his external enemies, namely the U.S. and NATO.


Did The FBI Vouch For The Crazy Russian Deal From The Steele Dossier?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Any FISA judge who issued surveillance warrants against Page based on this tall tale would have to have his head examined.

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A Grand Korea Bargain

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

The Koreas will not reunite, nor will the North disarm. We can still build something durable on that cracked foundation. 

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Why Socialism Fails

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Soviet disaster shows that modern economies are too complex to plan. 

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Should Be Wary Of Putin's 'Truth'-Telling

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Donald Trump, in his brief encounters with Russia’s president at the Asia Pacific Conference in the Philippines, got ensnared in a linguistic entanglement over Vladimir Putin’s declaration that he “believed” Russia did not intervene in the United States election.