Interview with Paul Goble


PAUL GOBLE is director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. Prior to assuming those positions in 2004, he worked in a variety of positions on similar issues in both the government and the private sector in Washington, D.C., for over a quarter of a century.

Among his Washington positions were senior advisor to the director of the International Broadcasting Bureau, senior advisor to the director of the Voice of America, director of the communications and technology division of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, director of research at the Jamestown Foundation, and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Earlier, Mr. Goble served as special advisor on Soviet nationality problems and Baltic affairs to Secretary of State James A. Baker, director of Radio Liberty’s research department, special assistant for Soviet nationalities in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and Soviet affairs analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and Foreign Broadcast Information Service.

In these various positions, he helped to organize and prepare INR’s Soviet Nationalities Survey, RFE/RL’s Daily Report and the Newsline family of publications, the Jamestown Foundation’s daily and weekly reports. He also wrote two Internet-based publications on his own, Analysis from Washington (1500 releases) and most recently Window on Eurasia.

While serving in these various capacities, he also testified more than 25 times to the Congress on the areas of his expertise and both lectured at U.S. agencies and departments and taught at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the Institute of World Politics. For his lectures at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, Mr. Goble was named a distinguished guest lecturer. In addition, he has spoken at numerous American and European universities and delivered papers to meetings of the AAASS, APSA, AABS, and ASN, as well as to World Affairs Councils.

The Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian governments have decorated Mr. Goble with their highest awards – the Order of Terra Mariana, the Order of the Three Stars, and the Order of St. Gediminas, respectively, for his role in promoting the recovery of Baltic independence and the departure of Soviet/Russian occupation forces from their territories. (He has also received awards from the three Baltic diasporas and the Captive Nations Committee for his work in this regard.) In addition, he has received multiple Distinguished Honor Awards from the IBB and the Department of State and was named the Department’s Analyst of the Year.

Mr. Goble received a BA summa cum laude in political science from Miami University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa and an MA in political science at the University of Chicago. He speaks Russian and has a reading knowledge of German, French, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, and Estonian.

Mr. Goble’s publications include five books and more than 1005 op eds in leading newspapers in the United States and Europe.

  •  Editor, Latvia in the Twentieth Century (Riga, 2006)
  •  Editor, Interethnic Relations in Russia and the CIS, vols. 1 and 2 (Moscow, 1994-95)
  •  Editor, Who’s Who in the Study of Peoples and Nationality Problems of Russia (Moscow, 1995)
  • “Russia as a Failed State,” Baltic Defense College, Quarterly, no. 4 (2004)
  • “The Warlords of Democracy,” Slate, August 1996
  •  “Dangerous Liaison: Moscow, the Former Yugoslavia and the West,” in Richard Ullman, ed., The World and Yugoslavia’s Wars (New York, 1996)
  •  “Turning the Cold War on its Head,” in Uri Raanan and Kate Martin, eds, Russia: A Return to Imperialism (New York, 1995)
  •  “Three Faces of Nationalism in the Post-Soviet States,” in Charles Kupchan, ed., Nationalism and Nationalities in the New Europe (Ithaca, 1995)
  • “Back to Biafra? Defending Borders and Defending Human Rights in the Post-Cold War Environment,” Fordham International Law Review, May 1995
  • “Regions, Republics and Russian Reform: Center-Periphery Relations in the Russian
  •  Federation,” in John Blaney, ed., The Post-Soviet States (Washington, 1995)
  • “Chechnya and Its Consequences,” Post-Soviet Affairs, January-March 1995
  • “The Baltics: Three States, Three Fates,” Current History, October 1994
  • “Ethnicity as Explanation, Ethnicity as Excuse,” in Ethnic Conflict and Regional Instability (US Army War College, 1994)
  • “Russia as a Eurasian Power,” in Stephen Sestanovich, ed., Rethinking Russia’s Naitonal Interest (Washington, DC, 1994)
  • “Ten Issues in Search of a Policy: America’s Failed Response to the Post-Soviet States,” Current History, October 1993
  • “The Fifty Million Muslim Misunderstanding: The West and Central Asia Today, Chanteh, Spring 1993
  • “Coping with the Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis,” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Summer 1992
  • “Forget the Soviet Union,” Foreign Policy, Spring 1992
  • “Federalism and Human Rights in the Soviet Union,” Cornell International Law Journal, Spring 1991
  • “Russisiche Nationalismus und Sowjetmacht,” in Andreas Kappeler, ed., Die Russen (Köln, 1990)
  • “Ethnic Politics in the USSR,” Problems of Communism, July-August 1989
  • “Readers, Writers and Republics: The Structural Basis of Non-Russian Literary Politics” in Mark Beissinger and Lubomyr Hajda, eds., Soviet Nationality Problems (New York, 1988)
  • “Gorbachev and the Soviet Nationality Problem,” in Maurice Friedberg and Heyward Isham, eds, Soviet Society Under Gorbachev (New York, 1987)
  • “Managing the Multinational USSR,” Problems of Communism, July-August 1985
  • “Samuel Northrup Harper and the Study of Russia: His Career and Collection,” Cahiers du Monde Russe et Sovietique, Fall 1974
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Circassians Demand Russian Apology For 19Th Century Genocide
Paul Goble, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Caucasus Report

A Greater Circassia 'More Probable than Nuclear War,' Moscow Analyst Says
Window on Eurasia, December 11, 2007, by Paul Goble

Sochi Olympics Already Casting Shadows on the North Caucasus
Window on Eurasia, December 19, 2007, by Paul Goble

New Satellite TV to Link World’s Circassians Together
Window on Eurasia, January 18, 2008, by Paul Goble

Circassians Seek Reburial of 1917-19 Mountaineer Republic Leader
Window on Eurasia, January 28, 2008, by Paul Goble

Conference - The Circassians: Past, Present and Future
Jamestown Foundation, 21 May 2007, Washington DC., (Video Available)

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