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Paul A. Goble

Former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State; Former Senior Advisor to the Director, Voice of America

Former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State; Former Senior Advisor to the Director, Voice of America


  • Russia
  • Eurasia
  • Public Diplomacy
  • International Broadcasting

Professional Experience

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was 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. While there, he launched the “Window on Eurasia” series. Prior to joining the faculty there in 2004, he served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He writes frequently on ethnic and religious issues and has edited five volumes on ethnicity and religion in the former Soviet space. Trained at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Chicago, he has been decorated by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for his work in promoting Baltic independence and the withdrawal of Russian forces from those formerly occupied lands.

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  • Formerly Professor, University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • Special Advisor to the Director, International Broadcasting Bureau
  • Senior Advisor to the Director, Voice of America
  • Assistant Director for Broadcasting and Director of Communications, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
  • Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Special Advisor on Soviet Nationality Problems, U.S. Department of State
  • Deputy Director, Research Department, Radio Liberty
  • Analyst on Soviet Nationalities, Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Central Intelligence Agency



  • B.A., 1970, Miami University
  • M.A., 1973, University of Chicago