This summer, the University of Latvia in Riga awarded Professor Paul Goble an honorary doctorate and membership in the faculty because of his contributions to Latvia both in the course of the recovery of its independence from the Soviet Union and after 1991.
"I was decorated with the Latvian Order of the Three Stars, Second Class, some years ago; this latest award was completely unexpected and a delight, as it is my first one," comments Prof. Goble.
An expert on Eurasia and public diplomacy, Prof. Goble has served 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 in Eurasia, and his blog, Window on Eurasia: New Series, provides insights on notable happenings in the region. He teaches Islam and Geopolitics at IWP.