Dr. Paul Carter is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service and is detailed to USIP as a State Department senior fellow.

Most of his career as a diplomat and scholar has focused on Russia, the Soviet Union, and other countries of Europe and Eurasia. He most recently served as U.S. consul general in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Previous overseas postings include Sri Lanka, Greece, Russia, and Poland. He also has served in the Assistance Office of the State Department’s Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs, as senior adviser to the Helsinki Commission, and at the Ukraine, Russia, and Poland desks at the State Department.

Dr. Carter received his bachelor’s from The Catholic University of America and his master’s and doctorate from Indiana University with a specialization in Russian and Soviet affairs. He participated in the 1985-1986 IREX exchange of scholars with the Soviet Union, and Moscow State University published his book, “Chief Ideologist: M.A. Suslov and the “Science” of Communism in the USSR,” in 2003.

Publications By Paul

A Reason for Hope in Russia’s Industrial Heartland

A Reason for Hope in Russia’s Industrial Heartland

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

By: Paul M. Carter Jr., Ph.D.

The courageous return to Russia and arrest of Alexei Navalny opened a new phase in the opposition to President Vladimir Putin’s rule. Not only were the ensuing demonstrations the largest and most widespread since 2011-2012, but the opposition also showed itself to be more daring, aggressive and creative. The authorities responded with arrests of organizers and activists throughout the country and recently detained 200 elected local officials and others gathered at a conference in Moscow to discuss municipal self-government. The run-up to parliamentary elections scheduled for September will be the next opportunity for the opposition to show its strength.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance

Understanding Russia’s Interest in Conflict Zones

Understanding Russia’s Interest in Conflict Zones

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

By: Paul M. Carter Jr., Ph.D.

Under Vladimir Putin, Russia’s global ambitions have steadily increased, including in unstable areas of the Middle East, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere. For the most part, Moscow’s activities in these and other areas run counter to Western interests and undermine efforts to mitigate conflict through broad-based, transparent processes. This report outlines the factors that appear to be motivating the Kremlin’s conflict-zone interventions and places them within the larger context of Russian foreign policy interests.

Type: Special Report

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

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