Paul M. Carter Jr. 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.

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

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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