Paul's Open Road

PAUL GOBLE

Senior Associate
Carnegie Endowment For International Peace

“If I had done what I expected to do and what I planned to do, I think…my life…would have been different. It would have been less useful and less interesting.”

INTERESTS:

Government Non-Profit Organizations Politics

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Values Experience Chance Hard Work Transitions Education Failure Fear Self-Reflection

TAGS:

Afghanistan, America, being open, challenge, change the world, changing the world, CIA, curiosity, curious, government, narrowing yourself, no limits, Soviet, USSR, Washington

BIOGRAPHY:

Paul Goble isn't the typical Cold War veteran. He looks every bit the scholar with his bifocals, wispy, grey hair and oft-tented fingers. However, when he was still in his twenties, the CIA hired him as a Soviet Affairs Analyst assigned to dissect the war in Afghanistan and expose the ‘soft underbelly of the USSR.' He is a specialist on Russia and the Baltic states. He is a professor at the University of Tatu, Estonia. He has worked for the ‘State Department of Intelligence and Research' and he is Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Still, he believes that by some standards, he could have achieved more. Before his first stint at the state department, Paul was working toward, but not resigned to, a career in university. Paul believes that young people should, first and foremost, explore careers that they find most interesting. After that a mixture of hard work, luck and, most of all, adaptability is necessary to excel in one's chosen field. While he acknowledges the value of hard work, Paul also stresses that career-obsession is to be avoided.

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