Paul Goble

Paul Goble

Senior Associate

Carnegie Endowment For International Peace

Washington, DC USA

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.


By Roadtrip Nation

Paul Goble


My road in life has been direct.
Says that the biggest mistake most people make is that they narrow their career path too early on.
Advises road-trippers to get a broad education, plan for 2-3 different careers.
In his twenties, he made a major career shift; went from planning to be an academic to entering the world of ethnic conflict.
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 was trained as a specialist on Russia and the Baltic states; now teaches at the University of Tatu in Estonia.
Although his career, eventually came back around to academia, he says he could've achieved much more in the field if he'd stayed on that track.
However, he says that "doing better" by those industry standards means more money, better house, better car.
Instead, he chose to instead live a life with a purpose and to take steps towards changing the world; says he made the right choice.
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High School
Miami University-Oxford
University of Chicago


Senior Associate

I'm a writer and analyst specializing on ethnic and religious questions in Russia and Eurasia.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief