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Paul Goble
Paul Goble

Paul Goble

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."

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Day In The Life

Senior Associate

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

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Miami University-Oxford

  • Graduate Degree

    University of Chicago

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Says that the biggest mistake most people make is that they narrow their career path too early on.

  • 2.

    Advises road-trippers to get a broad education, plan for 2-3 different careers.

  • 3.

    In his twenties, he made a major career shift; went from planning to be an academic to entering the world of ethnic conflict.

  • 4.

    The CIA hired him as a "Soviet Affairs Analyst" assigned to dissect the war in Afghanistan and "expose the soft underbelly of the USSR."

  • 5.

    He was trained as a specialist on Russia and the Baltic states; now teaches at the University of Tatu in Estonia.

  • 6.

    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.

  • 7.

    However, he says that "doing better" by those industry standards means more money, better house, better car.

  • 8.

    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.