Paul M. Cole, PhD, MSFS is an independent political economist who specializes in international economics and political-risk analysis.  Regional expertise includes Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe & Russia, and east Asia.  Functional expertise includes political-economy, international security affairs, force and diplomacy, telecommunications, and archive research.  Clients have included the World Bank, the UN Development Programme, USAID, governments and parastatals, as well as private corporations.  

Until August 2019, Dr. Cole was a Senior International Research Fellow on the faculty of the Polytechnical University of Turin, Italy (PoliTo).  He is part of a team lead by the PoliTo Energy Department to assess the infrastructure, energy requirements, financing, and political risk of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as the New Silk Road.

Dr. Cole’s think tank experience includes the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the RAND Corporation.  He was recently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is a non-resident Fellow in the Security and Crisis Management Program at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr. Cole, who is an accomplished public speaker, has appeared on radio and television programs and documentary films around the world.  Dr. Cole  has taught and lectured at many colleges and universities as well.  Dr. Cole, who has also published many articles in newspapers, magazines, peer-reviewed journals and edited books, is the author of the POW/MIA Accounting series — Volume 1: Searching for Missing American Servicemen in the Soviet Union  (Palgrave-MacMillan, April 2018) and  Volume 2: J*P*A*C and the Politics Of Human Skeletal Identification (Palgrave-Macmillan, June 2019).

Dr. Cole holds a PhD (Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies), MSFS (Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh Graduate School of Foreign Service), and a B.A. (Gustavus Adolphus College)


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