Paul M. Joyal (born 1954) is an American security analyst and media commentator who frequently comments on political and security matters concerning Russia and former Soviet countries. A critic of the administration of Russian president Vladimir Putin, in late February 2007 Joyal told Dateline NBC that the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko served as a warning to all critics of the Putin government.
A few days later, on March 1, Joyal was shot and wounded outside his home in Adelphi, Maryland. The Washington Post reports that the attack is under investigation by the FBI. Earlier that evening, Joyal had dined with former KGB general Oleg Kalugin; Kalugin (whom the Russian Government accused of being a US agent) later told the Washington Post that he was not sure whether the attack was politically motivated.
In 1991, Joyal founded a security consulting company, Intercon International USA Inc., which published a weekly newsletter about security affairs in the former Soviet bloc. He later became a vice president at, and currently serves as managing director at National Strategies Inc.
He has been cited as an expert source by many news outlets, including Time Magazine and PBS The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. His published works include the book Fifteen Years of Espionage (ISBN 0935067140) and "Singling out Arab-Americans," the January 21, 1991, editorial in the Washington Post 
He has close ties with the government of the Republic of Georgia: in 1998 he acted as the country's first lobbyist to the U.S. Government, and he is listed as the contact for the 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded by former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze. In 2005 he spoke at the Georgian Embassy in Washington, DC, at the memorial service for Zurab Zhvania, the former speaker of the Georgian Parliament.
In November 2012, over five years after the shooting, his attackers had not been found.
- "Who killed Alexander Litvinenko?", Dateline NBC
- "Expert on Soviet Intelligence Shot in Adelphi", Washington Post, March 3, 2007
- "Russian Intelligence Expert Shot", NBC4
- "Intelligence Specialist's Shooting Stirs Speculation", Washington Post, 4th March 2007
- Joyal's biography at National Strategies Inc.
- "Still Spying After All These Years", Time Magazine, June 29, 1992
- "Lawmakers put domestic spy agency on their agenda", Martin Kady II, Congressional Quarterly Daily Monitor, October 15, 2002
- "Terrorism in Moscow", PBS The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, October 24, 2002
- "Singling out Arab-Americans", Washington Post January 21st 1991 (cited via the Congressional Record)
- 501 c3 filing of the E Shevardnadze Foundation for Democracy and Security http://www.taxexemptworld.com/organization.asp?tn=299688, taxexemptworld.com
- Text of Joyal's speech at Zhvania's memorial service Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
- Attack on Kremlin Critic in D.C. Suburb Still Unsolved One Year Later Archived 2008-02-20 at the Wayback Machine., By Jeff Stein, CQ National Security Editor, Feb. 15, 2008