Education
  • M.A., Naval Postgraduate School
  • B.S., U.S. Military Academy
Teaching Areas
  • Intelligence and National Security

James “Paul” Pope is the Central Intelligence Agency’s officer-in-residence at the LBJ School. He is a senior executive in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). He recently served on the NCS’s leadership team as chief of the Tradecraft and Training Division, responsible for implementing and managing service-wide training. He has had multiple foreign tours, managed budgets and multidisciplinary and interagency workforces, and has served as a chief of station. He has served in senior coordinating roles with the National Security Council staff. Before joining the NCS, he served as deputy national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia and led analytic units in the CIA’s Intelligence Directorate. Pope was awarded the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, the National Intelligence Reform Medal, the NCS’s Donovan Award for Excellence and multiple performance awards. Before joining the CIA, he was an Army officer, serving on the Army staff and twice commanding combat arms units at the company level, including the only active firebase in the Army on the Korean DMZ. Pope received his M.A. with distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School and his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He retired from the Army reserves as a lieutenant colonel.

Newsworthy

Media MentionJuly 4, 2017
5 Lessons Trump’s America Can Learn From 1776

Independence Day is usually more about celebration than reflection. Yet LBJ Professor Paul Pope says we should pause long enough to recall that merely declaring independence from Great Britain did not grant us independence nor establish government “by the people.”

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Media MentionJuly 4, 2017
Commentary: Six national security principles we should take from 1776

LBJ Professor Paul Pope calls for reflection on Independence Day. 

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Media MentionJuly 2, 2017
COMMENTARY: National security takeaways from 1776

LBJ Professor Paul Pope calls for reflection on Independence Day. 

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