Pope, J. Paul | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., Naval Postgraduate School
  • B.S., U.S. Military Academy
Teaching Areas
  • Intelligence and National Security

James "Paul" Pope is a clinical professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a senior fellow in the Intelligence Studies Project, which is sponsored by the Strauss and Clements Centers. He retired from the CIA after multiple foreign tours, service as chief of station and assignments as a chief, deputy chief and chief of operations in three of the Directorate of Operations largest components. As chief of the training and tradecraft division, Pope was responsible for DO training, capturing "lessons learned," and adapting training and tradecraft to emerging technical challenges and mission imperatives. He was acting assistant director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement for an extended period and head of delegation to NATO's Civilian Intelligence Committee.

Pope was DNI/DCIA Representative to Commander, U.S. Pacific Command and his component commands. Prior to the NCS, he served on the National Intelligence Council for the Near East and South Asia and led an analytic branch in the Directorate of Intelligence. Pope was an Army officer, with service on the Army General Staff after twice commanding at the company level, including command of the only active firebase in the Army on the Korean DMZ. He received his M.A. With Distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School and B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Pope is a distinguished graduate of Command and General Staff College and a graduate of the National War College's CAPSTONE course.


Media MentionOctober 15, 2019
Opinion: Abandoning friends does not make us safer

The withdrawal of U.S. troops sends a bad message to our nation's would-be allies says Paul Pope, a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, in his opinion article in the Austin American-Statesman. 

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FeatureJune 12, 2018
The Graduating Class of 2018: Amanda McKee

“My policy research project was my most cherished experience here at LBJ,” said Amanda McKee, a 2018 MGPS graduate who studied the security, law and diplomacy track.

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Media MentionMarch 9, 2018
Intelligence communities and Special Forces

Host Abhishek Mukund is joined by LBJ School of Public Affairs Professor Paul James Pope. Professor Pope discusses the changing relationship between the intelligence communities and special forces, namely the change that took place following 9/11. Professor Pope also helps break down what this relationship looks like in the field of action, and the important lessons we can learn from such a relationship that can be applied in other areas of domestic and foreign policies.

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