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Ken Pope

Vice President for Academic Operations and Strategic Partnerships

Ken Pope is Vice President for Academic Operations and Strategic Partnerships of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Previously he had a 34-year career in the U.S. Army, consulting industry and academia. While in uniform, he served in a variety of Armored Reconnaissance, Special Operations and Russian Foreign Area Officer (FAO) assignments in Europe, the Middle East, and Central America. He commanded an Armored Cavalry Troop during the Persian Gulf War and a Special Operations unit focused on Central America. Ken had over 12 years of operational fieldwork as an Army FAO with a focus on Russia and the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, and security issues with a variety of assignments in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kosovo. In the consulting industry, he led teams that provided strategy, planning, analysis and wargaming support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, and Combatant Commands. Ken also served as an Assistant Professor at the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies at the University of Mississippi where he taught courses on intelligence, advanced analytics, senior capstone program and led the center’s national security simulations. He has a B.A. in Sociology, an M.A. in International Relations and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and Staff College and the George C. Marshall Center’s Executive Program for Advanced Security Studies. He speaks Russian.


Sacred Treasures Show with Kathie Duggan – Radio Maria USA (January 10, 2022)
Wrongthink and Self-Censorship Yesterday and TodaySpeech First (February 15, 2022)
Remembering Victims of Communism – Human Events (March 2022)

VOC’s Eric Patterson and Ken Pope argue that the United States is locked in a new Cold War-style ideological struggle with our adversaries — authoritarianism and communism versus the Western liberal order — and that we need to catch up,…

VOC’s CEO, Ken Pope, writes in a joint op-ed with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R) for The Washington Times on the importance of names and preserving the legacy of Oswaldo Payá by re-naming a certain street after the slain Cuban activist.

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