With the news obsessed with the inquiry into election meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the question we need to ask ourselves is this: What is it that Vladmir Putin really wants?
Retired Foreign Service officer and Russia expert William Pope has the answers and he will share them at the next meeting of the Collier County Democratic Club on Monday, May 21.
The Collier County Democratic Club (CCDC) meets on the third Monday of every month. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. The CCDC provides the social setting to meet fellow Democrats and learn about the issues important to us. All are welcome to our meetings, so please join us.
Meetings take place at 6710 Lone Oak Blvd, Naples, FL 34109 at the offices of the Collier County Education Association.
William Pope holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and has done graduate work at Georgetown University. He served as a Russian linguist in the U.S. Army Security Agency and attended the National War College and the Department of Defense’s flag officer training course, “Capstone.” Mr. Pope has studied French, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Italian.
Mr. Pope served in numerous capacities during 44 years with the U.S. Department of State. During his Foreign Service career, Mr. Pope had overseas tours as Acting Ambassador in Rome, Deputy Ambassador in The Hague, and served in Pretoria, Paris and elsewhere. He held several senior positions in Washington, including Acting Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism; Director of the USG Interagency Task Force on Serbian Sanctions; and Country Desk Officer for Libya. He was awarded the State Department’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards and its Career Achievement Award.
After retiring from the Foreign Service, Mr. Pope was called back to the State Department to work on several projects, including a terrorism-related activity in Pakistan and on U.S. cyber policy under the Office of the Secretary of State. He also was the Senior Advisor for Europe at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations for the sicxty-third through the seventy-first sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.
Mr. Pope served for a decade as a Trustee of the Fisher House Foundation, a veterans service organization, and continues on its Advisory Board. He was a Diplomatic Fellow at George Mason University, where he taught graduate courses in Bio-defense and Counterterrorism. He also was an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where he taught a graduate-level course on Counterterrorism.
Mr. Pope is retired in Naples where he is a member of the Board of the Center for Critical Thinking and is active in the Naples Council on World Affairs and similar organizations. He has been a panelist at the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs and volunteers, primarily with veterans, at the Avow Hospice in Naples.