R. (Ron) Pope, PhD
1403 Kingsridge Drive, Normal, Illinois 61761
Phone: (309)454-2364 E-mail:email@example.com
1975 Ph.D. International Relations, University of Pennsylvania,
1966 M.A. Russian Area Studies, University of California
at Los Angeles; completed an additional two quarters of graduate
work in Political Science beyond the Masters degree.
1964 B.A. Economics, University of California at Riverside.
1967-1968 Armed Forces Air Intelligence School,
1964-1965 Southern California School of Theology,
1960-1962 Chico State College, Chico, California.
1992 to present: Consultant. Clients have included Motorola
(Semiconductor Components Group Manufacturing), other medium and small
businesses, and individuals. (President, Serendipity: Russian Consulting
& Development, Ltd.)
1976-2009: Assistant/Associate Professor, Russian Politics,
Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University,
Spring 1976: Visiting Assistant Professor, Temple University,
1975-1976: Lecturer, Beaver College; Community College
of Philadelphia; Montgomery County Community College, Pennsylvania.
1971-1972: Research Analyst, Foreign Policy Research
Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1968-1970: Special Lecturer, Boise State College,
1967-1971: Photo Intelligence Officer, United States
Air Force; served to the rank of Captain.
and President (1991), Serendipity: Russian Consulting & Development,
Ltd. (now called Serendipity-Russia.) Organized and financed the
building of a model American home in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois'
Russian Sister City of Vladimir; dedicated July 4, 1992. The American
Home is Serendipity's headquarters for a variety of not-for-profit
and for-profit activities. These include an American English &
Culture School, with more than 400 Russian students per term and eight
American teachers; an intensive Russian language program; a tourism
development program; and assistance with a variety of activities,
including educational and cultural exchanges, business and police
training, and other not-for-profit projects. This is a major undertaking
which has received significant recognition. (See, for example, The
Post-Soviet Handbook, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996,
pp. 11-12; Pennsylvania Gazette (University of Pennsylvania alumni
magazine), March/April 2001; available on the web at: http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0301/0301pro4.html
Project funding, 2004 to the present. Initiated the project and
played a major role in getting a $5,000 "seed grant" from
Sister Cities International.. Obtained an additional $26,000 in private
funding. The goal of this project is to help the City of Vladimir
and the surrounding communities fully develop their tourist potential.
The project team includes Dr. Bruce Wicks, a University of Illinois
tourism development specialist; Karen Hasara, former mayor of Springfield,
Illinois; and Katya Lakshtanova, a University of Illinois tourism
management Masters degree recipient who is formerly from Moscow. For
more information on this major project see www.serendipity-russia.com/tourdev.html.
Group Programs Abroad. Grants totaling $235,000. The first two
grants were obtained through the University of Illinois Russian, East
European, and Eurasian Center in 2004 and 2007. The third grant for
summer 2008 was received by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian
Studies at the University of Chicago. All the in-country arrangements
for these grants were made through the American Home in Vladimir.
Dr. Pope was the initiator of this program, and a major contributor
to and the trip Director for all three grants. (For more information
on these very successful projects, see the Serendipity website: special
projects -- educational exchange.)
Soviet Views on the Cuban Missile Crisis: Myth and Reality
in Foreign Policy Analysis. Edited with commentary and annotations.
Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1982. (Regularly cited in
subsequent publications on the missile crisis.)
The Soviet System: Some Personal Observations.
Collection of 26 brief essays. Normal, IL: Normal Press, 1985.
ARTICLES AND RELATED ITEMS
(See the articles section of the Serendipity-Russia
"The Rule of Law in Russia-Necessary but Impossible?",
"Russian-American Law Enforcement Exchanges: What One
Program Has Accomplished" (2004), Law Enforcement Executive
Forum (Vol. 4, NO. 4).
"To Know or Not to Know English," (2000), Johnson's
Russia List (#4573, 11 October).
"Do Americans Need to Know Russian?" (2000), Johnson's
Russia List (#4566, 7 October).
"Business Success in the NIS: The Essential Roll of Public
Relations," (2000) BISNIS Bulletin, (June), p.
3. (Substantially revised from an earlier Johnson's Russia List essay.)
"An Illinois Yankee in Tsar Yeltsin's Court: Justice in
Russia," (1999) Demokratizatsiya, Vol. 7, No. 4.
(Fall), pp. 587-600. (This article has been characterized as "the
single best account at the micro level of the concrete obstacles to
reform in Russia"--Nils Wessell, Chair, Dept. of Humanities,
U.S. Coast Guard Academy.)
"The Rule of Law and Russian Culture--Are They Compatible?"
(1999) Demokratizatsiya, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Spring), pp.
204-13. Russian translation reprinted in Posev, November 1999, pp.
20-23. (Nikolai Zlobin, an Executive Editor for Demokratizatsiya,
wrote: "Your approach--to go beyond the problem and understand
the roots of it, and how it fits the entire picture of Russian culture,
history and mentality--[is] highly effective.")
"Is Justice Possible in Russia?" (1999) Kontinent
(#98, Winter), pp. 77-82. (Russian translation of a conference paper.)
"What Is to Be Done?" (1998) Johnson's Russia List (#2295,
3 August). Also posted on the Center for Civil Society International
(This essay on policy toward Russia has generated significant comment.)
"The View from Vladimir," (1998) Johnson's
Russia List (# 2274, 21 July).
"Business Success in the Former Soviet Union: The Role
of Public Relations," (1998) Johnson's Russia List
(# 2118, 25 March).
"Miscalculation in Soviet Foreign Policy: An Update,"
(1991). Crossroads. (November), pp. 30-39. (Some of
the research for this article was supported by a grant from the Earhart
"Helping the Soviet Union Make the Transition," (1991).
Statement submitted by request to Lee Hamilton, Chairman, Subcommittee
on Europe and the Middle East, House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S.
"Public Opinion research in the Soviet Union: A Firsthand
Account," (1990). Report on the USSR. (October
26), pp. 8-12.
"The Soviet Public and Moscow's Foreign Policy,"
(1983). Asia Pacific Community. (Fall), pp. 96-103.
"Miscalculation in Soviet Foreign Policy (With Special
Reference to Afghanistan)," (1982). Crossroads.
(Winter-Spring) pp. 117-24. (This article provided the basis for a
Radio Liberty discussion broadcast to the Soviet Union.)
"Moscow's Potential for Miscalculation in Asia," (1981).
Asia Pacific Community. (Fall), pp. 93-102.
"Afghanistan and the Influence of Public Opinion on Soviet
Foreign Policy," (1981). Asian Affairs, An American Review.
(July-August), pp. 346-52.
International Journal of Politics (1976-77).
Editor, "Soviet Views on Black Africa" issue. (Winter).
"Introduction: Soviet Views on World Affairs: The International
System and Emerging Multipolarity," (1973-74). Co-authored with
Nils H. Wessell. International Journal of Politics.
(Winter), pp. 3-12.
"Soviet Foreign Policy toward Latin America," (1972).
World Affairs. (Fall), pp. 139-70.
Annotations to Anatolii Gromyko, "The Caribbean Crisis,"
(1972); translated in Soviet Law and Government. (Summer),
Letter to the Editor,
"Results, Not Numbers" [U.S. Aid to Russia] (1999). The
Moscow Times, (August 21), p. 9.
"Inching Toward Justice in Russia," (1998). The
Christian Science Monitor. (July 14) p. 11. (Reprinted in
Johnson's Russia List #2264 ,14 July; discussed in
a Voice of America broadcast to Russia.)
"Helping the Russians to Help Themselves," (1991).
Mestnoe vreme (Vladimir, Russia). (September), p. 3.
"American Seeds Will Grow in Russian Soil," (1991).
Vladimerskie vedomosti (Vladimir, Russia). No. 35,
"Austerity: Will the Soviet Public Rebel?" (1990).
The Christian Science Monitor. (September 27), p. 19.
(Translated in Za rubezhom, Moscow. This was a weekly
national Soviet publication with a circulation of over 700,000.)
"Change in the Heart of Russia," (1990). Extended
excerpts translated in Kalaidescope (popular weekly
newspaper published in Vladimir, Russia), Nos. 21-26.
"A Proper Response to Gorbachev," (1990). Co-authored
with O.A.M. Ajayi, The Christian Science Monitor. (January
"Can the Soviet Union Survive in the Computer Age?"
(1985). The Tampa Times-Tribune (and three other major
newspapers). (March 24). (This article was reprinted by the U.S.
Information Agency for distribution abroad.)
"Does Public Opinion Affect Foreign Policy in the USSR?"
(1984). GFWC Clubwoman. (February/March), pp. 36-37.
"Talking With the Soviets" (1983). Citizen
Exchange Council Communique. (April), p.1.
"With the Soviet Man on the Street" (1980). Worldview.
(August), pp. 9-10.
White, Stephen, Zvi Gitelman, and Richard Sakwa, eds., Developments
in Russian Politics, published in Perspectives on Political
Science (September 2005).
McFaul, Michael, Nikiolai Petrov, and Andrei Ryabov, Between
Dictatorship and Democracy: Russian Post-Communist Political Reform,
published in Perspectives on Political Science (Spring
Satter, David, Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian
Criminal State, published in Perspectives on Political
Science. (Winter 2004). This is a review essay.
Simai, Mihaly, ed., The Democratic Process and the Market:
Challenges of the Transition, published in Journal of
the Community Development Society (July 2004).
Taubman, William, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era,
published in Perspectives on Political Science (Summer
2003). This book won a Pulitzer Prize.
Hahn, Jeffrey W.,
ed., Regional Russia in Transition: Studies from Yaroslavl,
published in Perspectives on Political Science, (Spring
Russia's Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev
to Putin, published in Perspectives on Political Science
(Fall, 2002). [A longer version of this last review appeared (with
permission) in Johnson's Russia List, #6448, 10 October
F., The Russian Parliament: Institutional Evolution in a Transitional
Regime, 1989-1999, published in Perspectives on Political
Science (Summer, 2002)
Reddaway, Peter and Dmitri Glinski, The Tragedy of Russia's
Reforms: Market Bolshevism Against Democracy, published in
Perspectives on Political Science. (Fall, 2001)
Additional reviews published in The Annals, July
1971, May 1980, September 1986, November 1987; ORBIS,
Summer 1971; Perspective, January/February 1980, September 1980, September
1981, November/ December 1983, November/December 1984, March/April
1986, September/December 1987, Winter, Summer 1989, Summer 1991; The
Russian Review, July 1970, October 1977, October 1978, April
1979, January 1980, October 1982; Slavic Review, Fall
1982, Summer 1985; Soviet Studies, October 1977.
Critique of Making Russian Democracy Work by Christopher
Marsh; book manuscript being considered by Texas A & M University
New York, May 4-5, 2001, "World Russian Forum." Member,
roundtable discussion on U.S.-Russian cooperation.
Washington, D.C., June 8-9, 1998. "Is Justice Possible
in Russia?" Paper presented at the Third International Conference:
Past, Present & Future of Russia. (Presentation resulted in an
interview-in Russian-for a Voice of America program and a request
to write an article for Demokratizatsiya.)
Geneva, Switzerland, August 1985. Invited panel discussant
at an international conference on The Fall of the Soviet Empire.
SELECTED AMERICAN CONFERENCES
Organizer and presenter, panel on "The Prospects for Democracy
in Russia," Midwest Slavic Conference, Urbana, Illinois, April
Discussant, panel on "Theory, International Institutions,
and Change," Midwest Political Science Association Conference,
Chicago, Illinois, April 15-17, 1999.
"Russia Today," St. Gregory the Great High School,
Chicago, Illinois, February 20, 2010-for group going to Russia.
"Has Russia Fundamentally Changed?" Counter Intelligence
unit, FBI Springfield, Illinois Division Office, September 8, 2009.
"Russia: Cultural Hurdles for Businessmen and Other Travelers,"
Peoria Area World Affairs Council, November 15, 2000.
"Russian Culture: Problems We Need to Be Aware of,"
Southern Illinois University--Carbondale, November 8, 2000.
"Understanding the Challenges of Russian Culture: Recognizing
Problems and Responding Effectively," The Kennan Institute (at
The Woodrow Wilson Center), Washington, DC, June 5, 2000.
"Russian Culture," Western Illinois University, April
"Doing Business With Russians--Some Cultural Considerations,"
University of Illinois Russian and East European Center Workshop on
Doing Business in Russia, April 13, 2000.
"Russian Culture: Some Implications," University
of South Carolina, March 3, 2000.
Information and recommendations presented to the Democratic
Budget Study Group, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.,
October 23, 1991. (Presentation was by invitation and was made in
conjunction with Congressmen Jim Leach and Steven Solarz to approximately
50 Congressmen and staff.)
Written proposal on agricultural aid to the Soviet Union submitted
to the U.S. Congress and Executive branch, 1991.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Illinois State University: Summer Research Grants, Instructional
Development Grants, Nominated for Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching
Award, departmental Exceptional Merit.
Earhart Foundation Research Grant, Summer 1989.
University of Pennsylvania: H. B. Earhart Fellowships, Henry
Salvatory Fellowship, Teaching Fellowship (declined).
University of South Carolina: NDEA Fellowship (declined).
Southern California School of Theology: Entrance Scholarship.
Armed Forces Air Intelligence School: Distinguished Graduate.
Russian: Reasonably fluent. Interpreter for visiting Russians.
Regularly give extensive lectures and interviews in Vladimir, Russia.
Have taught beginning Russian. Lived in a small Russian émigré
community in Glendora, California while attending the School of Theology,
The Soviet Union/Russia: March 1974; May-June 1979; May 1980;
May 1982; May-June 1983; July-August 1984; May 1985; May 1988, March
and May 1990; May-June and September 1991; December-January 1991-92;
March, May-July, and October 1992, June-July, August 1993; January
and May 1994; January, March, June, November 1995, December 1995-January
1996, February, May, August, December 1996; January, March, July,
August 1997, December 1997-January 1998; August 1998; July, August
1999; May, August 2000; May-July, August 2001; June-July 2002; May-June
2003; June-August 2004; May-June 2005; May-June 2006, June-July 2007,
June-July 2008, September 2009.
Austria: December 1997 (consulting for Motorola)
Poland: June 1980, May 1988.
Hungary: June 1988.
Germany and Switzerland: August 1985 (international conference).
PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE
Regular assistance to faculty and others nation-wide who are
working on projects in the Vladimir, Russia area.
Panel Member, "Career Opportunities in International Studies,"
meeting on "Youth Diplomacy," sponsored by the Peoria Area
World Affairs Council, November 18, 2001. (Interview by Ch. 25, WEEK
Numerous interviews and articles on the Soviet Union/Russia
published in area and national media; interviews, articles, and excerpts
from articles published in Vladimir, Russia, and in other Russian
Television and radio interviews both in the U.S. and Russia,
including an interview on NPR's All Things Considered, and
interviews on Voice of America.
Presentations on Soviet/Russian society, business, and politics
for numerous local groups and for groups in Vladimir, Russia.
Member, Vladimir/Canterbury Sister Cities Association of Bloomington-Normal
Member and Co-chair, Board of Directors, Wesleyan Civic Orchestra,
Bloomington, Illinois (1988-94).
Member, Bloomington/Normal-Asahikawa, Japan Sister Cities Committee,
Bloomington/Normal, Illinois (1987-90).
President, Board of Directors, Twin Cities Ballet Company,
Normal, Illinois (1982-87).
Member, Field Institute, Citizen Exchange Council, New York,
Member, Advisory Committee, Soviet Law and Government; a journal
of translations of Russian articles (1972-87).