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Ralph Clem

Senior Advisor

35 year Air Force career on active and Reserve status, mainly as an intelligence officer with a fighter squadron/wing, and assignments at the National Security Agency and the Air Intelligence Agency. Several years on the Air Staff in the Pentagon, including as Deputy to the Chief of Air Force Reserve.


  • Retired as Major General, last assigned to HQ USAF, Pentagon, Washington, DC.





  • Emeritus Professor of Geography, Department of Global and Sociocultural

Studies, Florida International University, Miami, Florida.


Academic Employment History:

  • Assistant, 1974, Associate, 1977, Professor, 1982- 2009, Department of

  • International Relations, Florida International University.

    • Director, Center for Transnational and Comparative Studies, Florida

  • International University, August 1999-August 2005.

  • Visiting Professor, MAIA Program, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida,

  • August 2009-May 2012.


Academic Honors:

  • Ryder Corporation Excellence in Teaching Award, Florida International

      University, 1985.

  • Appointed Faculty Member, Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, 1993.

  • Professorial Excellence Program Award, State University System of Florida,


  • Distinguished University Service Medallion, Florida International University,

      December 2009.


Publications (Books):

  • Research Guide to the Russian and Soviet Censuses, edited and with one chapter by Ralph Clem, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1986.

  • Nationality and Population Change in Russia and the USSR, with Robert A Lewis and Richard H Rowland, NY: Praeger, 1976.

  • The Soviet West: Interplay Between Nationality and Social Organization, edited and with two chapters by Ralph Clem, NY: Praeger, 1975.

  • Venezuelan Petro-Diplomacy: Hugo Chavez’s Foreign Policy, edited with and with an introduction with Anthony P Maingot, Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2011.



  • B.A., San Diego State College, 1965, Geography.

  • M.A., Columbia University, 1972, Geography.

  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1976, Geography with a concentration in

      Soviet Studies.



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