Jeane Kirkpatrick

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Jeane Kirkpatrick was appointed United States permanent representative to the United Nations by President Ronald Reagan in January of 1981, making her the first woman to serve as chief United States representative to the world body. She also serves as a member of President Reagan’s Cabinet and was a member of Reagan’s foreign policy advisory group during the 1980 presidential campaign.

A prolific writer and researcher, Mrs. Kirkpatrick has produced five books, one monograph and numerous articles on American political issues and American foreign policy.

Her most recent books include “The Reagan Phenomenon—and Other Speeches on Foreign Policy,” “Dictatorships and Double Standards: Rationalism and Reason in Politics,” and “The New Presidential Elite.”

Prior to her appointment to the United Nations, Mrs. Kirkpatrick was Leavey University professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.