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Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick is an American conservative political scientist and member of the neoconservative movement. After serving as Ronald Reagan's foreign policy adviser in his 1980 campaign, she was nominated as the US ambassador to the United Nations. An ardent anti-communist, she is famous for her Kirkpatrick doctrine, which advocates US support of authoritarian governments around the world. Along with Empower America[?] co-directors William Bennett and Jack Kemp, she called on the Congress to issue a formal declaration of war against the "entire fundamentalist Islamic terrorist network" the day after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.

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Jeane Kirkpatrick, born Jeane Duane Jordan November 19, 1926 in Duncan, Oklahoma, graduated from Barnard College in 1948, and received a doctorate in political science from Columbia University in 1968. During her early academic career she was a Marxist, joining the Youth section of the Socialist Party. At Columbia her principal adviser was Franz Neumann[?], a revisionist Marxist. In 1967, she joined the faculty of Georgetown University, and became a full professor of political science in 1968. She became active in politics as a Democrat in the 1970s, and was active in the later campaigns of former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey[?]. Kirkpatrick published a number of articles in political science journals reflecting her disillusionment with the Democratic party, and was especially critical of the foreign policy of Democratic President Jimmy Carter. In 1980, she became the foreign policy adviser for the Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan during his campaign. After winning the election, Reagan nominated Kirkpatrick as United States ambassador to the United Nations, a position she held for four years. She was one of the Administration's strongest open supporters of Argentina against Britain in the Falklands War. She later became a member of Reagan's national security team, where she was accused of accepting bribes, falsifying tapes that implicated Soviet forces in the shooting down of a South Korean passenger jet (Flight 007) on September 1, 1983, and advocating the dismantling of India, all of which she denied. In 1985 Kirkpatrick became a Republican and returned to teaching at Georgetown. She became a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. In 1993 she co-founded Empower America[?], a conservative public-policy organization.


  • Political Woman, 1974 (ASIN 0465059708)
  • The New Presidential Elite: Men and Women in National Politics, 1976 (ASIN 087154475X)
  • Dismantling the Parties: Reflections on Party Reform and Party Decomposition, 1978 (ASIN 0844732931)
  • Presidential Nominating Process: Can It Be Improved, 1980 (ASIN 0844733970)
  • Dictatorships and Double Standards: Rationalism and Reason in Politics, 1982 (ASIN 0671438360)
  • U.N. Under Scrutiny, 1982 (ASIN 9993887293)
  • Reagan Phenomenon and Other Speeches on Foreign Policy, 1983 (ASIN 0844713619)
  • The Reagan Doctrine and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1985 (ASIN 999650591X)
  • The United States and the World: Setting Limits, 1986 (ASIN 0844713791)
  • Legitimacy and Force: State Papers and Current Perspectives 1981-1985, 1987 (ISBN 9999962750)
  • Legitimacy and Force: National and International Dimensions, 1988 (ISBN 0887386474)
  • International Regulation: New Rules in a Changing World Order, 1988 (ISBN 1558150269)
  • Legitimacy and Force: Political and Moral Dimensions, 1988 (ISBN 0887380999)
  • The Withering Away of the Totalitarian State -- And Other Surprises, 1992 (ISBN 0844737283)


  • "What takes place in the Security Council more closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an effort at problem-solving."


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