Jeane J. Kirkpatrick

Jeane Duane Jordan Kirkpatrick (December 19, 1926 – December 7, 2006) was an American ambassador and an ardent anticommunist. After serving as Ronald Reagan's foreign policy adviser in his 1980 campaign and later in his Cabinet, the longtime Democrat-turned-Republican was nominated as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and became the first woman to hold this position.

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Defining Terrorism

The most difficult problem in understanding politics is, I believe, to see the phenomena as they are without confusion or mystification, simply to observe who does what to whom, to hear what he says about his actions, and to observe their consequences. The more simply and clearly the phenomena can be observed and described, the … Read more

Kirkpatrick on Nicaragua

Statement by Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in the Security Council, in Right of Reply on the Complaint by Nicaragua, May 9, 1983 Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I, too, should like to begin my remarks by congratulating you on your accession to the presidency of the … Read more

The United Nations and Human Rights

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