Richard V. Allen

Senior Fellow, Emeritus

Richard Allen is an emeritus senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. The holder of a master’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame, Allen was a senior staff member at Hoover from 1966 to 1968, at which time he took a leave of absence to serve as Richard Nixon’s foreign policy coordinator subsequently serving twice in the Nixon White House. He was Ronald Reagan’s chief foreign policy adviser from 1977 to 1980 and served as President Reagan’s first national security adviser from 1981 to 1982. A Hoover fellow since 1983, he is currently a member of the US Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Richard Allen: Remember Ronald Reagan's First Visit To The Berlin Wall, 1978

interview with Richard V. Allenvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 8, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Richard Allen discusses Ronald Reagan's first visit to the Berlin Wall.

On Human Rights For North Korea

by Richard V. Allen, Lee Edwards, Robert Zapesochny quoting George P. Shultzvia The Washington Times
Monday, June 11, 2018

President Trump needs a “Plan B” to force Kim Jong-Un to give up his nuclear program. Much like negotiating with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, any direct talks with North Korea are not likely to succeed if American negotiators continue to ignore human rights and focus exclusively on arms control.

Another View: For the GOP, start thinking 2018 and 2020

by Richard V. Allen
Sunday, August 28, 2016

The phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures” is attributed to Hippocrates. Now is the time for the Republican Party to take decisive, perhaps desperate, measures if it is going to survive. Republicans must look past the 2016 presidential election and start planning for the 2018 and 2020 comebacks.

Allen: Why Ronald Reagan Would Support Ryan

by Richard V. Allen
Friday, August 5, 2016

Ronald Reagan was one of the great storytellers of our time. He had an inexhaustible inventory of jokes, quips and tales that channeled his wonderful sense of humor, and was able to deploy a suitable joke even at the most serious of moments.

California Capitol
Analysis and Commentary

Book Review: 'When Politics Worked,' by Chris Matthews

by Richard V. Allenvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

As the nation voted in November 1980, Ronald Reagan was watching closely from California.

Ronald Reagan
Analysis and Commentary

The Reagan-Thatcher Affinity: A Warmth That Won the Cold War

by Richard V. Allenvia Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Farewelling Baroness Margaret Thatcher in a proper fashion is a difficult task: she left such a deep imprint upon the world that assessing its importance demands volumes analyzing her beliefs and paying proper tribute.

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In the News

The Extraordinary Case of Farewell

by Richard V. Allenvia American Spectator
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Thirty years ago in late July 1981, the G-7 Economic Summit opened at Chateau Montebello, Quebec...

The White House
Analysis and Commentary

When Reagan was shot, who was ‘in control’ at the White House?

by Richard V. Allenvia Washington Post
Saturday, March 26, 2011

A powerful Cabinet secretary had made a shocking mistake during a national crisis that demanded he display calm and command. The inside story of that moment, however, is both more mundane and more worrisome...

John Boehner
Analysis and Commentary

Boehner, Obama's favorite foil

by Richard V. Allenvia Arena (Politico)
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Apart from wanting to appear rough on Republican Leader John Boehner in Ohio...a principal target of the Ohio appearance was gubernatorial candidate John Kasich...

Analysis and Commentary

The teleprompter presidency?

by Richard V. Allenvia Arena (Politico)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Is President Obama eloquent only when using the teleprompter? Not at all; he is naturally eloquent, and has been since he emerged as a putative candidate several years ago...