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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Recent Commentary

Breitbart's 'electronic McCarthyism'?

by Richard V. Allenvia Arena (Politico)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The incident demonstrates the craziness of distorted excerpts, out-of-context statements and transposed comments, and - most of all, the craziness of forcing unjust actions through fear of news media and blogger "deadlines" failing to be met...

Analysis and Commentary

Reagan’s Secure Line

by Richard V. Allenvia New York Times
Friday, June 4, 2010

With a controversial Israeli attack in the news, I have thought back to another controversial Israeli attack, one that took place 29 years ago today: the strike on the Osirak nuclear reactor under construction in Iraq...

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Where did Obama go wrong in the Gulf oil spill?

by Richard V. Allenvia Arena (Politico)
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ridiculous notions about finding ex post facto ways to punish BP, and Robert Reich's typically wonderful statist solution are a waste of time...

Analysis and Commentary

Ronald Reagan, a Man With a Plan

by Richard V. Allenvia New York Times
Saturday, January 30, 2010

Political platforms are usually written for election campaign purposes, then quickly scrapped after a presidential election. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Tear Down This Wall

by Richard V. Allen with Josef Joffevia Human Events Online
Monday, November 9, 2009

Today, folks in their 20s may have a difficult time recalling just why a Wall was erected in Berlin sometime in the past, and may wonder why such a fuss is being made today in the media and why celebrations are being held to commemorate the disappearance of the Wall. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Next Step in the Taiwan-China Dance

by Richard V. Allenvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, August 16, 2009

When Richard Nixon conceived the strategy in 1967 to open a door to the People's Republic of China (PRC), he had only a vague notion of how "success" could actually be measured...

Analysis and Commentary

Degrees of Acceptance at Notre Dame

by Richard V. Allenvia New York Times
Saturday, April 11, 2009

THERE is turmoil in South Bend, Ind. — and around the country...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama's Experience Doesn't Match Up

by Richard V. Allenvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Heading off on his week-long, high-profile tour of seven countries, Barack Obama defined the first part of the trip's purpose by telling reporters, "I want to, obviously, talk to the commanders and get a sense, both in Afghanistan and in Baghdad of . . . what . . . their biggest concerns are."...

Analysis and Commentary

Reincarnating Reagan

by Richard V. Allen with Martin Andersonvia National Review Online
Thursday, September 13, 2007

Much of the reaction to the formal debut of Fred Thompson in the presidential campaign has focused on his “positioning” within the Republican party, citing the opinions of various commentators as to whether he’s a “conservative,” a “moderate” or something else...

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The Skeptical Democrat and the Enthusiastic Republican

by Richard V. Allenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

How Jeane Kirkpatrick made common cause with Ronald Reagan. By Richard V. Allen.