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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Analysis and Commentary

Jeane Kirkpatrick and the Great Democratic Defection

by Richard V. Allenvia New York Times
Saturday, December 16, 2006

In the days since Jeane Kirkpatrick’s death, much has been written about her tenure at the United Nations, her foreign policy outlook and her indelible personality...

Analysis and Commentary

Reaganaut Realism Should Guide Foreign Policy

by Richard V. Allenvia Human Events Online
Monday, December 4, 2006

These days, as foreign policy and national security challenges become ever more threatening, complex and costly, I am often asked how I think Ronald Reagan would assess the range of problems now confronting United States...

Analysis and Commentary

What would Reagan do?

by Richard V. Allenvia Hoover Daily Report
Friday, June 16, 2006

Ronald Reagan was a great and determined campaigner, one who believed deeply in principles and who had clearly defined views on the major public policy issues of the times…

Bring the Troops Home?

by Richard V. Allenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 2003

South Korea may soon have to decide whether it wishes to stand with the United States, which is responsible for much of Seoul’s prosperity, or stand alone instead. By Hoover fellow Richard V. Allen.

The Day Reagan Was Shot

by Richard V. Allenvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 30, 2001

Previously undisclosed transcripts of deliberations in the White House Situation Room—by one who was there. Hoover fellow Richard V. Allen opens a window on history.

How the Bush Dynasty Almost Wasn’t

by Richard V. Allenvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2000

Early in the third evening of the 1980 Republican convention, George W. Bush’s father was scarcely on Ronald Reagan’s mind. By the end of the night, he was Reagan’s vice-presidential nominee. An account from the front lines of the Reagan revolution. By Hoover fellow Richard V. Allen.

The Man Who Won the Cold War

by Richard V. Allenvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

His critics derided him as naive, but Ronald Reagan set out to win the Cold War all the same—to win it, we repeat, not just manage it. Who looks naive now? By Hoover fellow Richard V. Allen.

Richard Nixon, LBJ, and the Invasion of Czechoslovakia

by Richard V. Allenvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, January 30, 1999

Three decades ago, the Soviets invaded Czechoslovakia—and Lyndon Johnson placed a telephone call to Richard Nixon. By Hoover fellow Richard V. Allen.

The End of the Evil Empire

by Richard V. Allenvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 1997

The cold war did not simply end. It was won. An account by Hoover fellow Richard V. Allen.