Jeane Duane Kirkpatrick (née Jordan; November 19, 1926 – December
7, 2006) was an American diplomat and political scientist. An ardent
anticommunist, she was a longtime Democrat who became a Republican in
1985. After serving as Ronald Reagan's foreign policy adviser in his
1980 campaign, she became the first woman to serve as US Ambassador to
the United Nations.
She was known for the "Kirkpatrick Doctrine", which advocated
supporting authoritarian regimes around the world if they went along
with Washington's aims. She believed that they could be led into
democracy by example. She wrote, "traditional authoritarian
governments are less repressive than revolutionary autocracies."
Kirkpatrick served on Reagan's Cabinet on the National Security
Council, Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Defense Policy Review
Board, and chaired the Secretary of Defense Commission on Fail Safe
and Risk reduction of the Nuclear Command and Control System. She
wrote a syndicated newspaper column after leaving government service
in 1985, specializing in analysis of the activities of the United
1 Early life
3 Ambassador to UN
3.1 Views on Israel
4 Political views
5 Later life
6 Personal life
8 Awards and honors
9 In popular culture
10 Books authored
11 See also
13 External links
She was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, the daughter of an oilfield
wildcatter, Welcher F. Jordan, and his wife, Leona (née Kile). She
attended Emerson Elementary School there and was known to her
classmates as "Duane Jordan." She had a younger sibling, Jerry. At 12,
her father moved the family to Mt. Vernon, Illinois, where she
graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School. In 1948, she graduated
Barnard College of
Columbia University after she received her
associate degree from
Stephens College (then only a two-year
institution) in Columbia, Missouri. In 1968, Kirkpatrick earned a PhD
in political science from Columbia.
She spent a year of postgraduate study at
Sciences Po at the
University of Paris, which helped her learn French. She was fluent in
Though she ultimately became a conservative, as a college freshman in
1945 she joined the Young People's
Socialist League, the youth wing of
Socialist Party of America, influenced by her grandfather who was
a founder of the Populist and
Socialist parties in Oklahoma. As
Kirkpatrick recalled at a symposium in 2002:
It wasn't easy to find the YPSL in Columbia, Missouri. But I had read
about it and I wanted to be one. We had a very limited number of
activities in Columbia, Missouri. We had an anti-Franco rally, which
was a worthy cause. You could raise a question about how relevant it
was likely to be in Columbia, Missouri, but it was in any case a
worthy cause. We also planned a socialist picnic, which we spent quite
a lot of time organizing. Eventually, I regret to say, the YPSL
chapter, after much discussion, many debates and some downright
quarrels, broke up over the socialist picnic. I thought that was
At Columbia University, her principal adviser was Franz Leopold
Neumann, a revisionist Marxist. In 1967, she joined the faculty of
Georgetown University and became a full professor of government in
1973. She became active in politics as a Democrat in the 1970s and was
involved in the later campaigns of former Vice President and
Democratic presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey. Along with
Humphrey, she was close to Henry Jackson, who ran for the Democratic
nomination for President in 1972 and in 1976.
She was opposed to the candidacy of George McGovern. In 1976, she
Richard V. Allen
Richard V. Allen and others to found the Committee on the
Present Danger for the purpose of warning Americans against the Soviet
Union's growing military power and the dangers of the SALT II
treaty. She also served on the Platform Committee for the
Democratic Party in 1976.
Kirkpatrick published a number of articles in political science
journals reflecting her disillusionment with the Democratic Party with
specific criticism of the foreign policy of Democratic President Jimmy
Carter. Her most well known piece was "Dictatorships and Double
Standards", published in Commentary in November 1979.
In that piece, Kirkpatrick mentioned what she saw as a difference
between authoritarian regimes and the totalitarian regimes such as the
Soviet Union; sometimes, it was necessary to work with authoritarian
regimes if it suited American purposes: "No idea holds greater sway
in the mind of educated Americans than the belief that it is possible
to democratize governments, anytime and anywhere, under any
circumstances ... Decades, if not centuries, are normally
required for people to acquire the necessary disciplines and habits.
In Britain, the road [to democratic government] took seven centuries
to traverse ... The speed with which armies collapse,
bureaucracies abdicate, and social structures dissolve once the
autocrat is removed frequently surprises American policymakers."
Jeane Kirkpatrick (center) with the other members of the Reagan
Kirkpatrick (left, in red) among the Reagan Cabinet, 1984
The piece came to the attention of
Ronald Reagan through his National
Security Adviser Richard V. Allen. Kirkpatrick then became a
foreign policy adviser throughout Reagan's 1980 campaign and
presidency and, after his election to the presidency, Ambassador to
the United Nations, which she held for four years. The Economist
writes that until then, "she had never spent time with a Republican
On the way to her first meeting with him, she told Allen, "Listen,
Dick, I am an
AFL-CIO Democrat and I am quite concerned that my
Ronald Reagan on any basis will be misunderstood." She
asked Reagan if he minded having a lifelong Democrat on his team; he
replied that he himself had been a Democrat until he was 51, and in
any event, he liked her way of thinking about American foreign
She was one of the strongest supporters of Argentina's military
dictatorship following the March 1982 Argentine invasion of the United
Kingdom's Falkland Islands, which triggered the Falklands War.
Kirkpatrick had a "soft spot" for Argentina's General Leopoldo
Galtieri and favored neutrality rather than the pro-British policy
favored by Secretary of State Alexander Haig. Kirkpatrick, who,
according to British UN Ambassador Sir Anthony Parsons, was very mixed
up with Latin American policy, even went as far as supporting the
Argentinian dictatorship by urging the Reagan Administration to act as
outlined as in the
Rio Pact of 1947, which stated that an attack
against one state in the hemisphere should be considered an attack
against them all.
Sir Nicholas Henderson allegedly characterized her
in a diplomatic cable as "more fool than fascist ... she appears
to be one of America's own-goal scorers, tactless, wrong-headed,
ineffective, and a dubious tribute to the academic profession to which
she [expresses] her allegiance." The Reagan administration
ultimately decided to declare support for the British, making her vote
United Nations Security Council
United Nations Security Council Resolution 502.
At the 1984 Republican National Convention, she delivered the "Blame
America First" keynote speech, which renominated Reagan by praising
his administration's foreign policy while excoriating the
leadership of what she called the "
San Francisco Democrats" (the
Democrats had just held their convention in San Francisco) for the
party's shift away from the policies of
Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman and John F.
Kennedy to a more strident antiwar position for which the left-wing of
the Democratic Party had pushed since the Vietnam War. It was the
first time since the 1952 speech from
Douglas MacArthur that a
non-party member had delivered the Republican Convention's keynote
Kirkpatrick, a member of the National Security Council, did not get
along with either Secretary of State Haig or his successor, George
Shultz. She disagreed with Shultz, most notably on the Iran-Contra
affair in which she supported skimming money off arms sales to fund
the Nicaraguan Contras while Shultz told Kirkpatrick that it would
be an "impeachable offense" to do so because of the massacres
perpetrated by that group. Shultz threatened to resign if
Kirkpatrick was appointed National Security Adviser. Kirkpatrick
was more closely allied with Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger
and head of the
William J. Casey
William J. Casey on the issue.
Noam Chomsky, for example, referred to her as the "Chief
sadist-in-residence of the Reagan Administration" and went on to
criticize what he called the hypocrisy of supporting brutal military
regimes that showed no respect for human rights or democracy while
claiming to be protecting the region from communism. Author Lars
Schoultz has argued that her policy was based on her belief that
"Latin Americans are pathologically violent" and goes on to criticize
that as a prejudice with no factual basis.
Ambassador to UN
Kirkpatrick with President
Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office.
Kirkpatrick said, "What takes place in the Security Council more
closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an
effort at problem-solving." Still, she finished her term with a
certain respect for the normative power of the
United Nations as the
"institution whose majorities claim the right to decide—for the
world—what is legitimate and what is illegitimate." She noted
that the United States had increasingly ignored that significance and
became increasingly isolated. That was problematic, because
"relative isolation in a body like the
United Nations is a sign of
impotence," especially given its ability to shape international
attitudes. She was ambassador to the UN during the September 1,
1983 Soviet shooting down of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, near Moneron
Island. It had carried 269 passengers and crew including a sitting
Larry McDonald (D-GA). She played before the Security
Council the audio of the electronic intercept of the interceptor pilot
during the attack, and the
Soviet Union could no longer deny its
responsibility for the shootdown.
Kirkpatrick was a Board Member of the American Foundation for
Resistance International and the National Council to Support the
Democracy Movements, intended to help bring down Soviet and East
European Communism. Along with Vladimir Bukovsky, Martin Colman and
Richard Perle, she worked to organize democratic revolutions against
According to Jay Nordlinger, on a visit with American dignitaries,
Soviet human rights activist
Andrei Sakharov said, "Kirkpatski,
Kirkpatski, which of you is Kirkpatski?" When others pointed to
Kirkpatrick, he said, "Your name is known in every cell in the Gulag"
because she had named Soviet political prisoners on the floor of the
UN. Kirkpatrick said she would serve only one term at the UN and
stepped down in April 1985.
Views on Israel
Kirkpatrick was a staunch supporter of Israel. During her
ambassadorship at the United Nations, she considered its frequent
criticism and condemnation of the Jewish state as holding
Israel to a
double standard, which she attributed to hostility and regarded as
politically motivated. In 1989, Mohammed Wahby, press director of
Egypt's Information Bureau, wrote to the Washington Post, "Jeane
Kirkpatrick has, somehow, consistently opposed any attempt to resolve
the Arab–Israeli conflict". However, in a 1989 op-ed, Kirkpatrick
warned Secretary of State
James Baker and Bush not to get involved in
the conflict because any intervention would fail.
Kirkpatrick frequently expressed disdain for what she perceived to be
disproportionate attention towards Israel's at the expense of others'
Anti-Defamation League President
Abraham Foxman issued a press release
upon her death: "She will be fondly remembered for her unwavering and
valiant support of the State of
Israel and her unequivocal opposition
to anti-Semitism, especially during her tenure at the United Nations.
She was always a true friend of the Jewish people."
Comparing authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, she said:
Authoritarian regimes really typically don't have complete command
Authoritarian regimes typically have some kind of
traditional economy with some private ownership. The Nazi regime left
ownership in private hands, but the state assumed control of the
economy. Control was separated from ownership but it was really a
command economy because it was controlled by the state. A command
economy is an attribute of a totalitarian state."
Explaining her disillusionment with international organizations,
especially the United Nations, she stated:
"As I watched the behavior of the nations of the U.N. (including our
own), I found no reasonable ground to expect any one of those
governments to transcend permanently their own national interests for
those of another country."
"I conclude that it is a fundamental mistake to think that salvation,
justice, or virtue come through merely human institutions."
Democracy not only requires equality but also an unshakable
conviction in the value of each person, who is then equal. Cross
cultural experience teaches us not simply that people have different
beliefs, but that people seek meaning and understand themselves in
some sense as members of a cosmos ruled by God."
Regarding socialism, she said:
"As I read the utopian socialists, the scientific socialists, the
German Social Democrats and revolutionary socialists—whatever I
could in either English or French—I came to the conclusion that
almost all of them, including my grandfather, were engaged in an
effort to change human nature. The more I thought about it, the more I
thought this was not likely to be a successful effort. So I turned my
attention more and more to political philosophy and less and less to
socialist activism of any kind."
In April 1985, Kirkpatrick became a Republican, a move which The
Economist called her "only recourse" after her speech at the 1984
Republican convention. She returned to teaching at Georgetown
University and became a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a
Washington D.C. think tank, and a contributor to the American Freedom
Journal. In 1993, she cofounded Empower America, a public-policy
organization. She was also on the advisory board of the National
Association of Scholars, a group that works against what it regards as
a liberal bias in universities in the United States, with its emphasis
on multicultural education, and affirmative action.
Kirkpatrick briefly considered running for President in 1988 against
George H. W. Bush, because she believed he was not tough enough on
Communism. Kirkpatrick endorsed Senator Robert Dole of Kansas,
who was the runner up to Bush. Despite a strong showing in the Iowa
caucuses, Dole's campaign quickly faded after he lost the New
Hampshire primary in February 1988. Kirkpatrick was an active
surrogate campaigner for Dole even as he was losing, as was her old
foe, Alexander Haig, who endorsed Dole after ending his own 1988
campaign several days before the New Hampshire primary.[citation
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
Islamist terrorist network" the day
after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. In 2003, she
headed the US delegation to the
United Nations Commission on Human
Rights. Kirkpatrick was appointed to the Board of Directors of IDT
Corp. in 2004. It was revealed after her death that in 2003, she
was sent as a US envoy, to meet an Arab delegation and attempt to
convince them to support the Iraq War; she was supposed to argue that
pre-emptive war was justifiable, but she knew that it would not work
and instead argued that
Saddam Hussein had consistently gone against
the UN. However she described
George W. Bush
George W. Bush as "a bit too
interventionist for my taste" and felt that what she described as
"moral imperialism" was not "taken seriously anywhere outside a few
places in Washington, DC."
On February 20, 1955, she married Evron Maurice Kirkpatrick, who was a
scholar and a former member of the O.S.S. (the World War II-era
predecessor of the CIA). Her husband died in 1995. They had three
sons: Douglas Jordan (1956–2006), John Evron, and Stuart Alan.
She had been diagnosed with heart disease and had been in failing
health for several years. Kirkpatrick died at her home in Bethesda,
Maryland, on December 7, 2006 from congestive heart failure. She
was interred at
Parklawn Memorial Park in Rockville, Maryland.
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Awards and honors
Kirkpatrick received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's
highest civilian honor. The
Kennedy School of Government
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
created a Kirkpatrick Chair in International Affairs in her honor.
She received an honorary doctorate degree from Universidad Francisco
Marroquín in 1985, she also received an honorary doctorate at
Central Connecticut State University in 1991.
She was awarded an honorary degree by
Brandeis University in 1994, but
declined it when her honor was met with protests from some professors
and students, whom she described as "ideological zealots". 53
professors opposed the award, with one[who?] stating: "We oppose the
degree because she was the intellectual architect of Reagan
administration policies that supported some of the Latin-American
regimes with the most repressive records."
In 1995 she received the Walter Judd Freedom Award from The Fund for
American Studies. In 2007, the Conservative Political Action
Conference (CPAC) honored Kirkpatrick with the creation of the Jeane
Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award. The first recipient was Marine
Corps reservist and correspondent Matt Sanchez. Kirkpatrick was
inducted into the
Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame in 1984.
In popular culture
Kirkpatrick was portrayed by
Lorelei King in the 2002
of Ian Curteis's The Falklands Play.
In Berkeley Breathed's daily comic strip Bloom County, Kirkpatrick
becomes former Meadow Party Presidential candidate Bill the Cat's love
interest before he is exposed as using that relationship to perform
espionage for the Soviet Union.
A play written by Louis Nevaer, Reagan's Athena, about her tenure as
ambassador to the U.N. premiered at the Fringe in New York in August
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International Regulation: New Rules in a Changing World Order, 1988
Legitimacy and Force: Political and Moral Dimensions, 1988
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The United States and the World: Setting Limits, 1986
The Reagan Doctrine and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1985
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Dictatorships and Double Standards: Rationalism and Reason in
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Presidential Nominating Process: Can It Be Improved, 1980
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The New Presidential Elite: Men and Women in National Politics, 1976
Political Woman, 1974 (ISBN 0-465-05970-8), the first major study
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