Kirkpatrick wrote a magazine article proposing
changes in United States human rights policy.
This article caught the attention of Governor
of California Ronald Reagan, who was at the time considering
a second bid for the Presidency. Two years later, Reagan was
sworn in as President of the United States and appointed
Kirkpatrick as the country's first female ambassador to the
United Nations. President Reagan called her "a giant among
the diplomats of the world."
Kirkpatrick has had a remarkable career outside of the United
Nations. She is the author of four books: Good Intentions (1996), The
Withering Away of the Totalitarian Estate . . . and Other Surprises (1991),
The Reagan Phenomenon and Other Speeches in Foreign Policy (1983), and Legitimacy and Force: National and International Dimensions (1987). She is a
regular contributor of op-ed articles in newspapers and journals
including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The
Washington Post. She has served as a member of both the Defense
Policy Review Board and the President's Foreign Intelligence
Advisory Board. She has received the Medal of Freedom, the
highest civilian honor in the United States, as well as presidential
medals from the Czech Republic and Hungary. She recently
became the 50th recipient of the Friend of Zion Award from
the Prime Minister of Israel.
Kirkpatrick is currently the Leavey Professor of Government
at Georgetown University and testifies yearly before committees
of the Senate and House of Representatives on national and
international defense policies.
As a discerning scholar, political scientist, and advocate for
America's foreign policy, Dr. Kirkpatrick is one of the modern
era's experts on geopolitical issues. Her lecture at the Athenaeum
is sponsored bv the Res Publica Society of CMC.