Miller Center

Richard Allen

Speaker: Richard Allen
Date: May 28, 2002

Richard Allen discusses his experiences as a major figure in the Republican Party's foreign policy apparatus over the past forty years. The first third of the interview focuses solely on Allen's work on Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign and his service in the National Security Council. He then describes his role in the 1976 presidential election, his decision to form the Committee on the Present Danger, and his service as Reagan's chief foreign policy advisor from 1977 through the 1980 election. Allen evaluates his tenure as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs for the first year of the Reagan administration, and the major events occurring during this time, including the assassination attempt, the sale of the AWACs weapons system to Saudi Arabia, the decision to lift the grain embargo against the Soviet Union, and relations with the nation' European allies.