RICHARD V. ALLEN
Richard V. Allen is an international business consultant in Washington, D.C.,
and Senior Counselor to APCO Worldwide, Washington. He is a Senior Fellow at the
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University (1966- present),
and is a Member of the Advisory Board, Center for Strategic & International Studies,
Washington; a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Intercollegiate Studies Institute;
a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a Member of the Advisory Board, The
Nixon Center, Washington; an Honorary Fellow in Politics at The University of Otago,
New Zealand; and Co-Chair of The US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
From 2001-2007, he was a Member of the Defense Policy Board, Department of Defense,
which advises the U. S. Secretary of Defense.
During the first year of the Reagan Administration he served as Assistant to the
President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) and was Mr. Reagan's
Chief Foreign Policy Advisor from 1977 to 1980. He was Deputy Assistant to the
President of the United States and Deputy Executive Director of the Council on
International Economic Policy, The White House, (1971-72). In 1968 he was Chief
Foreign Policy Coordinator for the campaign of Richard Nixon, and was appointed by the
President as Senior Staff member of the National Security Council.
He served as Senior Counselor for Foreign Policy and National Security, The
Republican National Committee; was a founding Member of the Committee on the
Present Danger, Chairman of the International Cooperation Fund and Vice Chairman of
the International Democratic Union (IDU). He has been Distinguished Fellow at the
Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.) and Founding Chairman of its Asian Studies
Center; a member of the Advisory Council of the National Republican Institute for
International Affairs; a founding member of the United States National Committee for
Pacific Basin Economic Cooperation; served as a Member of the Board of Governors of
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation; a Member of President George Bush’s Task
Force on U.S. Government International Broadcasting; a Member of the Congressional
Policy Advisory Board; and a Member of the National Security Advisory Group, which
advised the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader.
Mr. Allen was Chairman of the President’s German-American Tricentennial
Foundation and a member of the President's Commission on International Trade and
Investment Policy (The Williams Commission).
Prior to his initial government service, he was a Senior Staff Member at the
Hoover Institution, Stanford University and the Center for Strategic and International
Studies (CSIS), then affiliated with Georgetown University.
Mr. Allen holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Notre Dame, and
studied at the Universities of Freiburg and Munich in Germany. He has received
honorary doctorates from Pepperdine University, Hanover University and Korea
He was Senior Policy Advisor to the 1976, 1980, and 1984 Republican Platform
Committees, and directed the International Cooperation Fund's 1984 and 1988 political
convention activities. He has been a member of the Republican National Committee's
Advisory Council on National Security and International Affairs, as well as Chairman of
its Subcommittee on Intelligence.
Mr. Allen has published numerous books and articles including National
Security: Political, Military and Economic Strategies in the Decade Ahead (1963); East-
West Trade: Its Strategic Implications (1964); Peace or Peaceful Coexistence? (1966);
Democracy and Communism: Theory and Action (1967); The Yearbook on International
Communist Affairs (1969); and other policy writings appearing in national and
international newspapers, journals and national magazines. His major areas of interest
include national security and foreign policy, trans-Atlantic relations, Asia, international
trade and economic policy.
He is a frequent commentator and panelist on national network public policy
programs in this country and abroad, and lectures widely at academic and civic
institutions and events.
He was awarded the Knight Commander's Cross (Grosseverdienstkreuz) with
Badge and the Star of Merit by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany; the
Order of Diplomatic Merit by the President of the Republic of Korea; and the Order of
Brilliant Star by the President of the Republic of China. He was also awarded the Reagan
Revolution Medal of Honor (1987).
He and his wife, Patricia Mason Allen, have seven children and twenty-two
grandchildren. They live in Denver, Colorado and The Gibbston Valley near
Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand. His office is in Washington, DC.