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, 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; a Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, Brussels. He is also a Member of the United States Defense Policy Board, Department of Defense, and is Honorary Fellow in the Department of Politics at the Universityof Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
He served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) during the first year of the Reagan Administration, and from 1977 to 1980 was Mr. Reagan's Chief Foreign Policy Advisor. He was appointed by President Nixon as 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 Principal Associate in the National Security Council.
He served as Senior Counselor for Foreign Policy and National Security, The Republican National Committee; a founding Member of the Committee on the Present Danger; was 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 on German Emigration to America 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 a founding senior staff member of 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 College and Korea University.
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 newspapers, journals and national magazines, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly and many German and other international media.
He is a frequent commentator and panelist on national network public policy programs, and lectures widely in academic and civic institutions and events.
He has been 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 sixteen grandchildren, and live in Denver, Colorado and The Gibbston Valley near Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand.