(1926–2006) US educator and public official; full name Jeane Duane Jordan Kirkpatrick. A Democrat who switched to the Republican party in 1985, she served as US ambassador to the United Nations 1981–85 before returning to her teaching position at Georgetown University. She wrote Political Woman (1974) and The Withering Away of the Totalitarian State (1990).
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