Jeane Kirkpatrick (November 19, 1926 – December 6, 2006) is an American Conservative political scientist. After serving as Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy adviser in his 1980 campaign, she was nominated as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and was the first woman to hold this position. An ardent anticommunist, she is famous for her Kirkpatrick Doctrine, which advocates U.S. support of anticommunist governments around the world, including authoritarian dictatorships.
Note from Kevin Whited (bloghouston.net): Actually, she was one of the original neoconservatives. Back when the term still had meaning, it referred to the group of intellectuals and policymakers who broke from the Democratic party in the 1970s (roughly), mainly over foreign policy. Kirkpatrick, Norman Podhoretz, and Irving Kristol were some of the biggies in that group.