Mrs. Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick was appointed United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. She held this position until 1985. This appointment made Mrs. Kirkpatrick the first woman to serve as chief United States representative at the United Nations.
During her time at the United Nations, Mrs. Kirkpatrick also served as a member of President Reagan's Cabinet. Her roles included participation in the National Security Council, Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and Defense Policy Review Board. In 1986, Mrs. Kirkpatrick returned to academia, resuming her position as a professor at Georgetown University.
In this interview, conducted on 13 November 1990, Mrs. Kirkpatrick discussed the nomination and election of Javier Pérez de Cuéllar as Secretary-General. She also spoke on United States involvement in the Falklands War and the role of the United Nations. Furthermore, Mrs. Kirkpatrick used this interview to clarify some of her views on the Falklands War, which she felt had been misconstrued in the past.