A candidate for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination, Keyes is the author of Masters of the Dream: The Strength and Betrayal of Black America. A public speaker on national and foreign policy issues, he is also an educator and host of a nationally syndicated call-in radio talk show.
During Ronald Reagan's presidency, Keyes was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and later served as assistant secretary of state for international organizations. Following government service he was President of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and founder of CAGW's National Taxpayers' Action Day. He also served as Interim President of Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama, and was nominated twice for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.
Keyes received undergraduate and doctoral degrees in government affairs from Harvard. He has appeared on ABC's "Nightline"; NBC's "Today Show"; "CBS Morning News"; PBS' "MacNeil-Lehrer Report"; CNN's "Larry King Live; and many others.