Henry Kissinger, a pivotal figure in American foreign policy for over 50 years, has passed away at 100. He passed away at his Connecticut home on Wednesday, as announced by Kissinger Associates, Inc. The cause of death was not specified.
Kissinger, who served as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Presidents Nixon and Ford, was instrumental in shaping relations with the Soviet Union, China, and key Arab nations. He was also known for his involvement in controversial policies, such as extensive bombing in Southeast Asia and overlooking human rights violations by U.S.-aligned governments. His influence on U.S. foreign policy remained significant long after his tenure in office.
Richard Haass, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, noted Kissinger’s unique blend of scholarship and practice in statecraft. A refugee from Nazi Germany, Kissinger’s distinctive German accent and authoritative voice made him a notable figure in global affairs.
David Rothkopf, a former managing director at Kissinger’s firm, remembered Kissinger’s celebrity-like presence in public. Despite varied opinions about him, Kissinger drew attention wherever he went.
Renowned globally, Kissinger received accolades worldwide, including in Germany, where he and his family fled from in 1938.
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