Henry Alfred Kissinger (1923) was an important American politician and diplomat, National Security Advisor to the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He was a Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938, became a National Security Advisor in 1969 and a Secretary of State of the United States in 1973.
Kissinger played a prominent role in the foreign policy of the United States between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he pioneered foreign policy with the Soviet Union, orchestrated the opening of relations with the People's Republic of China, participated in what came to be known as ferry diplomacy in the Middle East to put an end to the Yom Kippur war, and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American participation in the Vietnam war. In fact, for his actions to negotiate a ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize in somewhat controversial circumstances, with two members of the Committee resigning as protest.
Kissinger has also been associated with other controversial policies such as the participation of the United States in a military coup in Chile, a green light for the Argentine military junta for its Dirty War, and US support for Pakistan during the War of Bangladesh despite the genocide perpetrated by its allies.
After leaving the government, he formed Kissinger Associates, an international geopolitical consulting firm. Kissinger has been a prolific author of books on diplomatic history and international relations with more than a dozen author books.
It remains a controversial figure in American history. Some journalists, political activists and human rights lawyers have condemned Kissinger as a war criminal. However, according to a survey conducted in 2014 by the magazine Foreign policy, 32.21% of the best international relations academics in the United States considered Henry Kissinger the most effective US secretary of state. UU. since 1965
Famous quotes by Henry Kissinger
We live in a wonderful time, in which the strong is weak because of his scruples and the weak is strengthened due to his audacity.
No one will ever win the battle of the sexes. There is too much fraternization with the enemy.
Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.
It is not about what is true that counts, but about what is perceived as true.
Because complexity inhibits flexibility, early choices are especially crucial.
Each success only buys an admission ticket for a more difficult problem.
There cannot be a crisis next week, my agenda is already full.
The United States has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.
Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
The good thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people, they think it's their fault.
The absence of alternatives clears the mind wonderfully.
Politicians are like dogs ... Their life expectancy is too short for a commitment to be bearable
History knows no resting places.
The covert action should not be confused with the missionary's work.
The issues are too important to be left to the voters.
A country that demands moral perfection in its foreign policy will not achieve neither perfection nor security.
In international affairs, a reputation for reliability is a more important asset than demonstrations of tactical intelligence.
History is the memory of states.
Intellectuals analyze the operations of international systems; statesmen build them.
The facts are rarely explained by themselves; Its importance, analysis and interpretation, at least in the world of foreign policy, depend on context and relevance.
In the end, peace can only be achieved through hegemony or balance of power.
Americans tend to believe that when there is a problem there must be a solution.
Power without legitimacy tempts tests of strength; Legitimacy without power tempts empty positions.
For most of humanity and the oldest periods in history, the empire has been the typical mode of government.
A leader does not deserve the name unless he is occasionally willing to be alone.
Postcolonial countries All have tried to overcome the legacy of the colonial.
We do the illegal immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little more time.
It is not often that nations learn from the past, and even more rare that they draw the right conclusions.
The leader's task is to take his people from where he is where they have not been.
Don't be too ambitious. Do the most important thing you can think of doing each year and then your career will take care of itself.
Behind the slogans is an intellectual void.
When statesmen want to save time, they offer to talk.
Poor old Germany. Too big for Europe, too small for the world.
In his essay, 'Perpetual peace', the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, argued that perpetual peace would eventually come to the world in one of two ways, through human insight or by conflicts and catastrophes of a magnitude that did not leave humanity another option. We are at a juncture.
From Peter the Great, Russia had expanded at a rate of one Belgium per year.
History teaches by analogy, shedding light on the possible consequences of similar situations.
The state is a fragile organization, and the statesman does not have the moral right to risk his survival with ethical restraint.
Blessed are the people whose leaders can look fate in the eyes without being unchanged, but also without trying to play God
It is one of the ironies of history that communism, announced as a classless society, tended to engender a privileged class of feudal proportions.
For Roosevelt, if a nation could not or would not act to defend its own interests, it could not expect others to respect them. Inevitably.
Order without freedom, even if it is sustained by a momentary exaltation, eventually creates its own counterweight; however, freedom cannot be guaranteed or sustained without a framework of order to maintain peace.
A turbulent history has taught Chinese leaders that not all problems have a solution and that too much emphasis on total dominance over specific events could alter the harmony of the universe.
A diamond is just a piece of coal that withstood extraordinary pressure.
I am being frank with myself in this book. I count my first mistake on page 850.
The reason why universal politics is so cruel is because the stakes are so small.
The military is just stupid and dumb animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.
In Washington ... the emergence of power is, therefore, almost as important as its reality. In fact, appearance is often your essential reality.
The negotiating position of the winner always decreases over time. Everything that is not required during the impact of the defeat becomes increasingly difficult to achieve later.
It is a pity that both parties cannot lose (commenting on the war between Iran and Iraq, 1980 - 1988)
I want to thank you for stopping the applause. It is impossible for me to seem humble for a long period of time.
Will emerging Europe become an active participant in the construction of a new international order, or will it be consumed in its own internal problems?