12 Facts About Henry Kissinger


Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat and political scientist.

Political science is a social science discipline that deals with systems of government, and the analysis of political activities, political thoughts and political behaviour.

A diplomat is a person appointed by a state to conduct diplomacy with one or more other states or international organisations.

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He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as United States Secretary of State in the administrations of presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

The Secretary of State is a senior official of the federal government of the United States of America heading the U.S. Department of State, principally concerned with foreign policy and is considered to be the U.S. government's equivalent of a Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States who served from 1969 to 1974, when he became the only U.S. president to resign the office.

The title secretary of state or state secretary is commonly used for senior or mid-level posts in governments around the world.

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For his actions negotiating the ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances, with two members of the committee resigning in protest.

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes created by the Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel, along with the prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature.

A ceasefire, also called cease fire, is a temporary stoppage of a war in which each side agrees with the other to suspend aggressive actions.


Kissinger later sought, unsuccessfully, to return the prize.


After his term, his advice has been sought by world leaders including subsequent U.S. presidents.


A proponent of Realpolitik, Kissinger played a prominent role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977.

The foreign policy of the United States is the way in which it interacts with foreign nations and sets standards of interaction for its organizations, corporations and individual citizens.

Realpolitik is politics or diplomacy based primarily on considerations of given circumstances and factors, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral and ethical premises.


During this period, he pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union, orchestrated the opening of relations with the People's Republic of China, and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and known in Vietnam as Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

The Paris Peace Accords, officially titled the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam, was a peace treaty signed on January 27, 1973 to establish peace in Vietnam and end the Vietnam War.

The Soviet Union, officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, abbreviated to USSR, was a socialist state on the Eurasian continent that existed from 1922 to 1991.


Kissinger's Realpolitik resulted in controversial policies such as CIA involvement in Chile and U.S. support for Pakistan, despite its genocidal actions during the Bangladesh War.


He is the founder and chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm.

Kissinger Associates, Inc., founded in 1982, is a New York City-based international consulting firm, founded and run by Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft.

A consulting firm is a business of one or more experts that provides professional advice to an individual or an organization for a fee.


Kissinger has been a prolific author of books on politics and international relations with over one dozen books authored.


General opinion of Henry Kissinger is strongly divided in the Western world.

The Western world or the West is a term usually referring to different nations, depending on the context, most often including at least part of Europe.


Several scholars have ranked him as the most effective U.S. Secretary of State since 1965, while some journalists, activists, and human rights lawyers have condemned him as a war criminal.

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