Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger

Formal First Name
1923 - 2023

Dr. Henry Kissinger was the 56th Secretary of State, a respected American scholar and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate world-renowned for his unparalleled skills in the art of diplomacy. Dr. Kissinger was a political scientist, diplomat, and geopolitical consultant who has had a vital presence in international and national politics. He was one of the most influential foreign policy and national security practitioners of the post-World War II era and remained active in national security for more than 70 years. As the architect of a lasting era of peace, stability, prosperity and global order, he made a substantial impact on generations of citizens, from the U.S. to Europe and China. He was one of America's great statesmen and was regularly consulted by American presidents of both political parties and scores of foreign leaders after he finished government service in 1977. Most recently, Dr. Kissinger focused his attention on the implications of artificial intelligence. He was a frequent guest with the media and on panel discussions, writing, and traveling abroad. He also served as the Chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm, and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He died November 29, 2023. He was 100.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • A prolific author, Dr. Kissinger has written many books and articles on United States foreign policy, international affairs, and diplomatic history

  • He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the Vietnam war's Paris accords, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty. In addition to his diplomatic achievements with China, the Soviet Union, and the Middle East, he led negotiations that brought about a cease-fire agreement to the Vietnam war

  • He also consulted with the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations on national security issues.


  • After he became an American citizen in 1943, Dr. Kissinger served in the 84th Army Division from 1943 to 1946. 

  • He was awarded the Bronze Star for his "meritorious service." 

  • Dr. Kissinger subsequently served in the Counter Intelligence Corps in occupied Germany. He was in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1959.


  • 2016 Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award

  • 1986 Medal of Liberty

  • 1977 Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • 1973 Nobel Peace Prize

  • 1973 American Institute for Public Service Award

  • 1973 International Platform Association Theodore Roosevelt Award

  • 1945 Bronze Star from the U.S. Army


  • Department of State (1965-68)

  • United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1961-68)

  • Rand Corporation (1961-68)

  • National Security Council (1961-62)

  • Weapons Systems Evaluation Group of the joint Chiefs of Staff (1959-60)

  • Operations Coordinating Board (1955)

  • Director of the Psychological Strategy Board (1952)

  • Operations Research Office (1951)

  • Chairman of the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America (1983-84)


  • Dr. Kissinger had appeared as a guest and speaker in various media outlets and publications.

  • He appeared as a guest on Real Vision.