Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger Dies at 100
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Key Details: Kissinger, a German-born academic, author, and statesman, was regarded as a central figure in U.S. foreign policy in the latter half of the 20th century. He was a joint Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1973 for ending U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, though his Cold War policies made him a controversial figure. Kissinger advocated "realpolitik", which is the idea of foreign policy being based on political considerations or practical objectives rather than on ideas or morality.
Key Quote: “Henry Kissinger…literally wrote the book on diplomacy,” said John Kerry in 2014, when he was Secretary of State. Kissinger “gave us the vocabulary of modern diplomacy, the very words ‘shuttle diplomacy’ and ‘strategic patience.’”
For Context: Kissinger's legacy as a powerful Secretary of State still resonates in relations with Russia, China and the Middle East. He began detente in Russia, helped open up relations with China, and assisted Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
How the Media Covered it: Kissinger's death was widely reported across the political spectrum, with many sources framing Kissinger as one of the most influential and polarizing diplomats in U.S. history. Left-rated outlets tended to frame Kissinger more negatively than right-rated sources did.
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From the RightHenry Kissinger dead at 100: Nixon secretary of state and giant of US diplomacy dies
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, one of the most influential statesmen of the 20th century, has died at age 100.
Kissinger served as secretary of state under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford from 1969 to 1977. While in the position, he played a central role in opening up relations with China, beginning detente with the Soviet Union, ending the war in Vietnam, assisting Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, navigating through the OPEC oil embargo, and assisting authoritarian regimes in crushing communist movements worldwide.
Kissinger died at his home in Connecticut, according to Reuters....
From the CenterHenry Kissinger, Who Helped Forge U.S. Foreign Policy During Vietnam and Cold Wars, Dies at 100
Former presidential adviser Henry Kissinger has died, according to a statement posted on his website, bringing to a close one of the most polarizing and influential diplomatic lives in U.S. history.
He died Wednesday at his home in Connecticut, said a statement by his consulting firm. He was 100 years old.
The German-born academic was the only American official ever to concurrently serve as secretary of state and White House national security adviser, giving him immense power during the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford presidencies. That helped him end the U.S. war in Vietnam and to shape...