Connecticut, 30 November 2023 (TDI): Henry Kissinger, the prominent figure renowned for his influential role in shaping US foreign policy during the Cold War era, has passed away at the age of 100.
The German-born diplomat, who served as America’s top diplomat and national security adviser during the Nixon and Ford administrations, breathed his last at his residence in Connecticut.
Kissinger’s legacy spans decades, extending far beyond his tenure in office, as he continued to be a sought-after consultant for world leaders across generations. His consultancy firm, Kissinger Associates, confirmed his passing on Wednesday night, without disclosing the cause of death.
Former US President George W Bush led the tributes, stating, “The US has lost one of the most dependable and distinctive voices on foreign affairs.”
Reflecting on his impact, President Richard Nixon’s daughters, Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, lauded Kissinger’s uniquely American life story and character, highlighting his enduring influence on global peace efforts.
Born in Germany in 1923, Kissinger immigrated to the United States in 1938, fleeing the Nazi regime. His Bavarian roots remained embedded in his accent, despite becoming a naturalized US citizen in 1943.
His commitment to the nation saw him serve in the US Army and later in the Counter Intelligence Corps, following which he pursued academic excellence, teaching international relations at Harvard after earning multiple degrees.
Appointed as national security adviser by President Nixon in 1969, Kissinger wielded significant influence over US foreign policy.
His tenure witnessed pivotal moments, including the conclusion of US involvement in the Vietnam War, the historic opening of diplomatic relations with China, and his instrumental role in brokering peace during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, employing innovative shuttle diplomacy techniques.
Henry Kissinger’s passing marks the end of an era defined by diplomatic prowess and statesmanship. His impact on global affairs and dedication to peace will be remembered for generations to come.