Former US Secretary of State and Nobel laureate, Henry Kissinger, who played a pivotal role in shaping America’s foreign policy during the presidency of Richard Nixon, has passed away at the age of 100. Kissinger, known for his influential contributions from the Vietnam War to crucial talks with China, breathed his last at his Connecticut residence, as reported by his organization, ‘Kissinger Associates Inc.’ The cause of death has not been officially disclosed.
Henry Kissinger held the distinctive position of serving as both Secretary of the Interior and National Security Advisor under President Nixon in the late 1960s. His tenure saw significant diplomatic achievements, including the Paris Peace Agreement with North Vietnam, efforts to improve relations between Israel and Arab nations, arms embargo talks with Russia, and the establishment of strategic ties with China. However, Kissinger’s policies, particularly regarding the Vietnam War and US actions in Cambodia, faced criticism and accusations of human rights violations.
In 1968, the Nixon government, led by Kissinger, received substantial backlash for its stance on the Vietnam War and Cambodia policies, leading to increased tensions in South-Central Asia and strengthening the Khmer Rouge’s foothold in Cambodia, as reported by the Washington Post.
Kissinger’s role during the Vietnam War earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, shared with North Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho for negotiating a ceasefire. While Kissinger accepted the award with honor, Tho declined. The controversy surrounding Kissinger’s selection led to two members of the Nobel Prize Selection Committee renouncing their membership.
Henry Kissinger’s legacy is marked by his complex and impactful contributions to global diplomacy, leaving an indelible mark on the history of international relations.