Henry Kissinger

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Henry Alfred Kissinger (born May 27, 1923) is a German-born American-Jewish political scientist, diplomat, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

A proponent of Realpolitik, Kissinger played a dominant role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union, orchestrated the opening of relations with China, and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War. His role in the bombing of Cambodia, the Vietnam War, and other American interventions abroad during this period remains controversial. One example is the 1973 Chilean coup d'état and more generally various claimed anti-Communist actions in Latin America.

In 2006, it was reported in the book State of Denial by Bob Woodward that Kissinger met regularly with President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to offer advice on the Iraq War.

Kissinger has helped to frame the Obama administration policies.[1]

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