Henry A. Kissinger was US Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977 and is the founding Chairman of the international consulting company Kissinger Associates. Dr. Kissinger was born in Fürth, Germany, and was naturalized as a US citizen in 1943. He served in the army from 1943 to 1946. In 1959, he graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, where he received his MA and PhD degrees in 1952 and 1954. He was subsequently a professor at the School of Government and the Center for International Affairs, both at Harvard University, until 1969. Thereupon he served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from 1969 until 1975. In July 1983 he was appointed by President Reagan to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America until it ceased operation in January 1985, and from 1984 to 1990 he served as a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. From 1986 to 1988 he was a member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department. He is currently a member of the Defense Policy Board. Dr. Kissinger is Honorary Chairman of The American Academy in Berlin.
At present, Dr. Kissinger is also founding Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. He has authored numerous books on international politics and foreign policy, most recently Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises (Simon & Schuster, 2003). Among the multiple awards Dr. Kissinger has received are the Nobel Peace Prize (1973); the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977); and the Medal of Liberty (1986). He has also published numerous articles on US foreign policy, international affairs, and diplomatic history. His column, syndicated by Tribune Media Services International, appears in leading US newspapers and in over 40 foreign countries.
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