Henry A. Kissinger

Speeches and Public Statements

Eulogy For Senator John McCain

September 1, 2018

Our country has had the good fortune that, at times of national trial, a few great personalities have emerged to remind us of our essential unity and inspire us to fulfil our sustaining values. John McCain was one of those gifts of destiny.

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Remarks Upon Receipt of The Alexis de Tocqueville Prize

June 14, 2018

I am deeply touched to be introduced by my friend Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who served as French President when I had the honor of conducting the foreign policy of the United States.

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Opening Statement By Dr. Henry A. Kissinger before The Senate Armed Services Committee

January 25, 2018

Thank you for the honor of appearing before this Committee. You have asked me to comment on the international challenges facing the United States and “what from the standpoint of national strategy” we can do to best position ourselves “to succeed” in this “competitive global environment.”

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Remarks to the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Security

June 27, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in an occasion commemorating one of the most significant leaders of our period.

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The USA and World Peace after the Presidential Election

December 11, 2016

I am honored to have been invited to participate in this first Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

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Edward Heath International Lecture

October 24, 2016

When the Tories unexpectedly won the 1970 election, Richard Nixon was so elated that he called nearly every hour to update me on the status of the returns.

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Eulogy for Helmut Schmidt

November 23, 2015

In 2012, in a letter to Helmut Schmidt acknowledging an article he had sent me, I wrote: “Our long friendship is one of the pillars of my life.” We had cooperated closely over six decades: when we were both in government; even more frequently after we both left office; and exchanged ideas at conferences all over the world.

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Opening Statement by Dr. Henry A. Kissinger before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services at a hearing convened to discuss “Global Challenges and U.S. National Security Strategy”

January 29, 2015

The United States finds itself in a paradoxical situation. By any standard of national capacity, we are in a position to achieve our objectives and to shape international affairs.

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The Limits of Universalism

April 26, 2012

I’d like to thank Roger Kimball for that generous introduction. Our friendship by now spans the decades since we met at Bill Buckley’s house.

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Remarks at the Presentation of the American Academy in Berlin 2012 Henry A. Kissinger Prize to George Shultz

May 24, 2012

It is a moving occasion to share this platform with two men who have been an inspiration to me for most of my political life.

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Statement from Dr. Kissinger regarding security pat-down at LaGuardia Airport on May 11, 2012

May 15, 2012

Dr. Kissinger wants to make clear that it is not unusual for him to be patted down during security screening at the airport.

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Remarks on behalf of the American Delegation to the Third Annual U.S. - China Track II Dialogue

January 16, 2012

On behalf of the American delegation, thank you for this warm welcome, for your gracious words, and for the tremendous hospitality shown to our delegation. Hospitality was a striking attribute of China during President Nixon’s visit forty years ago.

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Remarks Upon Acceptance Of Lifetime Achievement Award VDZ Publisher's Night

November 17, 2011

As I was sitting next to the German President, I was thinking how much it would have meant to my parents to be here. It is difficult to believe that 75 years have passed since my family left this country, which has never ceased being part of our lives.

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Remarks at Unveiling of Statue of Gerald R. Ford

May 3, 2011

Providence smiled on America when Gerald Ford was sworn in as the 38th President. The Vietnam war had divided the country. Watergate had demoralized the Executive Branch.

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International Institute For Strategic Studies Global Strategic Review Speech

September 10, 2010

Thirty-four years ago, I had the honor of delivering the first Alastair Buchan Memorial Lecture for the IISS. Alastair had been a friend, an occasional critic and a permanent inspiration. The annual conference opening today is a tribute to his vision.

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Statement of Dr. Henry A. Kissinger Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee On the New Start Treaty

May 25, 2010

Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Lugar. It is a pleasure to meet again with this Committee, whose membership has substantially turned over since I last testified before it.

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The Future Role of the IEA

October 14, 2009

I am grateful for the opportunity to join you this evening, particularly to commemorate this auspicious occasion — the 35th anniversary of the establishment of International Energy Agency. Feeling like its father, I take special pride in being here.

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The Intellectual Underpinnings of the Trilateral Partnership in the 21st Century

April 26, 2009

When the Trilateral Commission was started in 1974, the world was essentially bipolar. The idea of David Rockefeller and his colleagues was to bring Japan into a dialogue with what was then the center of global thinking and power, namely, the North Atlantic area.

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Introduction of President Nicolas Sarkozy at Appeal of Conscience Foundation Annual Awards Dinner

September 23, 2008

The mark of a statesman is the determination to change the course of events, not just to describe them, and not simply to explain them.” President Nicolas Sarkozy has surely lived up to his own depiction of the qualities of a statesman, put forward in August 2007.

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Remarks at Presentation of First American Academy in Berlin Kissinger Award to Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt

Munich, Germany - June 7, 2007

One of the few disagreements between Helmut Schmidt and me concerns how we met. We both agree that it occurred fifty years ago in 1957. He has claimed that our first encounter was at a conference at Harvard University where we argued about nuclear strategy. I have been convinced that our paths crossed a few months earlier in Hamburg, when he was introduced to me as a promising young political leader. I like to think that the difference of opinion arose from the pride we have felt in our relationship: each of us has wanted to take credit for having discovered the other.

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Current International Trends and World Peace

Vatican City - April 28, 2007

I have been a policymaker, and I have been a professor and I have therefore experienced the different perspectives from which to view international affairs. As a professor, I could choose my subjects, and I could work on them for as long as I chose. As a policymaker, I was always pressed for time, and I had to make decisions in a finite time frame.

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US Naval Academy Forrestal Lecture

Annapolis, Maryland - April 11, 2007

I want you to know how inspiring it is for me to come to this institution and to see the men and women dedicating their careers to service of our country. I live in New York, where people know what's wrong with the country but not where the country ought to go. And so, I'm very grateful to the Naval Academy to give me this opportunity to talk to you.

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Remarks Upon Receiving Baden-Württemberg Verdienstmedaille

Stuttgart, Germany - March 19, 2007

Mr. Minister President, Distinguished Guests, it means a great deal to me to receive this award from the Ministerpräsident of a state with which I have had a warm relationship for many decades and at the hand of a governmental leader whose activities and pronouncements I have followed with great respect. Mr. Ministerpräsident, I shall remember your thoughtful and eloquent speech on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of James Byrnes's seminal speech in Stuttgart as well as the warm hospitality you extended to me then.

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Does the West Still Exist? America and Europe Moving Towards 2020

Washington, D.C. - February 23, 2007

Dr. Kissinger, ambassadors.It is a great pleasure to have Dr. Kissinger with us at lunchtime today. You may know the story about Woody Allen, who said that he'd just done a speed reading course and had read War and Peace in fifteen minutes. It's about Russia he says. I think there's a similar danger of ridiculous simplification. And if one tries to summarize Dr. Kissinger's career and achievements.so I won't even begin to try to do that. But I just want to say three things extremely briefly. First of all I'd like to thank Dr. Kissinger for being here when there are so many demands on his time and intelligence. And secondly, we all know that Dr. Kissinger is one of those rare human beings who has not only made history but written extremely good history as well. And I'm sure many things that I shared with the former French foreign minister is that we both thought that your book on diplomacy was the best thing one could conceivably read on the subject. And thirdly, we're very pleased that you're here because as we've been discussing for the last day and half, we face an incredibly complex geopolitical situation in which a lot of old truths seem to be challenged and which is difficult to divide in a Manichean way into good and evil. Maybe we're back to balance of power politics in a post-Westphalian world. Who could tell us better how to handle those problems that you? So thank you very much for being with us and perhaps I can invite you to address us as some of us finish scoffing the pudding. Dr Kissinger.

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