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Henry Kissinger, a pivotal figure in U.S. diplomacy, passed away at his Connecticut residence at the age of 100, as confirmed by his geopolitical consulting firm, Kissinger Associates Inc. The circumstances of his death were not disclosed.


His private family interment will precede a later public memorial service in New York City.


Kissinger remained active well beyond his centennial year, participating in White House meetings, authoring a book on leadership, and addressing the Senate on North Korea's nuclear threat. In an unexpected move in July 2023, he visited Beijing to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.


Amid the Cold War in the 1970s, his tenure as national security adviser and secretary of state during Richard Nixon's presidency saw his involvement in pivotal global events. He was instrumental in pivotal diplomatic breakthroughs, including the U.S. opening to China, significant arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union, advancements in Israeli-Arab relations, and the Paris Peace Accords with North Vietnam.


Although Nixon's resignation amid the Watergate scandal reduced Kissinger's dominance in shaping U.S. foreign policy, he remained a force as Secretary of State under Gerald Ford. However, his tenure was contentious, drawing both admiration for his intellect and experience and criticism for his backing of anti-communist dictatorships, notably in Latin America.


Kissinger's complex legacy evoked admiration and controversy. While praised for his diplomatic acumen, he faced accusations of war crimes. His 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, shared with Le Duc Tho (who declined the award), stirred significant controversy due to questions surrounding the secret U.S. bombings in Cambodia.


Ford lauded Kissinger as a "super secretary of state" but also noted his sensitivity and unwavering self-assurance, often criticized as paranoia and egotism by detractors.


Born Heinz Alfred Kissinger in Germany in 1923, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1938, escaping the Nazi regime. He adopted the name Henry, became a U.S. citizen in 1943, and pursued education at Harvard University. His career intertwined academia with government consultancy, eventually leading to his pivotal role in Nixon's administration.


Kissinger's tenure marked by significant diplomatic achievements, including the opening of relations with China and crucial Middle East negotiations, was shadowed by controversies like his involvement in Vietnam and allegations of supporting dictatorships in Latin America. After leaving government, he continued to exert influence through his consulting firm, writings, and public commentary on international affairs.