Henry A. Kissinger

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Henry A. Kissinger is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was sworn in on September 22, 1973, as the fifty-sixth secretary of state, a position he held until January 20, 1977. He also served as assistant to the president for national security affairs from January 20, 1969, until November 3, 1975. At present, Kissinger is chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm. For a detailed list of Kissinger's other activities, please see his biography.

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Henry A. Kissinger: The World Will Miss Lee Kuan Yew

by Henry A. Kissingervia The Washington Post
Monday, March 23, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew was a great man. And he was a close personal friend, a fact that I consider one of the great blessings of my life. A world needing to distill order from incipient chaos will miss his leadership.

Analysis and Commentary

George Shultz and Henry Kissinger testify before the US Senate Armed Services Committee

featuring George P. Shultz, Henry A. Kissingervia United States Senate
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Distinguished Fellow George Shultz and Distinguished Visiting Fellow Henry Kissinger along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright testify on Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy before the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

Nuclear Security: The Problems and the Road Ahead by Secretary George Shultz

Nuclear Security: The Problems and the Road Ahead

by George P. Shultz, Sidney D. Drell, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunnvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Concern about the threat posed by nuclear weapons has preoccupied the United States and presidents of the United States since the beginning of the nuclear era.

World Order

by Henry A. Kissingervia Penguin Press
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Henry Kissinger has traveled the world, advised presidents, and been a close observer and participant in the central foreign policy events of our era. Now he offers his analysis of the twenty first century’s ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

Global Puzzle Pieces
Analysis and Commentary

Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order: The Concept That Has Underpinned the Modern Geopolitical Era Is in Crisis

by Henry A. Kissingervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 29, 2014

Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.

Kiev, Ukraine
Analysis and Commentary

How the Ukraine Crisis Ends

by Henry A. Kissingervia Washington Post
Thursday, March 6, 2014

There are four steps the U.S. should keep in mind, the former secretary of state writes.

Analysis and Commentary

Ariel Sharon’s Journey From Soldier to Statesman

by Henry A. Kissingervia Washington Post
Monday, January 13, 2014

The former war commander became a visionary for peace in later years.

US-Iran Relations
Analysis and Commentary

What a Final Iran Deal Must Do

by George P. Shultz, Henry A. Kissingervia ABC Online (Australia)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

As former secretaries of state, we have confronted the existential issue of nuclear weapons and negotiated with adversaries in attempts to reduce nuclear perils. We sympathize with the current administration's quest to resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff through diplomacy.

Condoleezza Rice (left), the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Publ

Crisis Management: Kissinger, McNamara, and Rice

with Henry A. Kissinger, Robert S. McNamara, Condoleezza Ricevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 4, 2013

This week Uncommon Knowledge brings us interview excerpts from two former secretaries of state and Hoover fellows Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice, and former secretary of defense Robert McNamara. All three have influenced American foreign policy through the years and through different crises, and all three believe that the United States possesses a particular responsibility in the world. (25:47)

Nuclear Arms: No Time for Complacency

by George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunnvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 1, 2013

Shultz, Perry, Kissinger, and Nunn argue that nonproliferation efforts of nuclear weapons must carefully intensify.