Henry Kissinger on why America failed in Afghanistan

The Economist
August 25, 2021

The taliban takeover of Afghanistan focuses the immediate concern on the extrication of tens of thousands of Americans, allies and Afghans stranded all over the country. Their rescue needs to be our urgent priority. The more fundamental concern, however, is how America found itself moved to withdraw in a decision taken without much warning or consultation with allies or the people most directly involved in 20 years of sacrifice

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Building on George Shultz’s Vision of a World Without Nukes

The Wall Street Journal
March 24, 2021

For the past 15 years, the three of us and a distinguished group of American and international former officials and experts have been deftly and passionately led by our late friend and colleague, George Shultz. Our mission: reversing the world’s reliance on nuclear weapons, to prevent their proliferation into potentially dangerous hands, and ultimately ending them as a threat to the world.

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George Shultz Had a Wise and Discerning Heart

The Wall Street Journal
February 10, 2021

George left us at a moment when our national arguments are too often vindicated by passion rather than reason, by the debasement of the adversary rather than the uplifting of purposes. He also believed that if you were blessed with great gifts, you had a responsibility to apply yourself, and if you cared about your country, you had a duty to defend and improve it.

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Forever Alter the World Order

The Wall Street Journal
April 2020

The U.S. must protect its citizens from disease while starting the urgent work of planning for a new epoch.

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The Metamorphosis

The Atlantic
August 2019

AI will bring many wonders. It may also destabilize everything from nuclear détente to human friendships. We need to think much harder about how to adapt.

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How the Enlightenment Ends

The Atlantic
June 1, 2018
Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence. Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my usual concerns—but the beginning of the presentation held me in my seat. [...]
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How to Resolve the North Korea Crisis

The Wall Street Journal
August 11, 2017

An understanding between the U.S. and Beijing is the essential prerequisite. Tokyo and Seoul also have key roles to play.

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The Man Who Saved Europe the Last Time

The Wall Street Journal
April 28, 2017

(Adapted from an April 25 speech to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.) The attribute of greatness is reserved for leaders from whose time onward history can be told only in terms of their achievements. I observed essential elements of Germany’s history—as a native son, as a refugee from its upheavals, as a soldier in the American […]

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Out of the Brexit Turmoil: Opportunity

The Wall Street Journal
June 29, 2016

The cascade of commentary on Britain’s decision to leave institutional Europe has described the epochal event primarily in the vocabulary of calamity. However, the coin of the realm for statesmen is not anguish or recrimination; it should be to transform setback into opportunity. The impact of the British vote is so profound because the emotions […]

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A Path Out of the Middle East Collapse

The Wall Street Journal
October 16, 2015

The debate about whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran regarding its nuclear program stabilized the Middle East’s strategic framework had barely begun when the region’s geopolitical framework collapsed. Russia’s unilateral military action in Syria is the latest symptom of the disintegration of the American role in stabilizing the Middle East order that […]

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