Dr. Kissinger wrote in his book, World Order, and I quote, that ‘each generation will be judged by whether the greatest, most consequential issues of the human condition have been faced…’ Let us work together to bring about an even better future for China-US relations.
– President Xi Jinping of China, 2015
After 30 years he’s still public policy’s equivalent of a rock star.
– Norman Ornstein, 2002, Political Scholar
I salute Henry Kissinger for his many efforts at peace and security.
– George Shultz, 2015, former Secretary of State
While his contributions are far from complete, we are now beginning to appreciate what his service has provided our country, how it has changed the way we think about strategy and how he has helped provide greater security for our citizens and people around the world.
– Ashton Carter, 2016, former Secretary of Defense
Dear Henry – It’s hard to believe that it has been more than forty-one years since you left office (I’m not far behind, with thirty-seven). There can be no doubt that our national Ship of State has often missed your hand at the tiller, though its steerpersons (sic) and captains have frequently sought your advice. Let’s hope that you, and indeed the Ship, will be around for a long time.
– Your friendly critic, Harold Brown, 2018, former Secretary of Defense and CSIS Counselor and Trustee
Congratulations, Dr. Kissinger, on your 95th birthday! The Friedrich Wilhelms University Bonn established a permanent Henry Kissinger Chair to honor you for your outstanding strategic foresight and diplomatic contributions to world order and diplomacy. This German generation knows Immanuel Kant’s wisdom that peace is not a given, it does not come from itself. Germany has accepted greater international responsibility and draws on your understanding that success as a statesman rests on the study of history to understand why nations succeed and why they failed.
– Professor James Bindenagel, Henry Kissinger Professor, Bonn, 2018
The United States, the world is greatly indebted to this superior person… He is, so far as this American is concerned, the greatest secretary of state in the history of our Republic. His superb record of achievement is unsurpassed in the annals of American history.
– President Gerald Ford, 1977
Henry Kissinger has played a central role in some of the most consequential U.S. foreign policy matters of the past half-century. He continues to be a highly influential figure in thinking about global affairs.
– Harvard University President Drew Faust, 2012
Dr. Kissinger is one of our Nation’s most accomplished and respected public servants.
– President George W. Bush, 2002
Most secretaries of state reach their peak fame as they leave office. I venture to say that Henry Kissinger is perhaps more widely known in the world today than he was when he left… He is a synonym of global diplomacy.
– Brent Scowcroft, 2012, former National Security Adviser