Eulogy For Senator John McCain

September 01, 2018

Eulogy For Senator John McCain (as delivered) 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 fulfill our sustaining values. John McCain was one of those gifts of destiny. I met John for the […]

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Opening Statement before The Senate Armed Services Committee

January 25, 2018

Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Reed: 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.” I shall do so […]

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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. Decisive, effervescent, courageous, loyal, she was dedicated to shaping the future rather than following the recommendations of focus groups. I met Lady Thatcher in the early 1970s, when she was serving as Minister of Education […]

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“The USA and World Peace after the Presidential Election” Address to the Inaugural Nobel Peace Prize Forum

December 11, 2016

I am honored to have been invited to participate in this first Nobel Peace Prize Forum. And I am delighted to share it with my friend Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose life and career in our adopted country have so closely paralleled my own. This occasion, in this tradition-laden room, inspires both nostalgia and gratitude. Nostalgia for […]

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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. In terms of hierarchy, it should, of course, have happened the other way around. But I found myself in Mexico attending the 1970 World Cup without secure […]

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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 […]

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Opening Statement 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

Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Reed: Thank you for this invitation to address the Committee as a new Congress begins. 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. Yet as we look around the world, […]

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

Thursday, 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. I went with George and Helmut through the Cold War; I admired their actions in the formation of the European Union and the strengthening of the Atlantic Alliance, and their […]

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Statement 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. It is routine because he wears a brace on his foot and therefore cannot remove his shoes at the screening checkpoint. He would like to commend the professionalism and courtesy of the […]

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The Limits of Universalism

April 26, 2012 (published in the June 2012 issue of The New Criterion)

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. Bill infused the lives of all he touched. And he inspired a generation to define a new concept of conservatism for the contemporary era. It disputed not the need for progress […]

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