Powerhouse American diplomat and disputed Nobel laureate Henry Kissinger dies at age 100
By Sujoy Dhar
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IBNS-CMEDIA: Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State and a master of realpolitik known for his crucial yet polarising role in American foreign policy during the period of the Cold War, has died at the age of 100.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, two children from his first marriage, Elizabeth and David, and five grandchildren, according to CNN.
The American diplomat, politician and geopolitical consultant who also served as the country’s national security advisor under the US presidents like Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and had won a Nobel Prize controversially, died on Wednesday at his residence in Connecticut, according to a statement from his geopolitical consulting firm, Kissinger Associates.
The cause of his death was not shared by the firm.
Kissinger and President Richard Nixon discussing the Vietnam situation in Camp David, 1972 (with Alexander Haig). Photo courtesy: Wikipedia/Creative Commons
The man who was both celebrated and flayed as a “war criminal” would be interred at a private family service, to be followed at a later date by a public memorial service in New York City, it added.
Kissinger was a German-born Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938 and later went to Harvard College in 1950, where he studied under William Yandell Elliott. He earned his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy at Harvard University in 1951 and 1954, respectively.
Kissinger was the architect of the United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977, pioneering the policy of détente with the Soviet Union. He was the man behind starting an opening of relations with communist China. He engaged in what is known as shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East…