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Happy Birthday Dr. Henry Kissinger

Dr. Henry Kissinger attends the 'China: Through the Looking Glass' press preview at the Temple of Dendur at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Dr. Henry Kissinger attends the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ press preview at the Temple of Dendur at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Happy birthday Dr. Henry Kissinger, who turned 92 on May 27, 2015.

Source: http://www.henryakissinger.com/

Henry Alfred Kissinger was sworn in on September 22, 1973, as the 56th 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. In July, 1983 he was appointed by President Reagan to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America until it ceased operation in January 1985, and from 1984-1990 he served as a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. From 1986-1988 he was a member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department. He has served as a member of the Defense Policy Board since 2001.

At present, Dr. Kissinger is Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. He is also a member of the International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; a Counselor to and Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; an Honorary Governor of the Foreign Policy Association; and an Honor Member of the International Olympic Committee. Among his other activities, Dr. Kissinger served as a member of the Board of Directors of ContiGroup Companies, Inc. from 1988-2014 and remains an Advisor to the Board, a position he also holds at American Express Company since 2005, after serving on the Board from 1984. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; a Director Emeritus of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc.; and a Director of the International Rescue Committee.

Among the awards Dr. Kissinger has received have been a Bronze Star from the U.S. Army in 1945; the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973; the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award) in 1977; and the Medal of Liberty (given one time to ten foreign-born American leaders) in 1986.

Dr. Kissinger was born in Fuerth, Germany, came to the United States in 1938 and was naturalized a United States citizen in 1943. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1950 and received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1952 and 1954.

From 1954 until 1969 he was a member of the faculty of Harvard University, in both the Department of Government and the Center for International Affairs. He was Director of the Harvard International Seminar from 1952 to 1969.

Dr. Kissinger is the author of:

  • A World Restored: Castlereagh, Metternich and the Restoration of Peace, 1812-1822 (1957);
  • Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy (1957);
  • The Necessity for Choice: Prospects of American Foreign Policy (1961);
  • The Troubled Partnership: A Reappraisal of the Atlantic Alliance (1965);
  • Problems of National Strategy: A Book of Readings (ed.) (1965);
  • American Foreign Policy, Three Essays (1969);
  • White House Years (1979);
  • For the Record: Selected Statements, 1977-1980 (1981);
  • Years of Upheaval (1982);
  • Observations: Selected Speeches and Essays, 1982-1984 (1985);
  • Diplomacy (1994);
  • Years of Renewal (1999);
  • Does America Need a Foreign Policy?: Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century (2001);
  • Ending the Vietnam War: A History of America’s Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War (2003);
  • Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises (2003);
  • On China (May 2011);
  • and
  • World Order (September 2014).

He has also published numerous articles on United States foreign policy, international affairs and diplomatic history. His column, syndicated by Tribune Media Services International, appears in leading U.S. and international newspapers.

Dr. Kissinger is married to the former Nancy Maginnes and is the father of two children by a previous marriage.

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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