Henry A. Kissinger served as U.S. Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977 and as National Security Advisor from 1969-1975. 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 is a member of the Board of Directors of ContiGroup Companies, Inc. and has been on the Board of Directors of American Express Company from 1984 to 2005 and an Advisor to the Board since 2005. He has served as a member of the Defense Policy Board, Department of Defense, since 2001. He serves on the Advisory Board of Forstmann Little and Co., 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. He was Chairman of International House from 1977 to 1984 and has remained an Honorary Trustee since 1985. He was Chairman of the Eisenhower Fellowships from 2000 to 2006. His academic career included appointments as a member of the faculty of the Department of Government and the Center for International Affairs at Harvard College, where he became associate director in 1957. Dr. Kissinger was study director in Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, worked for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as director of their Special Studies Project from 1956 to 1958, was director of the Harvard Defense Studies Program from 1958 to 1971, and was director of the Harvard International Seminar from 1951 to 1971.

Dr. Kissinger received a Bronze Star from the U.S. Army in 1945 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, the U.S. Medal of Freedom in 1977, and the Medal of Liberty in 1986. He is the author of several books and has also published numerous articles on U.S. foreign policy, international affairs, and diplomatic history. His column, syndicated by Tribune Media Services International, appears in leading U.S. newspapers and in over 40 foreign countries.

Last Updated: November 1, 2014

Talking with Mao: An Exchange

Henry Kissinger & Jonathan D. Spence from New York Review of Books
In response to:Kissinger & the Emperor from the March 4, 1999 issueTo the Editors:No China scholar has influenced my own thinking more than Jonathan Spence. My comments on his review of The Kissinger Transcripts edited by William Burr [NYR,...