Tribute to Henry Kissinger

The members of the CERIS-ULB Diplomatic School of Brussels extend their condolences for Henry Kissinger

The members of the CERIS-ULB Diplomatic School of Brussels have a special regard for Henry Kissinger, the prince of “Realpolitik“, who died on November 29, 2023 at the venerable age of 100. The news of his passing were received with particular emotion by the team at our Center, given that Henry Kissinger was a close friend of Alfred Cahen, our Center’s first president, with whom he had regular conversations. We pay tribute to the memory of one of the major figures in international relations in the 20th century. Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State, epitomized American foreign policy in the 1970s. His unique approach significantly influenced global affairs for decades and continues to have major consequences today. He played a pivotal role in numerous diplomatic successes that fundamentally transformed world politics, including the normalization of relations between China and the United States, détente with the Soviet Union, and negotiations to end of the Vietnam War. For these efforts, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, jointly with Le Duc Tho, his Vietnamese counterpart. Kissinger’s contributions extended to the Middle East, where he notably negotiated the 1975 Sinai Agreement between Egypt and Israel, and actively worked towards advancing the Arab-Israeli peace process. We salute the memory of one of the most insightful and lucid diplomats we have ever known.