This fellowship is named in honor of Henry A. Kissinger, a member of the Council's Board of Directors from 1977 to 1981, as a tribute to Dr. Kissinger's contributions to the country and the Council.
Henry A. Kissinger was the 56th secretary of state of the United States from 1973 to 1977, continuing to hold the position of assistant to the president for national security affairs which he first assumed in 1969 until 1975. After leaving government service, he founded Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm, of which he is chairman.
From 1954 until 1971 he was a member of the Faculty of Harvard University, both in the Department of Government and at the Center for International Affairs. He was Associate Director of the Center from 1957 to 1960. He served as Director of the Harvard International Seminar from 1951 to 1971, and Director of the Harvard Defense Studies Program from 1958 to 1971.
Secretary Kissinger has written many books and articles on United States foreign policy, international affairs, and diplomatic history. Among the awards he has received are the Guggenheim Fellowship (1965-66), the Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book in the fields of government, politics and international affairs (1958), the American Institute for Public Service Award (1973), the International Platform Association Theodore Roosevelt Award (1973), the Veterans of Foreign Wars Dwight D. Eisenhower Distinguished Service Medal (1973), the Hope Award for International Understanding (1973), the Nobel Peace Prize (1973), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977), and the Medal of Liberty (1986).
Dr. Kissinger’s long association with the Council began in the mid-1950s when, as a young scholar, he took a year’s leave from the Harvard faculty to work at the Harold Pratt House as a Carnegie Research Fellow directing a study group which focused on the impact of revolutionary changes in weapons on American foreign policy. The resulting book, Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy, published in 1957, earned him a national reputation and reached the best seller list. Dr. Kissinger went on to publish 12 articles in Foreign Affairs before he entered government as President Nixon's national security adviser in 1969.
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