National Committee Vice Chairman Henry A. Kissinger discussed his new book, On China, in an interview with National Committee President Steve Orlins.
Dr. Kissinger answered questions ranging from the role of the United States in cross-Strait relations, his reflections on the Vietnam conflict, the publication of his book in China, and President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama in Washington, DC. Dr. Kissinger took questions from the audience submitted on note cards.
Dr. Kissinger writes from the perspectives of an academic (he taught at Harvard from 1954 to 1969), a government official (Secretary of State, 1973-1977, and National Security Advisor, 1969-1975, among other posts), and a private consultant (he is chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., founded in 1982).
Among the awards Dr. Kissinger has received are the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973; the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award) in 1977; and the Medal of Liberty in 1986.
Dr. Kissinger was born in Fürth, Germany, in 1923; he came to the United States in 1938 and became 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, respectively. He has published articles and books too numerous to list.