The Chairman “On Trial”

Jussi Hanhimäki

in The Flawed Architect

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849994 | DOI:
The Chairman “On Trial”

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After leaving office in January 1977, Kissinger never held an official government post again. A few reasons for this are illustrated in this chapter. Despite the fact that his career as a high-ranking government official had ended, no signs pointed to his retirement. He remained active as a writer, commentator, informal foreign policy adviser, and participant of high-level nonpartisan commissions and he led a successful international consulting company. However, living in this political wilderness had a dual impact on his reputation. On the one hand, he remained a world figure. On the other hand, he would also remain a subject of controversy and was often questioned about his past role in the previous administrations as well as about the alleged conflicts of interest in his chairmanship of Kissinger Associates. In this chapter, Kissinger is presented as a chairman permanently on trial for his past and present activities.

Keywords: Kissinger; foreign policy; Kissinger Associates

Chapter.  12735 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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