Conclusion: The Flawed Architect

Jussi Hanhimäki

in The Flawed Architect

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849994 | DOI:
Conclusion: The Flawed Architect

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Contrary to Nixon's apparent recovery of his reputation over the years, Kissinger became a favorite target for historians and journalists, oftentimes judged for his conduct in office and even considered as a war criminal. His reputation suffered and his aura gradually evaporated. However, the author argues that one's interpretation of the past is irrevocably linked to one's understanding of the present. Thus, in this chapter, the author concludes by examining Kissinger's place in the history of American foreign policy from the vantage point of early 2004. His major achievements and shortcomings are presented in this chapter.

Keywords: Nixon; Kissinger; war criminal; American foreign policy

Chapter.  3414 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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