Kissinger at 99: Influence and Controversy

University of Texas

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University’s Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. A popular public lecturer and frequent news commentator, his writings appear in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal,, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Time, and other media. Professor Suri has received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas and the Pro Bene Meritis Award for Contributions to the Liberal Arts. Professor Suri hosts the weekly podcast, “This is Democracy,” and is the author and editor of eleven books, including: The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office; Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama; and Henry Kissinger and the American Century. His most recent book is entitled: Civil War by Other Means: America’s Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy.



For more than 50 years, Henry Kissinger has been one of the most influential people in American foreign policy. He was never elected to any office, yet he re-shaped how Americans interact with the rest of the world. This lecture will trace his long, 99-year life from German-Jewish refugee to soldier in the U.S. Army, professor, policy maker, and pundit. Professor Suri will examine Kissinger’s policies–and the many controversies surrounding them–in Vietnam, China, Russia, and the Middle East. This lecture also will assess Kissinger’s legacy as he approaches his 100th birthday.




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Marc Tanenbaum

A Most Interesting Portrayal of Dr. K

Professor Suri is a wonderful dynamic lecturer and presents a panoramic view of Dr. Kissinger’s history. His Q&A is a wonderful supplement as well. The thought occurs to me that when my grandchildren need resources for high school and college essays, I will offer them OneDayU’s library of excellent talks to reference. That’s a few years away. Great presentation!

1 year ago
Barbara Charig

A fascinating lecture

As usual Professor Jeremi Suri had delivered a very comprehensive and
stimulating presentation about statesman Henry Kissinger and his powerful impact on domestic and foreign policy. I look forward to seeing many more of Professor Suri’s lectures in the future.

Barbara Charig

1 year ago
Joy Morros

Excellent presentation.

All of his lectures are fascinating and delivered flawlessly. Never disappoints.

1 year ago


Quite a good summary. I would have liked to know if he had any children. The speaker was quite knowledgeable and is a very good speaker. any thanks.

1 year ago
barbara ann.fields

Life well lived

This was a life well lived. No one is perfect and people will always point out what you could have done differently but he did do what he believed to be true. He is living out his purpose and doing what he feels is right. I see where he was able to be pivot when he is enlightened. Thank you for your insightful preservation.

1 year ago
LJAM Huyskes

Fascinating introduction

Helpful for getting a quick lay of the lands of an enormous career. From Fürth Germany, fleeing at age 15 to the states, joining the US army, denazifying Heidelberg, develops his expertise in nuclear deterrence at Harvard’s centre for international affairs, academic study combined with policy influence, first for Nelson Rockefeller, eventually connected to Nixon as national security advisor. From there influential in Vietnam; China; Egypt&Israel; Chile and many other places, all from the centre of power, which in itself poses a challenge to democracy.

11 months ago
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