The IISS concluded a year of 50th anniversary celebrations with a special Gala Dinner in Washington DC, featuring a discussion on Geopolitics, Strategy and the Future between former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, IISS President Emeritus Sir Michael Howard and Former UN Undersecretary General Shashi Tharoor.
Dr. John Chipman
Dr. John Chipman is the Director-General and Chief Executive at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, England.
Sir Michael Howard
Michael Howard was born in 1941 and educated at Llanelli Grammar School and Peterhouse, Cambridge. In 1962 he was elected President of the Cambridge Union. He was called to the Bar in 1964 and was appointed a QC in 1982.
He was elected Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe in 1983. In 1984 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Solicitor General. The following year he entered the Government as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry with responsibility for corporate and consumer affairs.
In 1987 he moved to the Department of the Environment, first as Minister of State for Local Government and then as Minister of State for Water and Planning. In 1990 he entered the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Employment, abolishing the closed shop and playing a crucial role in negotiating the UKs opt-out from the Social Chapter at Maastricht.
Michael Howard was then elected as Leader of the Conservative Party, a position he held for over two years. He led the Party at the 2005 General Election, the first election in 22 years in which the Party gained a significant number of seats. In that election the Conservatives won more votes than Labour in England. Indeed if just 14,500 votes in the 34 seats which give Labour its majority had changed their vote, Labour would have been deprived of its majority.
Michael Howard continues to represent Folkestone and Hythe at Westminster, but will be stepping down at the next election.
Dr. Henry Kissinger
Henry Alfred 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.
Shashi Tharoor is an elected member of the Indian Parliament and former minister of state for external affairs. In 2007, he concluded a nearly 29-year career at the United Nations, including his role as undersecretary-general for communications and public information. In 2006, he was India's candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General and emerged a strong second out of seven contenders.
Tharoor is the prize-winning author of twelve books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the classic The Great Indian Novel; India: From Midnight to the Millennium; Nehru: The Invention of India; and The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone: Reflections on India in the 21st Century. A widely published critic, commentator, and columnist in publications including The Hindu, The Times of India, and Newsweek. He has won India's highest honor for overseas Indians, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, and numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He is a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
(born May 27, 1923, Fürth, Ger.) German-born U.S. political scientist and foreign-policy adviser (196976). He immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1938. He taught at Harvard University, where he directed the Defense Studies Program (195969). He was appointed assistant for national security affairs by Pres. Richard Nixon in 1968 and served as head of the National Security Council from 1969 to 1975; he was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977. He developed the policy of détente toward the Soviet Union, which led to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks agreements. He also initiated the first official U.S. contact with China. Although he at first advocated a hard-line policy on Vietnam, he later negotiated the cease-fire agreement that ended the Vietnam War, for which he shared the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1973 with Le Duc Tho (who refused it). After leaving government service, he became an international consultant, lecturer, and writer.
Having experiencing an intellectual intercourse with Henry Kissinger may provide one the armory of ideas in the field of world politics as has been evident of the chapters talks being exchanged in this program,yet one may not fall in agreement of thoughts of what has been said by Henry Kissinger since the policy indoctrination_ that Mr Kissinger has orchestrated during his period of services as US secretary of States_ does not have positive memory prints, particularly his contribution to the warmongering policy dictates in Vietnam.
Bloody typical. Listen to chapter 3 and then chapter 4. Its hilarious, in 3 he talks about how terrorism is disrupting a world community that wants to live in peace, stability and prosperity and that terrorists shouldn't be regarded as citizens. Then in chapter 4 he turns around, literally after about 2mins and says that Afghanistan must be 'dealt with' - their future political structure to be decided basically in any way that the UK and US fancy. This is of course, accomplished by spoiling for a fight, and invading a country causing instability and poverty through war.
Typical English empire hypocrisy - ornate and seemingly earnest, but lecturing, lecturing, to your face with a silver moonlight grim reaper glint in the eye that only privileged greed can nurture, matured by a life time of spoon feeding, reassurance and circumstance, followed swiftly, with a stark, brutally ignorant apathy thereafter - the naked, shameless, smug mass-murder, physical and mental maiming of the innocent all the while behind your back. But don't mind that, it's okay, he has a good way with words, his decision was made over five o'clock tea. Absolute utter cunt fucking insult to associate himself with the population's collective voice of common sense reason. We are not fucking deaf.
There is no climate change "problem". There's no such thing as a "global average temperature" - not that affects anything in any meaningful way. The "average" for 2004 was 58.28 degrees. I fail to see how that is a threat to anything. It doesn't change the temp at the South Pole (still -50 below).
I have changed my opinion of SoS Kissinger through the years - from one extreme to the other. My resolve being that I have come to respect his wisdom and ability to project a very sensible strategy and advice for those who have succeeded him. I found his comments during a panel last year with former SoS Albright, Powell, and Baker to espouse my sentiments. The panel was a special CNN Live show. If you go to CNN and search for his name and A World of Challenge, you will get the link directly to the program. It was an excellent show in my opinion.