Kissinger’s controversial legacy and the Greeks

Henry Kissinger was the most powerful American secretary of state and shaped US history during the Cold War, and his diplomatic legacy continues to influence Washington's relations with Russia, China and the Middle East to this day.

Being one of the most complex and divisive characters on the global political scene, he still inspires both admiration and loathing even after his death in Connecticut at the age of 100.

Some of his fiercest critics wanted him indicted for war crimes and others considered him a master of realpolitik, a worthy successor to Klemens von Metternich, the Austrian statesman and minister of foreign affairs (1809-48), whom he studied.

He was a controversial figure to say the least for the Greeks and the Greek diaspora, as he was largely blamed for the attitude of the US and NATO toward the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.


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