March 4, 2024

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Who made a mark on the world during the Cold War: Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (100) passed away.

Who made a mark on the world during the Cold War: Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (100) passed away.

On the path of Metternich

Kissinger had dedicated his doctoral thesis to British Foreign Secretary Robert Stewart, better known by the title Viscount of Castlereagh and Austrian Clemens von Metternich. After the fall of Napoleon in 1815, at the Congress of Vienna, these were the two diplomats who laid the foundation for “”European concert“.

That “concert” involved the five European powers (British, French, Prussians, Austrians, and Russians) in an international regime to avoid mutual conflicts and extinguish potential flashpoints in negotiations. This system has led to decades of peace and tranquility. According to some, a century does not include exceptions such as the Crimean War (1853–56) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71).

Comparatively, Kissinger was a “Global concert“America and Europe, along with other powers such as Russia, China, Japan and eventually India. Despite ideological differences, he saw these as the six pillars of a new world order that should limit mutual conflict. Avoiding major wars between great powers. A priority, at the core, would be the smaller countries in between. , seemed like soldiers who would be sacrificed if necessary.

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