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Program The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

The Kissinger Lecture

The Kissinger Lecture was created through the generosity of friends of the former Secretary of State to honor both the man and a field of inquiry so important for America's future.

The Kissinger Lecturer is appointed by the Librarian of Congress upon the recommendation of the Kissinger Chair Steering Committee. The Kissinger Lecturer, like the Kissinger Scholar, has achieved distinction in the field of foreign affairs and may be of any nationality.

8th Kissinger Lecture (2018): Madame Christine LaGarde

7th Kissinger Lecture (2015): The Right Honourable Tony Blair



6th Kissinger Lecture (2012): President of Mexico Felipe Calderón


5th Kissinger Lecture (2007): James A. Baker III

4th Kissinger Lecture (2005): Fernando Henrique Cardoso


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3rd Kissinger Lecture (2004): George Shultz


2nd Kissinger Lecture (2003): Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

Inaugural Lecture (2001): Henry Alfred Kissinger

By Nomination Only

There will be no direct applications for the Kissinger Lecturer but nominations are welcome and may be submitted at any time to: