In this 1979 photo, Mother Teresa receives the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony at Oslo University. At right is the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, John Sanness. In subsequent years, Mother Teresa has faced criticisms.
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Peace can become political when advocates oppose or try to reform governments and societies pursuing hostile foreign relations — or when these societies perpetuate injustice and oppression at home.
Elder statesman: Henry Kissinger addresses the 2023 Davos World Economic Forum via videolink.
Love him or hate him, you can’t ignore the importance of Henry Kissinger’s legacy in government and as a public intellectual.
Former American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 2019.
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He failed to understand that the struggle for justice and freedom in southern Africa was changing the world - and diplomacy itself.
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Foreign Minister Penny Wong is travelling to China to mark the half-century anniversary of a relationship that has ridden the vicissitudes over that time.
President Richard Nixon, left, speaks with National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger at the White House in September 1972.
Henry Kissinger’s influence on US foreign policy is profound. His transactional approach – avowedly values free – includes support of murderous and genocidal foreign leaders.
Joe Biden, then-Vice President meets with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in 2011.
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Joe Biden is set to make his first visit as president to the Middle East, during which he will meet the Saudi crown prince the US accuses of ordering the murder of a journalist.
Supporters of Ukraine, like these demonstrators in Boston on Feb. 27, 2022, are likely to be disappointed by any peace deal.
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The US frequently chooses to put its own interest ahead of its professed values. That approach to foreign policy is called ‘realpolitik’ and it may lead to an unsatisfying peace deal in Ukraine.
The US ambassador to the USSR, George Kennan, chats with a reporter in 1952 after the Soviets told the US State Department that Kennan must be recalled immediately.
Kennan was one of America’s few true experts on Soviet affairs. He famously urged a “Containment” strategy to prevent Soviet expansionism, advising against military responses and arms build-ups.
US President Ronald Reagan meeting with Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov in the Oval Office in 1988.
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Andrei Sakharov was one of the most brilliant scientists of the nuclear age. But he is best remembered today as one of the most fearless defenders of human rights around the world.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, is visible as President Joe Biden holds a virtual meeting with the Mexican president at the White House in March 2021.
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What do Biden’s first 100 days in office mean for the next four years in terms of foreign policy? There are already some clues — but questions too.
Daniel Ellsberg appears before the press on June 28, 1971.
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The episode might have slipped quietly from the news had Nixon decided to not attack the messenger.
Biden’s is entrusting Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken to set U.S. foreign policy on a different course.
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Four years of ‘America First’ has seen the US retreat from the world. But as a scholar of international relations explains, Biden could return Washington to the role of a more moral global leader.
Vice President Spiro T. Agnew on Aug. 8, 1973 at a Washington news conference.
When Vice President Spiro Agnew gave a speech in 1969 bashing the press, he fired some of the first shots in a culture war that persists to this day.
Newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela and deputy president Frederik De Klerk in May 1994.
The April 1994 election proved to be a watershed for South Africa.
The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who have tracked over 100 children stolen by Argentina’s 1976-1983 military junta, were among the human rights activists that pushed the US to declassify intelligence documents related to the dictatorship.
Traveling death squads. Sadistic torture techniques. Stolen babies. The US helped it all happen by aiding Argentina’s military regime in the 1970s, according to newly declassified documents.
What virtues must a president have?
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Presidents Day celebrates the American president – not only as a political leader, but as a moral leader. But can a president be a person of strong moral character, as well as a strong leader?
At Parque de la Memoria, Obama and Macri pay tribute to victims of the dictatorship.
Argentina and the US have never had the cosiest of relationships. Could opening up old secrets help bring them together?
A racially segregated train station entrance during apartheid.
The infamous Muldergate scandal of the 1970s was the exemplar case of apartheid’s “unorthodox diplomacy” of buying influence around the world.