Dhe former US Secretary of State George Shultz is dead. He died Saturday at the age of 100, as the Hoover Institution in California announced on Sunday. Shultz had been under the Republican President Ronald Reagan served as foreign minister from 1982 to 1989. During this time he managed to reduce tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The Hoover Institution, one at the university Stanford based think tank, described Shultz as one of the greatest political strategists of all time. Together with Reagan, he helped “change the course of history through the means of diplomacy to end the Cold War,” said the Hoover Institution, to which Shultz had been a member for more than 30 years.
Steps towards disarmament
As foreign minister, he established contacts with representatives of the Soviet Union and also arranged for Reagan’s first personal meetings with high-ranking representatives from Moscow. In 1987, during Shultz’s tenure, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed on the INF Treaty on Atomic Energy disarmament in the medium range.
Shultz was one of only two American politicians who “held four different positions in government,” said the Hoover Institution. Prior to his appointment as Secretary of State, he had served as Treasury Secretary, Secretary of Labor and Head of Budget in the White House.
Former Republican Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Shultz as a “great American statesman” and a “true patriot” who “made the world a better place”.
After his active career as a politician, Shultz moved away from some positions in his Republican Party and supported, among other things, the idea of a CO2 tax to combat climate change. In an essay on the occasion of his 100th birthday, he complained about the political style of then President Donald Trump. Only those who are trustworthy can be successful, wrote Shultz at the time. This applies to states as well as to individuals.