#OTD20 | October 16, 1973

Diplomacy in the Face of War: The Nobel Honor for Kissinger and Tho

October 16, 1973: Dr. Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their roles in the Paris peace accord.

Amidst the backdrop of one of the most turbulent wars in history, the two diplomats successfully navigate complex negotiations to reach an agreement.

The Paris Peace Accord, though marred by controversies, signals the cessation of active fighting in Vietnam. The Nobel Peace Prize bestowed upon Kissinger and Tho serves as a testament to the significance of their diplomatic endeavors and the value of diplomacy during times of conflict.

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The Nobel Foundation

Read about Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho at the website of the Nobel Foundation.

United Nations

Read the text of the Paris Peace Accords at the website of the United Nations.

Harvard Kennedy School

Read "50 years later, the legacy of the Paris Peace Accords isn’t one of peace" from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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