Brent Scowcroft is presented with the Munich Security Conference Ewald-von-Kleist Award in acknowledgement of his lifetime achievement

Brent Scowcroft, former United States National Security Advisor under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, will be presented with the Munich Security Conference Ewald-von-Kleist Award on Saturday, 02 February 2013, to honor his many years of outstanding efforts for peace. The award is intended to honor leading figures of foreign and security policy who have been particularly committed to conflict management. This year, it will be awarded for the fourth time. The previous holders were Henry Kissinger, Javier Solana and Joseph R. Lieberman.

Scowcroft was born in the state of Utah, USA, in 1925. Following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he held a number of U.S. Air Force positions. Scowcroft served in the Air Force for 29 years and was promoted Lieutenant General; his career included assignments as Military Assistant to President Nixon and Professor of Russian History at West Point.

In his function of National Security Advisor to President Bush senior, Scowcroft had particular relevance for Germany since he was one of the main architects of the German unification. "I am pleased to honor Brent Scowcroft as one of the most important members of President Bush's team who contributed significantly to ending the Cold War and finding a peaceful way of achieving German unification," Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, said. 

Besides, Scowcroft is an experienced connoisseur of the private sector. Today, he is the President of The Scowcroft Group, an international business consulting firm. Besides, he is the founder and president of The Forum for International Policy and a member of a number of advisory boards. His advice in foreign policy issues is generally appreciated - regardless of political or national affiliation. Scowcroft was a member of several national and international expert committees, e.g. the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. He holds numerous prestigious decorations, among them, the Medal of Freedom Award of the US President. In 2009, he was presented with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

"Peace through Dialogue“ is engraved on the back of the silver medal designed and donated by Munich jeweller Maximilian Heiden. Ambassador Ischinger and Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, the man the price was named after, will present 87-year-old Scowcroft with the medal on the occasion of a formal dinner at the Royal Residence hosted by the Minister-President of Bavaria. The laudation will be held by Javier Solana, also holder of the Ewald-von-Kleist medal.

01 February 2013, by MSC