On June 8, 2016, the trustees of the American Academy in Berlin awarded the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power. The laudation was delivered by Christoph Heusgen, the foreign policy and security advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In her position as the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Power has worked diligently to rally the international community to respond to a multitude of global threats—from the Ebola outbreak to the rise of violent extremist groups. She has been a persistent and forceful advocate for human rights and democratic accountability. As is consistent with the Henry A. Kissinger Prize, Ambassador Power has not only maintained but also strengthened the transatlantic relationships crucial to responding effectively to all of these diplomatic challenges—whether through marshalling the support needed to make UN peacekeeping missions more effective, or by pushing back against a growing global crackdown on civil society. Throughout, and as the United States’ voice in the world’s governing body, she has been critical, forthright, and unswerving. In so doing she has become one of the transatlantic community’s most indispensable voices, as well as an inspiration for students contemplating careers in the diplomatic corps.