Washington, Feb 8: George P Shultz, former US Secretary of State who played a key role in ending the Cold War under former President Ronald Reagan’s administration and formulate the Bush Doctrine of preemptive war, died at his home in California at the age of 100 on Saturday.
Shultz was one of only two Americans to have held four different federal Cabinet-level positions throughout his long career and is best known for leading the State Department under Reagan. He served in various positions under three different Republican presidents and is one of only two people to have held four different Cabinet-level posts.He also served as secretary of the Department of Treasury, secretary of the Department of Labor and director of the Office of Management and Budget during President Richard Nixon’s administration.
The Hoover Institution at Stanford University shared the news of Shultz’s , where he worked for over three decades.
The cause of Shultz’s death was not confirmed, according to CNN.
Shultz was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1989 and had been working as a Thomas W and Susan B Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution before his death, according to the statement, which said he worked at “Stanford nearly every day until his passing.”
During his nearly seven years at the State Department, Shultz “inherited a number of foreign policy challenges, including war in Lebanon and a ratcheting up of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union, according to his State Department biography.
The department said his “positive responses to the overtures of Gorbachev and his Foreign Minister, Eduard Shevardnadze, and through his own initiatives, Shultz helped to draft and sign landmark arms control treaties and other agreements that helped to diminish US-Soviet antagonism.”
“Under Shultz’s leadership, US diplomacy helped to pave the way for the ending of the Cold War during 1989,” his biography further read.
According to CNN, Shultz also unsuccessfully lobbied the Trump administration to stay in the Paris climate agreement, co-writing a 2017 op-ed that argued the business case for the international accord.