From Vietnam to Syria: John Kerry's foreign battles

Published 2:28 PM ET, Thu December 22, 2016
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US Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department. Here's a look back at his long career as a public servant. Drew Angerer/Getty Images North
Kerry, 27, testifies about the Vietnam War before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, April 22, 1971. Eventually, he would chair that committee. HENRY GRIFFIN/AP
Kerry gives the peace sign during a silent demonstration of Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1972 at Arlington National Cemetery. Steven Clevenger/Corbis/Getty Images
On November 6, 1984, Kerry is elected a US Senator from Massachusetts. He would remain in the Senate until succeeding Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in 2013. Jim MacMillan/AP
Kerry meets locals in a diner in Derry, New Hampshire, shortly after announcing his 2004 candidacy for president. Kerry would win the Democratic nomination, but lose the general election to President George W. Bush. Chris Hondros/Getty Images
Kerry talks with Charles Rivkin, then US ambassador to France, and Martin Indyk, then special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, in 2013 in Tuileries Garden in Paris. SUSAN WALSH/AFP/Getty Images
Kerry, who played soccer at Yale University, kicks a ball during a refueling stop in Vienna in 2013. State Department
Kerry meets with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud at the Royal Palace in Jeddah in 2014. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Kerry listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement to the press before a meeting in 2014 in Jerusalem. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates foreign minister, points out highlights at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as he takes Kerry on a tour in Abu Dhabi in 2015. JACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Kerry speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the United Nations in 2015. http://kremlin.ru
Kerry sometimes takes his bicycle with him when he travels. In March 2015, he goes for a ride in Lausanne, Switzerland. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Kerry, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah share a moment during a 2015 dinner hosted by the State Department in Washington. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Kerry talks with his staff in 2015 in Paris. State Department
Kerry, on a park bench near the Imperial Hotel in Vienna, places a call to the president of the Dominican Republic in 2015. He needed crutches after breaking his leg in a May 2015 bike accident in France. State Department
Kerry appears on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" in New York City in 2015. State Department
Kerry shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro before a state dinner at the Revolution Palace in Havana in March 2016. ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
Kerry, at the Hotel Nacional in Havana in March 2016, calls Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders to express his condolences following a terrorist attack in Brussels. State Department
Kerry holds granddaughter Isabel Dobbs-Higginson, 2, as he signs the Paris Agreement to limit global warming in April 2016 at the United Nations. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Kerry talks to Japan's foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, during a ceremonial dance at the Itsukushima Shrine on April 10, 2016. They joined Britain's foreign minister, Philip Hammond, left, and Italy's foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, right, in a visit Japan's Miyajima Island during a break in G7 meetings in nearby Hiroshima. JONATHAN ERNST/AFP/Getty Images
Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on July 15, 2016, in Moscow. Iliya Pitalev/Sputnik/AP
Kerry prepares to board a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on November 12, 2016, en route to New Zealand. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images