Zbigniev Brzezinsky, former U.S. National Security Adviser, Dies at 89

Brzezinsky was an influential figure behind U.S. foreign policy

Zbigniev Brzezinsky, former national security adviser in the Carter administration has died at 89. His daughter shared the news of his passing on social media. He ‘passed away peacefully’ in Virginia on Friday evening.

Brzezinski was born in Warsaw, Poland. His parents moved to Canada where he attended university. After moving to the U.S. he rose to prominence during the 1960’s as adviser to President John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

He served as National Security Adviser in Jimmy Carter’s administration from 1977 to 1981. During his term of office, he is said to have influenced the Panama Canal treaty and Israeli Egyptian negotiations. Brzezinsky is also thought to have played a significant role in the U.S. rapprochement with China during the 70’s.

A fierce opponent of USSR and Russia, during his last years, Brzezinsky advocated U.S.-NATO encirclement and isolation of Russia, as well as NATO expansion in Eastern Europe.

Brzezinsky was one of the top U.S. geo-political strategists who exerted a significant influence of U.S. foreign policy. He also taught American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University.

Brzezinsky also published two works of great importance, Between Two Ages and The Grand ChessboardIn the later, Brzezinsky provided his vision of American preeminence in the 21st century and advocated assertive U.S. foreign policy.

“He played an essential role in all the key foreign policy events of my administration, including normalisation of relations with China, signing of the SALT II treaty [on arms control], brokering the Camp David Accords [on Middle East peace], and the Panama Canal treaties, among others,” former President Jimmy Carter wrote in tribute to Brzezinsky.

Source: BBC News

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