Zbigniew Brzezinski, prominent Ukraine supporter, dies at 89

Lauren Perry
May 30, 2017

Brzezinski was a respected voice on worldwide affairs within the Democratic Party for more than three decades.

Former President Carter said in a statement Friday night, "Rosalynn and I are saddened by the death of Zbigniew Brzezinski". During his time serving as a counsellor to President Lyndon B Johnson from 1966 to 1968, he persuaded the administration to adopt peaceful engagement as the USA strategy to undermine the Soviet bloc. Major foreign policy events during his tenure include the normalization of relations with China, along with the severing of ties with the Republic of China on Taiwan, the signing of the SALT II treaty, brokering of the Camp David Accords and Iran's transition from USA ally to to anti-Western Islamic Republic.

The news came from a Brzezinski who might be more familiar to younger generations, daughter Mika of the Morning Joe program on MSNBC.

Brzezinski "graded" the foreign policies of the three presidents that followed Reagan, telling NPR that he would give George H.W. Bush a B, Bill Clinton a C and George W. Bush an F.

The oldest son of Polish diplomat Tadeus Brzezinski, Zbigniew was born on March 28, 1928, and attended Catholic schools during the time his father was posted in France and Germany. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1958.

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Serving under President Jimmy Carter, Brzezinski helped topple economic barriers between the Soviet Union, China and the West. He had not wanted to be secretary of state because he felt he could be more effective working at Mr. Carter's side in the White House.

He served on numerous foreign policy boards and in similar think tanks after leaving the White House. He moved to the United States and received a doctorate in government from Harvard in 1953.

Brzezinski also took part in negotiations toward the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in 1979, which was seen by many as the major achievement of Carter's presidency.

He also taught American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University.

In 2011, he penned "Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power", arguing that United States strength overseas was key to global stability.

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