Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former National Security Adviser during Jimmy Carter’s reign and a renowned expert on international affairs, and US foreign policy is dead. He was 89.
His Brzezinkski wore many hats in his long and rather very fulfilling life. He was a professor at Harvard before he entered politics and even in latter part of his life too taught in top colleges and universities in the US. He was one of the foremost authorities on US foreign policy and served as the Professor of American Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
The charismatic academic and top bureaucrat’s death was announced by his daughter, Mika, a co-host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. In an Instagram post she said, “My father passed away peacefully tonight. He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her life. I just knew his (sic) as the most inspiring, loving, and devoted father any girl could ever have.”
The 89 year old Brzezinski began his career as a teacher. In 1950s he taught at Harvard University as professor. Had he succeeded in his plan, he would have joined as a bureaucrat in Canada instead of the uS. But luck had something big in store for him. despite his young age and apparent inexperience he was very loud in opposing President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s decisions, particularly his policy of rollback, and his belief that it would cause Europe to side with Soviet Union over the United States.
Born as Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski on March 28, 1928 he served as a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1968 and was President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor from 1977 to 1981. Major foreign policy events during his time in office included the normalization of relations with the People’s Republic of China (and the severing of ties with the Republic of China on Taiwan); the signing of the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II); the brokering of the Camp David Accords; the transition of Iran from an important U.S. ally to an anti-Western Islamic Republic; encouraging dissidents in Eastern Europe and emphasizing human rights in order to undermine the influence of the Soviet Union.
He was known for his powerful support to Mujahideen in Afghanistan against Soviet Union. United States and Saudi Arabia came together to arm, finance and provide training to Mujahideen in Afghanistan through Pakistan. Pakistan was provided billions and billions of dollars worth of arms and cash to fund mujahideen. It is said that a large part of it was diverted to finance Pakistan’s nascent nuclear program that was at infancy at that time.
In the year 1977 he was selected for the position of National Security Advisor (NSA) by President Jimmy Carter. The President had said that intended to have an assertive figure at his side to provide him with advice in difficult situations, and Brzezinski, who had already advised Kennedy in 1960, fit the bill. He reportedly wrote segments of Carter’s inaugural address, in an attempt to send a positive message to Soviet dissidents.
Brzezinski married Emilie Benes Brzezinski in 1961. Though Benes had familial ties to politics herself, as she was a relative of Czechoslovakia’s former president Edvard Beneš, she instead pursued a career in the arts. She earned a fine arts degree at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and after her marriage to Brzezinski, became a professional sculptor. His funeral details will be updated as soon as available.