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Zbigniew Brzezinski

Polish-American political scientist

Zbigniew Brzezinski is ...


Born 28 March 1928 in Warsaw
Died 26 May 2017 in Falls Church
Age 89 years, 2 months
Cause pneumonia

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America and Second Polish Republic
Birth name Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezi\u0144ski
Manner of death natural causes
Father Tadeusz Brzeziński
Spouse Emilie Benes Brzezinski
Child Ian Brzezinski, Mark Brzezinski and Mika Brzezinski
Occupation geopolitician, political scientist, educator, university teacher, author, strategist and critic
Notable work The Grand Failure, The Grand Chessboard and Between Two Ages
Position held National Security Advisor
Awards John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Recipient of the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, 1st class, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Order of the Three Stars, 2nd Class, Harvard Centennial Medal, Antonovych prize, Order of Merit (Ukraine), 1st class, Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Grand Cross of the Order of Grand Duke Gediminas, Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Honorary doctor of the University of Warsaw, Order of Stara Planina, Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Honorary citizen of Kraków and honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Lublin
Member of Council on Foreign Relations, Atlantic Council, National Endowment for Democracy, Polish Society of Arts and Sciences Abroad, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Trilateral Commission
Twitter username zbig

About Zbigniew Brzezinski

Zbigniew Brzezinski was a Polish-American political scientist, born on March 28, 1928, in Warsaw, Poland. He was a prominent figure in American foreign policy and served as the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

Brzezinski was a brilliant scholar, earning his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1953. He went on to teach at Harvard and Columbia University, where he became the head of the Russian Institute. He was a prolific writer, publishing numerous books and articles on international relations and foreign policy.

In 1977, Brzezinski was appointed as National Security Advisor by President Jimmy Carter. He played a key role in shaping American foreign policy during the Cold War, particularly in the Middle East and Afghanistan. He was a strong advocate for human rights and democracy, and his policies reflected this commitment.

Brzezinski's most significant achievement as National Security Advisor was his role in negotiating the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt in 1978. The agreement was a major breakthrough in the Middle East peace process and earned Brzezinski widespread praise.

After leaving the White House, Brzezinski continued to be an influential voice in American foreign policy. He remained active in academia and wrote extensively on international relations and foreign policy. He was a frequent commentator on television and radio, and his opinions were widely respected.

Brzezinski passed away on May 26, 2017, at the age of 89. He was remembered as a brilliant scholar and a tireless advocate for human rights and democracy. His contributions to American foreign policy will be remembered for generations to come.


1. "Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Dies at 89." The New York Times, 27 May 2017.

2. "Zbigniew Brzezinski: A Legacy of Ideas and Action." The Atlantic, 27 May 2017.

3. "Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1928-2017." Council on Foreign Relations, 26 May 2017.

About Death

Brzezinski died at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, on May 26, 2017 at the age of 89. His funeral was held June 9 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, D.C. Former President Carter and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were among those who gave eulogies, while attendees included international diplomats and emissaries; journalists Carl Bernstein, Chuck Todd and David Ignatius; 100-year-old Gen. Edward Rowny; former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice; and former National Security Advisor, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. "If I could choose my seatmate, it would be Dr. Brzezinski," Carter said of his international flights on Air Force One. Former National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, aged 94, was unable to attend, but a note he sent was read during a eulogy: "The world is an emptier place without Zbig pushing the limits of his insights."

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