Saturday, May 27, 2017

Zbigniew Brzezinski Dies at 89


Born in Poland and the son of a Polish diplomat, Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928–2017) was a diplomat and political scientist. He served as a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson (1966-68) and was President Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor (1977-81).

Major foreign policy events during his time in office included the normalization of relations with the People's Republic of China; 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; the arming of the mujahideen prior to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; and the signing of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties relinquishing U.S. control of the Panama Canal after 1999.

One of his most well-known accomplishments came in 1978, when Brzezinski helped President Carter reach an agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to secure the Camp David peace accords between the two countries.

Brzezinski died peacefully yesterday at the age of 89.

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