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Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928 - 2017)

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Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928 - 2017)

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former Carter administration national security adviser and father of TV host Mika Brzezinski, died Friday, May 26, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 89.

His daughter, “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, announced his death and paid tribute to her father on social media. She called him “the most inspiring, loving, and devoted father any girl could ever have.”

Brzezinski served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser. During the Carter administration, Brzezinski participated in the negotiations between Egypt and Israel that led to the historic Camp David Accords in 1978.

He also worked to normalize relations with communist China and played a role in the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II) with the Soviet Union as well as the treaty with Panama that would see control of the Panama Canal handed over to that country in 1999.


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He was born March 28, 1928, in Warsaw and was educated in Canada. His father was a diplomat, and Brzezinski studied for a diplomatic career in Canada. His postgraduate studies focused on the study of the Soviet Union, and he became an expert on Communism.

An intellectual with a focus on real-world politics and foreign policy, he was tapped by Carter to provide insight and advice during the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

“He was inquisitive, innovative and a natural choice as my national security adviser when I became president,” Carter said in a statement after Brzezinski's death. “He played an essential role in all the key foreign policy events of my administration.”

Following the end of the Carter administration, he turned to lecturing and remained an expert in the field of foreign policy. He encouraged the expansion of NATO to include former Communist countries in Eastern Europe to counter Russian ambitions in the region.

Brzezinski is survived by his wife, Emilie, daughter Mika, and sons Ian and Mark.

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