Brzezinski, Zbigniew Kazimierz
Brzezinski, Zbigniew Kazimierz (zbĭgˈnyĕv käzēmˈyĕsh brəzhĭnˈskē)
, 1928–2017, American political scientist and public official, b. Warsaw, Poland, grad. Harvard (Ph.D, 1953). The son of a diplomat, he was raised in Canada and became (1958) a U.S. citizen. A professor of international relations at Harvard (1953–60), Columbia (1960–89), and Johns Hopkins (1989–2017), he was a Soviet specialist and an influential voice regarding political affairs in the Communist world. As President Carter
's national security adviser (1977–81), he advocated a hard line toward the USSR and was skeptical of détente
. In 1981 he resumed his academic career, writing extensively on U.S. strategic relations, the collapse of Communism, and America's security challenges.
See his memoirs, Power and Principle (1983); Ideology and Power in Soviet Politics (1962, repr., 1976), Between Two Ages (1970, repr. 1982), The Grand Failure (1989), The Grand Chessboard (1997), The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership (2004), Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower (2007), and Strategic Power: America and the Crisis of Global Power (2012); study by C. Gati, ed. (2013).
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