National security adviser Brzezinski dies at 89

Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, has died aged 89.

Like his predecessor Henry Kissinger, Brzezinski was a foreign-born scholar with considerable influence in global affairs.

Former President Carter said in a statement Friday night, "Rosalynn and I are saddened by the death of Zbigniew Brzezinski".

Brzezinski joined Carter's campaign as his principal foreign policy adviser in 1976 and as national security adviser from 1977-1981. He also helped the Carter White House navigate through the Iran hostage crisis and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

He was honored with he Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 for his work in the normalization of U.S. -China relationship and his contributions to US national security policies and human rights.

His death was announced on social media by his daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, but she did not give the cause of his death.

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"We can't have an intelligent foreign policy unless we have an intelligent public, because we're a democracy", Brzezinski said.

While critical of the Soviets' communist agenda, Brzezinski supported an improvement of ties between the USA and China. He then served as a counselor to Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency.

Brzezinski was born in Warsaw on March 28, 1928. Brzezinski characteristically favored military action to free the 52 American hostages and punish Iran. When Communists took power in Poland six years later, he retired and moved his family to a farm in the Canadian countryside.

Brzezinski received a doctorate from Harvard University in 1953 and became an American citizen in 1958.

As well as his daughter Mika, he is also survived by his wife, Emilie, and sons, Ian and Mark.

  • Leroy Wright