Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter's National Security Adviser, Dies

The fiery Warsaw-born Brzezinski was probably best known as President Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor from 1977 - 1981.

"His influence spanned several decades, and I was one of several Presidents who benefited from his wisdom and counsel", Obama said in a statement.

"Rosalynn (Carter's wife) and I are saddened", he said in a statement.

Becoming President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser immediately after Carter's inauguration, Brzezinski was confronted with many global conflicts throughout his tenure. He also helped the Carter White House navigate through the Iran hostage crisis and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

US President Jimmy Carter shakes hands with his national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, as he presents Brzezinski with the Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony in Washington, DC, on January 17, 1981.

Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin and National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski walk in Camp David 09 December 1978.

His death was announced on social media on Friday night by his daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.

"My father passed away peacefully tonight", Brzeziński's daughter Mika Brzeziński said on Twitter.

He remained a strong voice in regard to foreign policy upon leaving office, and he wrote a 1983 memoir about his Carter years, Power and Principle.

While critical of the Soviets' communist agenda, Brzezinski supported an improvement of ties between the USA and China.

He voiced support for USA policy in Vietnam in the mid-1960s, and served on the policy planning staff of President Lyndon Johnson's State Department. He moved to the United States and received a doctorate in government from Harvard in 1953. Brzezinski, during the early months of 1980, became convinced that negotiations to free the kidnapped Americans were going nowhere.

He also served as foreign affairs adviser to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

In 2011, he penned "Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power", arguing that United States strength overseas was key to global stability.

  • Leroy Wright