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Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies

27 May 2017

The former National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter Zbigniew Brzezinski has died Friday at a hospital in northern Virginia.

His death was announced on Friday by his daughter, Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of the MSNBC program "Morning Joe".

As national security adviser, Brzezinski, who Carter plucked from the academic world, saw numerous Soviet Union's foreign policy moves as evidence it could not be trusted.

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Vice President George H.W. Bush, trying to build up his own image as a tough foreign policy realist, considered it a coup to secure Brzezinski's support in his 1988 presidential campaign.

The Polish-American diplomat was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 for his role in the normalization of U.S.

In December 1976, Carter offered Brzezinski the position of national security adviser.

Brzezinski, a US global relations scholar, studied at McGill University in Montreal and earned a doctorate degree in political science at Harvard University. He also taught American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University.

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Brzezinski was at times critical of the foreign policies of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

But the Carter years were also defined by the Iranian hostage crisis, which came to symbolize the administration's failures and frustrations.

Brzezinski was born in 1928 in Poland.

- Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) May 27, 2017Chief at the helm!

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He took part in the long-awaited reunification of Europe as a delegate to proceedings created to bring the former Soviet republics into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.