Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-2017

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Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski was born on March 28, 1928 in Warsaw, Poland. His father was Polish consul-general in Montreal during World War II. After the communists seized control of the Polish government in 1945, his family remained in Canada. He received a B.A. and M.A. from McGill University in 1949 and 1950, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1953. He remained at Harvard, first as a research fellow at the Russian Research Center, 1953 to 1956, and then as assistant professor of government, 1956 to 1960. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1958. In 1960 Brzezinski moved to Columbia University, where he was an associate professor of public law and government, and a member of the faculty of the Research Institute in Communist Affairs, 1960 to 1962. He was promoted to full professor in 1962, and became director of the Research Institute in Communist Affairs (later the Research Institute on International Change), serving with both until 1977. Brzezinski was a member of the Joint Committee on Contemporary China of the Social Science Research Council, from 1961 to 1962. In 1964 he was a member of the steering committee of Young Citizens for Johnson, and from 1966 to 1968 he was a member of the Department of State's Policy Planning Council. In 1973 he became director of the Trilateral Commission and recruited the generally unknown governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter for membership. He served as director until 1976, when he became Carter's principal adviser on foreign policy issues during the 1976 presidential campaign. He served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in the Carter White House from 1977 to 1981, and an official of the National Security Council from 1977 to 1981. After the Carter presidency, Brzezinski served as a consultant to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in 1981, and returned to teaching at Columbia, 1981 to 1989. In 1989 he was a professor at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and was a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1987 to 1991. He wrote a number of books on international affairs, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 and The Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest civilian decoration, in 1995.

From the description of Brzezinski, Zbigniew K., 1928- (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10581849

Zbigniew K. Brzezinski (1928- ), professor, government official, author born in Warsaw, Poland. From 1973-1976 served as director of the Trilateral Commission, a private organization founded to promote closer cooperation among North America, Western Europe, and Japan. During the Carter administration, Brzezinski served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (1977-1981).

From the description of Zbigniew K. Brzezinski subject files, 1977-1981. (Jimmy Carter Library). WorldCat record id: 38476261

From the description of Trilateral Commission files, 1972-1981. (Jimmy Carter Library). WorldCat record id: 38476259

From the description of Zbigniew K. Brzezinski collection, 1972-1981. (Jimmy Carter Library). WorldCat record id: 38476258

From the description of Zbigniew K. Brzezinski geographic files, 1977-1981. (Jimmy Carter Library). WorldCat record id: 38476260

Foreign policy advisor, political scientist, educator, and author. Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1928, Zbigniew Brzezinski moved with his family to Canada in 1938 and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1958. Brzezinski taught at Harvard and Columbia University and later became foreign policy advisor to the Jimmy Carter presidential campaign. From 1977 until 1981, Brzezinski served as national security advisor in the Carter administration. He then returned to teaching and also held a position at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.

From the description of Sound recordings and other material from the Zbigniew Brzezinski papers, circa 1979-2008 (bulk 1979-1997). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 580252905

Foreign policy advisor, political scientist, educator, and author. Full name: Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski.

From the description of Zbigniew Brzezinski papers (primary record), 1798-2009 (bulk 1952-2007). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984736

From the description of Zbigniew Brzezinski papers : Part II, 1798-2009 (bulk 1960-2007). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 615352397

From the description of Zbigniew Brzezinski papers : Part I, 1941-2002 (bulk 1952-2002). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 615352384

Biographical Note

Foreign policy advisor, political scientist, educator, and author. Full name: Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, on March 28, 1928, Zbigniew Brzezinski moved with his family to Canada in 1938 and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1958. Dr. Brzezinski served as instructor and assistant professor at Harvard, 1953-1960, and as assistant professor and professor at Columbia University, 1962-1977. While still at Columbia, he served as the first director of the Trilateral Commission from 1973 until 1976, which led to his position as foreign policy advisor to the Jimmy Carter presidential campaign. From 1977 until 1981, Brzezinski served as national security advisor within the Carter administration. He returned to his professorship at Columbia in 1981 and continued there until moving to Johns Hopkins University in 1989. In 1981, Brzezinski also accepted a position as counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Sound recordings and other material from the Zbigniew Brzezinski papers, circa 1979-2008, 1979-1997, (Recorded Sound Reference Center, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Library of Congress)

Biographical Note

  • 1928, Mar. 28: Born, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1938: Moved to Canada with his family following the appointment of his father as Polish consul-general in Montreal
  • 1949: B.A., McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • 1950: M.A., McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • 1953: Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1953 - 1956 : Instructor and research fellow, Russian Research Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1955: Married Emilie Benes
  • 1956 - 1960 : Assistant professor of government and research associate, Russian Research Center and Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1956: Published The Permanent Purge: Politics in Soviet Totalitarianism. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press Published with Carl J. Friedrich Totalitarian Dictatorship and Autocracy. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press
  • 1958: Naturalized United States citizen
  • 1960 - 1962 : Associate professor of public law and government, Columbia University, New York, N. Y. Faculty member, Russian Institute, Columbia University, New York, N. Y.
  • 1960: Published The Soviet Bloc: Unity and Conflict. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press
  • 1962 - 1977 : Professor of public law and government, Columbia University, New York, N. Y. Director, Research Institute on International Change (formerly Research Institute of Communist Affairs), Columbia University, New York, N. Y. Faculty member, Russian Institute, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1962: Published Ideology and Power in Soviet Politics. New York: Praeger
  • 1964: Published with Samuel P. Huntington Political Power: USA/USSR. New York: Viking Press Edited Africa and the Communist World. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press
  • 1965: Published Alternative to Partition: For a Broader Conception of America's Role in Europe. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • 1966 - 1968 : Member, Policy Planning Council, Department of State, Washington, D.C.
  • 1968: Foreign policy advisor, presidential campaign of Hubert H. Humphrey
  • 1970: Published Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era. New York: Viking Press
  • 1972: Published The Fragile Blossom: Crisis and Change in Japan. New York: Harper and Row
  • 1973 - 1976 : Director, Trilateral Commission
  • 1975 - 1976 : Principal foreign policy advisor, presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter
  • 1977 - 1981 : Assistant to the president for national security affairs National Security Council official
  • 1981 - 1989 : Professor of public law and government; director, Research Institute on International Change, Columbia University, New York, N. Y.
  • 1981 - : Counselor, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.
  • 1983: Published Power and Principle: Memoirs of the National Security Advisor, 1977-1981. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux
  • 1986: Published Game Plan: A Geostrategic Framework for the Conduct of the U.S.-Soviet Contest. Boston, Mass.: Atlantic Monthly Press
  • 1989: Published The Grand Failure: The Birth and Death of Communism in the Twentieth Century. New York: Scribner
  • 1989 - : Robert E. Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1993: Published Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the Twenty-First Century. New York: Scribner
  • 1997: Published The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives. New York: Basic Books
  • 2004: Published The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership. New York: Basic Books
  • 2007: Published Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower. New York: Basic Books
  • 2008: Published with Brent Scowcroft America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy. New York: Basic Books

From the guide to the Zbigniew Brzezinski Papers, 1798-2009, (bulk 1952-2007), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 10/5/78
creatorOf Zbigniew Brzezinski Collection. 1972 - 1981. Zbigniew Brzezinski Trilateral Commission Correspondence
creatorOf Zbigniew Brzezinski Collection. 1972 - 1981. Trilateral Commission Correspondence File
creatorOf Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-. Zbigniew K. Brzezinski geographic files, 1977-1981. Jimmy Carter Library
creatorOf University of Virginia. University News Office. Recordings of University events [manuscript], 1975-1985. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Records of the Office of the National Security Advisor (Carter Administration). 1977 - 1981. Zbigniew Brzezinski's Trip Files
creatorOf Zbigniew Brzezinski Collection. 1972 - 1981. Zbigniew Brzezinski Trilateral Commission Chronological File
creatorOf Zbigniew Brzezinski Collection. 1972 - 1981. Geographic File
referencedIn Monterey Public Library. California History Room. Distinguished visitors clippings 1903-2007. Monterey Public Library
referencedIn Michael Josselson Papers TXRC98-A0., 1914-1991, (bulk 1960-1978) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Zbigniew Brzezinski Collection. 1972 - 1981. Gerard Smith Trilateral Commission File
creatorOf Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-. Zbigniew K. Brzezinski subject files, 1977-1981. Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn Stewart Hensley Papers, 1936-1975, (bulk 1942-1975) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
creatorOf Friedrich, Carl J. (Carl Joachim), 1901-1984. Notes for Government 1b and 1a, October 1956-May 1957. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-. Zbigniew Brzezinski papers : Part II, 1798-2009 (bulk 1960-2007). Library of Congress
creatorOf Josselson, Michael. Michael Josselson Papers, 1914-1991 (bulk 1960-1978). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Records of District Courts of the United States. 1685 - 2009. Petitions and Records of Naturalization. 12/1790 - 2/1991. Petition for Naturalization of Zbigniew Brzezinski
referencedIn New York Times Company records. A.M. Rosenthal papers, 1955-1994, 1967-1986 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Altschul, Frank, 1887-1981. Frank Altschul papers, 1900-1981. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-. Sound recordings and other material from the Zbigniew Brzezinski papers, circa 1979-2008 (bulk 1979-1997). Library of Congress
referencedIn Starobin, Joseph R. (Joseph Robert), 1913-1976. Papers, 1932-1979. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 11/5/80
referencedIn Records of the Central Intelligence Agency. 1894 - 2002. Moving Images Relating to Intelligence and International Relations. 1947 - 1984. Anwar Sadat Visit to Washington
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 8/6/79 [1]
referencedIn Yevtushenko, Yevgeny Aleksandrovich, 1933-. Papers, ca. 1920-1999, ca. 1945-1997 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Sound recordings and other material from the Zbigniew Brzezinski papers, circa 1979-2008, 1979-1997 Recorded Sound Reference Center, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Stanford University Press archival book copies, 1900-2012 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-. Zbigniew Brzezinski papers : Part I, 1941-2002 (bulk 1952-2002). Library of Congress
referencedIn Odom, William E. William E. Odom papers, 1918-1992 (bulk 1977-1988). Library of Congress
creatorOf Zbigniew Brzezinski Collection. 1972 - 1981. Subject File
creatorOf Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-. Zbigniew Brzezinski papers (primary record), 1798-2009 (bulk 1952-2007). Library of Congress
referencedIn William E. Odom Papers, 1918-1992, (bulk 1977-1988) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Grayson Louis Kirk Papers, 1958-1984. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 6/7/77
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 6/4/80
referencedIn Vance, Cyrus R. (Cyrus Roberts), 1917-2002. Cyrus R. Vance and Grace Sloane Vance papers, 1919-2005 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Rubin, Vera D. Records of the Jamaica Peace Corps Training Program 1962 1961-1982 (bulk 1962-1962). New York University. Archives.
Zbigniew Brzezinski Collection
referencedIn Records of the Jamaica Peace Corps Training Program, Bulk, 1962, Bulk, 1962 1961-1982 New York University. Archives.
creatorOf Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-. Trilateral Commission files, 1972-1981. Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn Cyrus R. and Grace Sloane Vance papers, 1919-2005 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Records of the Office of the National Security Advisor (Carter Administration). 1977 - 1981. Zbigniew Brzezinski's Subject Files. 1977 - 1981. Memcons: Brzezinski, Zbigniew: 1/77-6/79
referencedIn Hensley, Stewart, 1913-1976. Stewart Hensley papers, 1936-1975 (bulk 1942-1975). Library of Congress
referencedIn Odom, William E. Papers, 1972-1990 (bulk 1977-1988). Library of Congress
creatorOf Records of the 1976 Campaign Committee to Elect Jimmy Carter . 1976 - 1976. Stuart Eizenstat's Subject Files. 1976 - 1976. Defense, 2/74-10/76 [1-5]
referencedIn Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. Oral history collection, 1919-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Freedom House (U.S.). Freedom House archives, 1936-1997. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Boris Souvarine papers, 1915-1984 (inclusive), 1940-1984 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State. 1788 - 1991. Unclassified Central Subject Files
creatorOf Jimmy Carter Library. Documents related to the Crown of St. Stephen, [manuscript] [1977-1981] / Jimmy Carter Library. Indiana University
creatorOf Zbigniew Brzezinski Papers, 1798-2009, (bulk 1952-2007) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
creatorOf Kirk, Grayson L. (Grayson Louis), 1903-1997. Grayson Kirk papers, ca. 1958-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Tom McCall Forum Collection, 1982-2007 Pacific University Archives
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-. Zbigniew K. Brzezinski collection, 1972-1981. Jimmy Carter Library
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correspondedWith Adelman, Kenneth L. person
correspondedWith Adelman, Kenneth L. person
correspondedWith Albright, Madeleine Korbel person
associatedWith Albright, Madeleine Korbel. person
correspondedWith Allen, Richard V. person
correspondedWith Allen, Richard V. person
associatedWith Altschul, Frank, 1887-1981. person
associatedWith American-Ukrainian Advisory Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith American-Ukrainian Advisory Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith American-Ukrainian Advisory Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith AmeriCares. corporateBody
associatedWith Arafat, Yasir, 1929-2004. person
correspondedWith Aspin, Les person
associatedWith Berger, Samuel R. person
correspondedWith Bergsten, C. Fred, 1941- person
correspondedWith Brown, Harold, 1927- person
associatedWith Brzezinski family. family
associatedWith Brzezinski family. family
associatedWith Brzezinski family. family
associatedWith Brzezinski, Tadeusz. person
associatedWith Bush, George, 1924- person
associatedWith Carter, Billy. person
associatedWith Carter, Jimmy, 1924- person
associatedWith Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Christopher, Warren person
associatedWith Clinton, Bill, 1946- person
associatedWith Columbia University corporateBody
associatedWith Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Council on Foreign Relations. corporateBody
associatedWith Deng, Xiaoping, 1904-1997. person
correspondedWith Freedom House (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Friedrich, Carl J. (Carl Joachim), 1901-1984. person
associatedWith Georgetown University. Center for Strategic and International Studies. corporateBody
correspondedWith Giedroyc, Jerzy person
correspondedWith Giedroyc, Jerzy person
associatedWith Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich, 1931- person
correspondedWith Griffith, William E. person
correspondedWith Griffith, William E. person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
correspondedWith Hensley, Stewart, 1913-1976. person
correspondedWith Holbrooke, Richard C. person
correspondedWith Holbrooke, Richard C., 1941-2010. person
correspondedWith Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 person
correspondedWith Huntington, Samuel P. person
correspondedWith Huntington, Samuel P. person
associatedWith Jamestown Foundation (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jimmy Carter Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005 person
employeeOf Johns Hopkins University corporateBody
employeeOf Johns Hopkins University. School of Advanced International Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Josselson, Michael. person
associatedWith Josselson, Michael, 1908-1978 person
associatedWith Kirk, Grayson L. (Grayson Louis), 1903-1997. person
correspondedWith Kissinger, Henry, 1923- person
correspondedWith Kissinger, Henry, 1923- person
correspondedWith Lake, Anthony person
correspondedWith Lake, Anthony person
associatedWith Monterey Public Library. California History Room. corporateBody
associatedWith National Endowment for Democracy (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Security Council (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994. person
associatedWith North American Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith North Atlantic Treaty Organization. corporateBody
correspondedWith Nowak, Jan, 1913- person
correspondedWith Odom, William E. person
associatedWith Odom, William E. person
correspondedWith Owen, Henry, 1920- person
associatedWith Polish-American Enterprise Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Public International Law and Policy Group. Balkan Action Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Rice, Condoleezza, 1954- person
correspondedWith Rockefeller, David, 1915- person
associatedWith Roman family. family
associatedWith Roman family. family
associatedWith Roman family. family
associatedWith Rosenthal, A. M. (Abraham Michael), 1922-2006 person
associatedWith Rubin, Vera D. person
correspondedWith Safire, William, 1929-2009 person
correspondedWith Scowcroft, Brent person
associatedWith Scowcroft, Brent. person
associatedWith Shultz, George Pratt, 1920- person
associatedWith Smith, Gerard C. person
correspondedWith Souvarine, Boris. person
associatedWith Stanford University. Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Starobin, Joseph R. (Joseph Robert), 1913-1976. person
associatedWith Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. corporateBody
associatedWith Strategic Arms Limitation Talks II. corporateBody
correspondedWith Thatcher, Margaret person
correspondedWith Thatcher, Margaret person
associatedWith Tom McCall Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Trilateral Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Chemical Warfare Review Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of State. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. President (1977-1981 : Carter) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Rapid Deployment Force. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Virginia. University News Office. corporateBody
correspondedWith Vance, Cyrus R. (Cyrus Roberts), 1917-2002 person
associatedWith Vance, Grace Sloane, 1918- person
associatedWith Wałęsa, Lech, 1943- person
associatedWith Yevtushenko, Yevgeny person
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Presidents--United States--Election--1968
Presidents--United States--Election--1988
Presidents--United States--Election--1976
International economic relations
Arms control
Arab--Israeli conflict
Presidents--Election--1988
Nuclear arms control
Presidents--/Election--1972
National security--20th century
Iraq War, 2003-
Statesmen
Presidents--Poland--Election
Nuclear arms control--United States
Presidents--Election--1976
Presidents--Election
Nuclear arms control--Soviet Union
National security--United States
National security
Presidents--Elections--1968
Diplomatic and consular service, Polish
Statesmen--United States
Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981
Iraq War, 2003-2011
Terrorism
Peace-building--Middle East
Presidents--United States--Election--1972
Cold War
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
Peace-building
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Educators--United States
Educators
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Birth 1928-03-28

Death 2017-05-26

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