Zbigniew Brzezinski served as the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. The Polish-born strategist was known for his handling of the US response to the Iranian revolution, the SALT II treaty, the Camp David Accords, as well as US/China relations during the late 1970’s. Brzezinski was known for his strong stance against the Soviet Union, which was highlighted by his support of the Shah of Iran and his response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Brzezinski formed the strategy of working with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to fund the mujaheddin’s fight against the Soviets. Many consider Brzenzinski’s strategy actually lead to the formation of al Qaeda, which came into power following the Soviets removal from Afghanistan in the late 1980’s.
A slightly hawkish advisor, Brzezinski continued to serve, in different capacities, in every administration from President Reagan to Clinton. He is currently a professor of foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.
Suggested Readings and Resources
The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, New York: Basic Books (October 1997)
The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership, Basic Books (March 2004)