Zbigniew Brzezinski, renowned political science analyst, policy adviser, diplomat, academic, longtime friend of Ukraine and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, died on 26 May 2017at the age of 89.
Dr. Brzezinski was born in Warsaw in 1928 in a family of diplomats. He became a US citizen in 1958. A graduate of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. he served as national security adviser from 1977 to 1981 in the administration of US President Jimmy Carter. He also served as adviser to presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Dr. Brzezinski is considered as one of the most influential American geo-strategists.
Zbigniew Brzezinski was the author of numerous studies in the areas of international relations and geopolitics. In addition to his brilliant political career, he had significant academic achievements. Brzezinski was on the faculty of Harvard University from 1953 to 1960, and of Columbia University from 1960 to 1989 where he headed the Institute on Communist Affairs. He supported a policy of Soviet containment and strongly advocated NATO expansion to the east.
Zbigniew Brzezinski advocated the involvement of former Soviet republics into NATO during the years after the fall of the Soviet Union. He believed in Ukrainian de-communization as a major achievement for ideological sovereignty. After the Russian aggression against Ukraine, he expressed support for Ukrainian territorial integrity many times publicly, and defended the need in US full support for Ukraine.
The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy community expresses sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Brzezinski.
May he Rest in Peace!