President Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, has died

President Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, has died

President Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, has died

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, died Friday night, his daughter has confirmed.

"He was brilliant, dedicated, and loyal, and remained a close advisor to my work at The Carter Center", former President Carter said in a statement.

From 1977 to 1981, Brzezinski was national security adviser to Carter at a time when the Cold War with the former Soviet Union was in full swing.

The Iranian hostage crisis, which began in 1979, came to dramatise America's waning global power and influence and to symbolise the failures and frustrations of the Carter administration.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 for his work in helping to normalise relations between China and the US.

Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, right, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing July 9, 2014 in Washington.

His daughter, Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe", announced her father's death on social media.

He voiced support for US policy in Vietnam in the mid-1960s, and served on the policy planning staff of President Lyndon Johnson's State Department.

Brzezinski is survived by his wife of 62 years, Czech-American sculptor Emilie Benes, as well their three children and five grandchildren.

He was born in Warsaw, Poland, and became a naturalized United States citizen in 1958. "He helped me set vital foreign policy goals, was a source of stimulation for the departments of defence and state, and everyone valued his opinion".

Brzezinski was plucked by Carter from the academic world and saw numerous Soviet Union's foreign policy moves as evidence it could not be trusted. Mr Brzezinski, during the early months of 1980, became convinced that negotiations to free the kidnapped Americans were going nowhere.

"He, like his fellow war criminal Henry Kissinger ushered in the Neocons' New World Era which resulted in Neocons controlling both Democrat and Republican foreign policy and almost 40 years of American War, war crimes and outright banditry around the globe", he told Press TV.

Since his days as a student at McGill University and later Harvard University where he studied Soviet politics, Brzezinski went on to become a powerful voice against Soviet power.

In a 2011 book, "Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power", Brzezinski argued in favor of strengthening the U.S. presence overseas to maintain global stability.

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