Former National Security Advisor
Current Counselor and Trustee, Center for Strategic and International Development, Washington, D.C.
From 1977 to 1981 Dr. Brzezinski was national security advisor to the president of the United States. In 1981, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom “for his role in the normalization of U.S.-Chinese relations and for his contributions to the human rights and national security policies of the United States.”
Before his government service, Dr. Brzezinski was on the faculty of Harvard University (1953-60) and Columbia University (1960-69). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from McGill and his doctorate from Harvard.
Dr. Brzezinski is a frequent public speaker, commentator on major domestic and foreign TV programs, and contributor to domestic and foreign newspapers and journals. He is a prolific author. His most recent book is America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy, coauthored with Brent Scowcroft and moderated by David Ignatius. He is also the author of Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower; The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership; The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives; the best-selling The Grand Failure: The Birth and Death of Communism in the 20th Century; Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the 21st Century; Game Plan: How to Conduct the U.S.-Soviet Contest; Power and Principle: Memoirs of the National Security Adviser, 1977-1981; The Fragile Blossom: Crisis and Change in Japan; Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era; The Soviet Bloc: Unity and Conflict; and other books and many articles in numerous U.S. and foreign academic journals.