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The paranoid Pole

Zbigniew Brzezinski belongs to that realist school of geopoliticians whose advice is best ignored. His hard-headed approach to American hegemony masks an irrational hatred and fear of Russia

By Anatol Lieven   May 1998

The greater the influence of Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former US national security adviser, the more unhappy we all should be. On a whole range of issues, his thinking is not just wrong but almost perversely wrong-headed. With grim, bulldog determination he snarls and worries at enemies already moribund, and pursues false priorities up imaginary trees. His approach also illustrates some of the key failings of his “realist” school of international relations.

It is not that the intention of his new book, The Grand Chessboard, is itself illegitimate. On the contrary, there is a real need for clear thinking in the…

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