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Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1928-2017

Zbigniew Brzezinski has died aged 89. In this interview from 2008, Jonathan Power speaks to the former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter about Iran, the Cold War, and Putin's Russia

By Jonathan Power   February 2008

Zbigniew Brzezinski and Cyrus Vance in 1977. Photo: Jimmy Carter Library

Zbigniew Brzezinski remains, at 79, the feisty, acerbic figure he was when he served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser between 1977 and 1981. Back then he was seen as the man who gradually dissuaded Carter of his more pacific convictions. Brzezinski was responsible for the administration’s confrontational tone on the Soviet Union’s human rights failings. He argued within the White House for arming the Afghan mujahedin to fight the Soviets, even before the Red army…

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