American Politician and Strategist and former National Security Advisor to Carter Administration
Zbigniew Brzezinski was a councilor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, and later as National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981). As National Security Advisor, Brzezinski made great strides towards the successful normalization of relations between the US and China, making both secret and public trips to Beijing and consolidating a personal relationship with Deng Xiaoping. This resulted in normalization of diplomatic relationship between the two countries.
For his effort in normalization of Sino-US diplomatic relationship and support for human rights, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He also served the Carter Administration in the signing of the Second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty with the Soviet Union and the negotiation of the Camp David Accords. In the years after leaving the White House, Brzezinski counseled several presidencies on a wide range of issues.
Brzezinski has earned numerous awards, honorary degrees, and has authored many books and publications on a range of issues. His expertise in the fields of national security, international relations and political science has earned him a strong and respected reputation, being called by President Obama as “one of our most outstanding thinkers.” He is currently a Counselor and Trustee for the Center for International and Strategic Studies at Georgetown University, co-chairing the Advisory Board. Brzezinski is also a senior researcher at the School for International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.
Brzezinski has made major contributions in both action and thought towards the overall US foreign policy towards China, paving the way for the rekindling of cooperation between the two great nations.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the winners of the Third US China Outstanding Contribution Award 2014, holding the award presented by Brian McElroy, President of the US China Business Association, at his office at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC on Feb. 27th, 2015.