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Until his death, Brzezinski was a professor at Johns Hopkins University and worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.
A native of Poland, he was staunchly against the Soviet Union.
He was a driving force behind helping to arm Islamic troops fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan after its 1979 invasion.
Brzezinski was also influential in Carter’s efforts to normalize relations with China — even supporting their aid to Cambodian warlord Pol Pot to counter against the Soviet-backed Vietnam.
But the hawkish Democrat often clashed with Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Sr. Their quarrels led to Vance’s departure in April 1980. The top diplomat deemed his colleague “evil,” the New York Times reported in 2002.
Brzezinski was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1928, the son of a diplomat. His family fled to Canada in the buildup to World War II.