Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter’s national security adviser, dies at 89

Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski in 2007

Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, has died aged 89.

Mr Brzezinski “passed away peacefully” in Virginia on Friday evening, his daughter Mika said on social media.

President Carter paid tribute to him as a “superb public servant”.

After leaving office, Mr Brzenzinski worked as an author and academic into his 80s, endorsing Barack Obama and becoming a vocal critic of his successor, President Donald Trump.

One of his last tweets, sent in February, dryly noted: “Do we even have a foreign policy right now?”

The “inquisitive and innovative” son of a Polish diplomat, Mr Brzezinski was a “natural choice” as national security adviser, Mr Carter said in his tribute.

“He played an essential role in all the key foreign policy events of my administration, including normalisation of relations with China, signing of the SALT II treaty [on arms control], brokering the Camp David Accords [on Middle East peace], and the Panama Canal treaties, among others,” he wrote.

“He was brilliant, dedicated, and loyal, and remained a close adviser to my work at The Carter Center. I will miss him.”

During the Iranian hostage crisis, Mr Brzezinski was also a leading force behind the failed US commando rescue mission, having come to believe negotiations would not work.

The American and Israeli teams meeting at Camp David, Maryland, USA, during the summit, which resulted in the Camp David Accords, 17th September 1978. At the meeting are: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (1913 - 1992, second from left), American National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski (centre), US President Jimmy Carter (second from left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan (1915 - 1981). Also visible behind Carter is US Vice President Walter Mondale.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionMr Brzezinski (middle, with Jimmy Carter, second right) during the 1978 summit which resulted in the Camp David Accords

After President Carter lost to Ronald Regan in 1981, Mr Brzezinski turned to other things, including becoming a consultant on international affairs and a senior adviser for the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

He also taught American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University.

Sharing a picture of her father on Instagram, Ms Brzezinski, a journalist, wrote: “He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her life.

“I just knew him as the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have.”