A Tribute to Zbigniew Brzezinski
albright circle                                    Madeleine Albright
US Secretary of State (1997-2001)

“His absence will be felt, and his presence sorely missed, but Zbig’s ideas and his worldview will continue to influence the foreign policy debate for many years to come. In today’s complicated world, we need leaders like Zbig who are both thinkers and doers, who understand history and the need for America’s active involvement in world affairs.”

Jose-Manuel Barroso updatedGBE                                    Paula J. Dobriansky
Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (2001-2009)

“Zbigniew Brzezinski had a deep, lasting and positive impact on a wide range of crucial US foreign policy matters, including our relations with China, the Middle East, and the future of Central Europe. His brilliant strategic vision and enormous contributions in managing international crises will long endure as prime examples of extraordinary US statecraft.  I feel privileged to have worked with him.” 

Stuart-E.-Eizenstat                           Chuck Hagel
US Secretary of Defense (2013-2015)

“Zbig Brzezinski was one of those unique individuals who possessed both great strength and intellect as well compassion and decency. He’ll be missed by so many of us who relied on his wise counsel and friendship.”

Anders-Aslund-GBE                                    Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
Chairman, Atlantic Council
Governor of Utah (2005-2009)

“Zbigniew Brzezinski embodied the quintessence of strategic leadership. His sharp wit and discerning intellect were matched by his unwavering optimism to secure a better future—a cause he dedicated his life and career to. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Bajnai Gordon 2                                    Gen. James L. Jones, Jr. (ret.)
Chairman, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
US National Security Advisor (2009-2010)

“The nation has lost one of its most respected and listened to voices with the passing of Zbigniew. His contribution to the national security dialogue was critical to the culmination of the Cold War and to the freedom that Poland and other Eastern European countries enjoy today. His passion for democratic values and the freedom that comes with them will be long remembered by millions of people the world over.”

Thomas-Barrett                                    Henry Kissinger
US Secretary of State (1973-1977)

“Zbig was a seminal and inspirational figure in American thought on international affairs.”

Neil-R.-Brown                                    Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (ret.)
US National Security Advisor (1975-1977 and 1989-1993)

“America—and the world we inspire—has lost a remarkable statesman. Zbig had clear, articulate views on the large issues that defined the Cold War era and the still-turbulent phase we entered after 9/11. When Zbig spoke, without notes but in his characteristic complete paragraphs—a skill I envied—people listened and learned. He was a voice of conscience on intractable issues such as Middle East peace. I cherished our debates and the many occasions where, perhaps to the disappointment of conference organizers, we shared similar views. America has lost a wise advocate of our values. I have also lost a good friend.”

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