UCF Global Perspectives


Remembering Zbigniew Brzezinski

John C. Bersia, Special Assistant to the President for Global Perspectives

May 31, 2017

The recent passing of senior statesman Zbigniew Brzezinski – who left a towering record of accomplishments as an academic and a practitioner – took me back to the last conversation I had with him several years ago. He and another former U.S. national security advisor, Brent Scowcroft, had just published a book titled America and the World, an astute and much-needed appeal for bipartisanship in U.S. foreign policy. I complimented Brzezinski on the work, as well as for the broader contributions he and Scowcroft, both in their 80s at the time, continued to make to international relations. He replied, “Well, we are like fine wine.” Indeed.

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