Zbigniew Brzezinski

Trustee and Counselor, Center for Strategic & International Studies; and Robert E. Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy, the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University , Washington , DC.

From 1977 to 1981, National Security Adviser to the President of the United States . In 1981, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom “for his role in the normalization of U.S.-Chinese relations and for his contributions to the human rights and national security policies of the United States .”

Other Current Activities

Public and Pro Bono
Honorary Chairman, AmeriCares Foundation (a private philanthropic humanitarian aid organization); Co-Chairman, American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus; Member, Board of Trustees, International Crisis Group; Trustee, Trilateral Commission (a cooperative American-European-Japanese forum); Member, Board of Directors, Polish-American Enterprise Fund and of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation; Member, Honorary Board of American Friends of Rabin Medical Center; Chairman, International Advisory Board for the Yale Project on “The Culture & Civilization of China”; Member, International Honorary Committee, Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, etc.

Private Sector
International adviser to major U.S./global corporations; frequent participant in annual business/trade conventions; also a frequent public speaker, commentator on major domestic and foreign TV programs, and contributor to domestic and foreign newspapers and journals.

Past Activities

U.S. Government
1966-68, Member of the Policy Planning Council of the Department of State; 1985, Member of the President’s Chemical Warfare Commission; 1987-88, Member of the NSC-Defense Department Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy; 1987-89, Member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (a Presidential commission to oversee U.S. intelligence activities).

Public and Political
1973-76, Director of the Trilateral Commission; in the 1968 presidential campaign, chairman of the Humphrey Foreign Policy Task Force; in the 1976 presidential campaign, principal foreign policy adviser to Jimmy Carter. In 1988, co-chairman of the Bush National Security Advisory Task Force. Past Member of Boards of Directors of Amnesty International, Council on Foreign Relations, Atlantic Council, the National Endowment for Democracy. 2004, Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored Independent Task Force , Iran : Time for a New Approach.

Academic
On the faculty of Columbia University 1960-89; on the faculty of Harvard University 1953-60. Ph.D., Harvard University , 1953; B.A. and M.A., McGill University 1949 and 1950. His most recent book, SECOND CHANCE: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower was published in Spring 2007. He is also the author of THE CHOICE: Global Domination or Global Leadership; THE GRAND CHESSBOARD: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives; the best-selling THE GRAND FAILURE: The Birth and Death of Communism in the 20 th Century , as well as of OUT OF CONTROL: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the 21 st Century; GAME PLAN: How to Conduct the U.S.-Soviet Contest; POWER AND PRINCIPLE: Memoirs of the National Security Adviser, 1977-1981; THE FRAGILE BLOSSOM: Crisis and Change in Japan; BETWEEN TWO AGES: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era; THE SOVIET BLOC: Unity and Conflict; and of other books and many articles in numerous U.S. and foreign academic journals



General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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