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April 2, 2004
Zbigniew Brzezinski To Speak at Library of Congress On April 22
Will Discuss His Latest Book on Global Leadership
Zbigniew Brzezinski, whom The Washington Post calls "one of the nation's most important voices on foreign policy," will discuss his latest book, "The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership" (Basic Books: 2004), at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 22, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, which is sponsored by the Library's John W. Kluge Center, is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
In "The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership," Brzezinski encourages the United States, in its role as the world's only superpower, to work effectively with other nations to achieve its ends. He contends that the current administration was ill-advised when it attempted to impose its view of Iraq on reluctant allies and that it will regain its leadership role only when it is able to put together a strong alliance of support. In addition, he believes that "an essentially multilateralist Europe and a somewhat unilateralist America make for a perfect global marriage of convenience. ... Neither America nor Europe could do as well without the other. Together, they are the core of global stability."
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981, is now counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Robert E. Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of numerous books on American foreign policy and international relations, including "The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives" (1997); "Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the 21st Century" (1993); and "Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era" (1970).
Brzezinski was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 "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," and in 1988 he co-chaired the Bush National Security Advisory Task Force.
Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world's best thinkers to stimulate, energize and distill wisdom from the Library's rich resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about any of the fellowships, grants and programs offered by the John W. Kluge Center, contact the Office of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, DC 20540-4860; telephone (202) 707-3302, fax (202) 707-3595, or visit the Web at www.loc.gov/kluge.
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