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Q&A with former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski

Foreign-policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski discussed the response to US calls for political change in Egypt, his rating of President Obama's foreign policy, and GOP threats to cut US foreign aid at a Feb. 10 Monitor breakfast.

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Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC, Feb. 10.

Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science Monitor

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Foreign-policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski was President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser. He currently is counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Brzezinski was the guest speaker at the Feb. 10 Monitor breakfast in Washington, D.C.

The response to US calls for political change in Egypt:

"There is a lot of resentment – not just in Egypt, but in the world – about this kind of self-righteousness of America on a number of issues, which seems to be telling other countries how to run their domestic affairs at a time when one cannot entirely say our own domestic affairs are most effectively conducted."

How the protests in Egypt differ from the Solidarity movement in Poland, which the US supported:

"In the case of Solidarity, you had an alliance between trade unions, intellectuals, the church.... So we knew what we were doing. The problem in Egypt is that we have an amorphous mass that is rebelling against a dictatorship.... Our sympathies are with them. But how do we translate that into a democratic takeover?... A political process of some sort [is needed] unless you want to have just bloodshed in the streets."

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