Cold War Intelligentsia

The Ascendancy of Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger


  • Janet Stefanov


This essay, composed for a first-year writing seminar on 20th century foreign policy, compares the biographies of Kissinger and Brzezinski as elite immigrant academics in the Cold War era. The author finds that both men’s immigrant backgrounds played critical roles in informing their evaluation of the United States’ political policy regarding Soviet communism. 

For additional context, listen to the author's reflection on the piece below.

Author Biography

Janet Stefanov

Janet Stefanov is a member of Vanderbilt's Class of 2022.

Author's Reflection



How to Cite

Stefanov, J. (2019). Cold War Intelligentsia: The Ascendancy of Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger. SCAFFOLD: A SHOWCASE OF VANDERBILT FIRST-YEAR WRITING, 1. Retrieved from