Tribute to Lt. General Brent Scowcroft


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Tribute to Lt. General Brent Scowcroft

RFG pays tribute to Lt. General Brent Scowcroft, a lifelong dedicated public servant who passed away on August 6, 2020. Known for his well-informed, balanced, and nonpartisan counsel, he was the only National Security Advisor to two presidents, and General Scowcroft served in additional advisory roles to U.S. presidents under both parties. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Robertson Foundation for Government for a nearly a decade until he retired his position in 2017.

“Working with General Scowcroft on our board was the greatest honor and privilege of my life,” said RFG Founding Chair and President William Robertson. “He seemed as humble as he was brilliant. He likely changed the course of history for the better, for our civilization. He will be missed and remembered for a very long time.”

As noted in a statement released from General Scowcroft’s office, “Informed by the philosophy he called “enlightened realism,” General Scowcroft recognized the essential – though not limitless – role US power and leadership could play in making the world a safer and more prosperous place. His legacy is set apart not just by his worldview, but also by the way he operated in the world.  Despite his military background, General Scowcroft held the belief that although military force is an important tool of statecraft, it is not a substitute for policy and diplomacy.  His thinking, which placed a premium on strategy, was guided by key principles, including the importance of history in shaping international affairs, the necessity of strong U.S. international leadership to ensure that a world of national disorder does not become chaos, the importance of gaining domestic and international support for U.S. leadership, and the utility of working through allies, coalitions, and international institutions.”

“He was an amazing individual who served his country with distinction but without fanfare,” said Gregori Lebedev, RFG Senior Advisor and Chair of the Advisory Board. “As we knew, he was both wise and kind, and brought unequaled global insights to America's leadership for more than half a century and shared the very same perspectives during his years of service as an Advisor to the Robertson Foundation for Government.” 

In 2019 General Scowcroft was designated an RFG Advisor Emeritus. The foundation honors General Scowcroft’s many contributions to the U.S. Government and people across America and around the world, and offers its condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Statement of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs on the passing of General Brent Scowcroft

Atlantic Council: Brent Scowcroft 1925 - 2020