CNN — Eduard Shevardnadze, whose political career seesawed between two extremes, has died, Georgia’s GHN news agency reported Monday. He was 86.Around the world, he was hailed as the man who helped end the Cold War. At home, he was the man whose resignation as president of Georgia was greeted by cheers and fireworks.Born in Georgia in 1928, he worked his way up the Communist Party chain until he became the foreign minister for the Soviet Union under President Mikhail Gorbachev.It was then that Gorbachev announced his policy of “perestroika,” or change, in the Soviet Union. Shevardnadze was the international face of it.Perestroika led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Shevardnadze helped broker the deal that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and he normalized Moscow’s ties with Washington.The breakup of the Soviet empire gave birth to many independent republics; Georgia was one of them.