The Deputy Secretary, William J. Burns serves as the principal deputy, adviser, and alter ego to the Secretary of State; serves as Acting Secretary of State in the Secretary's absence; and assists the Secretary in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy and in giving general supervision and direction to all elements of the Department. Specific duties and supervisory responsibilities have varied over time.

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Countering ISIL

Deputy Secretary Burns (Sept. 29): "ISIL is obviously not the only source of disorder in the Middle East today. But it is one of the most immediate, and most poisonous." Full Text»

U.S. and India

Date: 07/10/2014 Description: Deputy Secretary William J. Burns has press gaggle outside of Ministry of Finance in New Delhi, India. - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Burns (July 10): "As the world’s two largest democracies, and as two of the world’s largest economies, the United States and India share an interest in each other’s success. The success of our partnership can contribute enormously to a safer and more prosperous world." Full Text» More»

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