The Deputy Secretary Antony J. Blinken 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.

Election of the New Secretary General of OAS

Date: 03/18/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken meets with OAS Secretary General-elect Luis Almagro. - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Mar. 10): "Today’s election marks a very meaningful step forward in this journey to strengthen the OAS and fully realize its promise for all of our hemisphere’s citizens. The United States wishes to join our fellow member states in congratulating the Secretary General-elect and assuring him of our full support." Full Text»

Future of UN Peace Operations

Date: 03/10/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken delivers remarks at the U.S. Institute of Peace. © [Screenshot of video]

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Mar. 10): "When violence erupts or political transitions break down, UN peace operations are often the best tool we have to protect civilians, to stop the violence, to facilitate peace, and rebuild states and societies." Full Text»

Crisis in Ukraine

Date: 03/06/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary of State Antony ''Tony'' Blinken addresses reporters at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 6, 2015. - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Mar. 5): "This crisis that we face in Ukraine today not only challenges this great European construction project. In my judgment, and this is why we care so much about it, it also threatens the governing principles of the international order that we all have a stake in defending." Full Text» Photos» More on Travel»

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