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.


Remarks at Council on Foreign Relations

Apr. 15: Deputy Secretary Blinken talks about strategic issues following his recent trip to the Middle East and the Maghreb at Council on Foreign Relations. Full Text»


U.S.-Japan Partnership

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Apr. 14): "This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II – a time to reflect on the remarkable story of two former adversaries who have become the closest of allies and friends." Full Text»


U.S.-Lebanon Relationship

Date: 04/06/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut, Lebanon, on April 6, 2015.  - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Apr. 6): "The United States has a deep and enduring commitment to Lebanon and to its people. The strength of our relationship is anchored in the values we share—our belief in education, individualism, human dignity, and liberty: in the freedom of faith, the freedom of expression, and the vibrancy of a free market." Full Text»




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