Antony Blinken
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Antony Blinken

Democrat

U.S. Secretary of State

United States
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Antony Blinken

U.S. Secretary of State
Summary
Experience
59
Years of Age
10
Years of Experience
NYResidence (state)

Antony John Blinken (born April 16, 1962) is an American government official and diplomat serving as the 71st United States secretary of state since January 26, 2021. He previously served as deputy national security advisor from 2013 to 2015 and deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017 under President Barack Obama.During the Clinton administration, Blinken served in the State Department and in senior positions on the National Security Council from 1994 to 2001. He was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2001 to 2002. He advocated for the 2003 invasion of Iraq while serving as the Democratic staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2002 to 2008. He was a foreign policy advisor for Joe Biden's unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, before advising the Obama–Biden presidential transition. From 2009 to 2013, Blinken served as deputy assistant to the president and national security advisor to the vice president. During his tenure in the Obama administration, he helped craft U.S. policy on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the nuclear program of Iran. After leaving government service, Blinken moved into the private sector, co-founding WestExec Advisors, a consulting firm.

Experience

Education

  (1 - 2 of 5)  
Columbia Law School
Juris Doctor
1985 - 1988
Harvard University
Dalton School
1971
École Jeannine Manuel
Harvard College
Bachelor of Arts
1980 - 1984

Past Positions

  (1 - 2 of 6)  
Secretary of State
United States Department of State
2021 - Current
Deputy Secretary of State
United States Department of State
2015 - 2017
Deputy National Security Advisor
2013 - 2015
National Security Advisor to the Vice President
2009 - 2013
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs
1999 - 2001
Democratic Staff Director
Foreign Relations Committee, United States Senate
2002 - 2008