Antony J. Blinken

Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

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About the Speaker

Antony Blinken is the Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, as well as a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a global affairs analyst for CNN. From 2015 to 2017 he was Deputy Secretary of State, the nation’s number two diplomat, with responsibility for the fight against ISIL, the rebalance to Asia, and the global refugee crisis. 
Previously, Mr. Blinken served in the Obama White House as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor. In this position he chaired the interagency Deputies Committee, which serves as the administration’s principal forum for formulating foreign policy. During the Obama Administration’s first term, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden.
From 2002 to 2008 Mr. Blinken served as Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Earlier, as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs, he served as President Clinton’s principal advisor on relations with European countries, the European Union and NATO. He also worked as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Speechwriting and then Strategic Planning. Mr. Blinken began his government service in 1993 as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs.  
Mr. Blinken has practiced law in New York and Paris and worked as a reporter for The New Republic magazine. He has written about foreign policy for numerous publications, including The New York Times and Foreign Affairs, and is the author of Ally Versus Ally: America, Europe and the Siberian Pipeline Crisis (Praeger, 1987). Mr. Blinken is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, has a degree in law from Columbia Law School, and attended grade school and high school in Paris, France, where he received a French baccalaureate degree with high honors.