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Deputy Secretary of State

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.

Global Business Coalition for Education Breakfast

Date: 09/29/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken Addresses the Global Business Coalition for Education Breakfast in New York City - State Dept ImageDeputy Secretary Blinken (Sept. 29): "It’s a time when events in the world literally threaten to overwhelm us, and yet despite that, your steadfast engagement on education—especially in emergencies—keeps this vitally important issue exactly where it needs to be, which is front and center." Full Text» More»

Dedication of Diplomatic Security Memorial

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Sept. 18): "With today’s dedication, the sacrifices of these 137 heroes – enshrined forever in your hearts, in your memories; in our hearts, in our memories...etched in the enduring history of a grateful nation." Full Text» More»

Afghan Diplomat Training Program

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Sept. 9): "As diplomats, you have a unique and weighty role to play in translating the politics and policies of the moment into meaningful and lasting change." Full Text»


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