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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.

Regional Implications of Syria Conflict

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Sept. 29): "Now in its sixth year, the crisis has destroyed the fabric of life in Syria, killed at least 400,000 people, triggered the worst human displacement crisis since the end of World War II, put neighboring countries of first asylum under enormous pressure, exacerbated regional tensions, and helped swell the ranks of violent extremist organizations, most notably Daesh and al-Qaeda." Full Text»

Brookings Migration Forum

Date: 09/22/2016 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken Delivers Remarks at the Brookings Migration Forum - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Sept. 19): "Two decades ago, the typical refugee crisis lasted nine years before refugees began returning home. Today, they last, on average, 26 years and counting. Twenty-six years of lost schooling, lost wages, lost livelihoods, lost knowledge, lost traditions. Twenty-six years of worry, insecurity, uncertainty. Twenty-six years of desperate prayers and hopes that somehow, someway a better future will be found." Full Text»

Trillion Dollar Challenge

Date: 09/19/2016 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken Delivers Remarks Concordia Summit - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Sept. 19): "Today’s global challenges are so immense, so complex that the ingenuity, the tools, and the resources required – in the trillions of dollars – are simply beyond the capacity of any single national government, organization, or actor alone. We need state and local governments, international corporations, startups, NGOs, universities, faith-based leaders, innovators, to work together on new solutions." Full Text»

Multilateral Diplomacy for a Modern World

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Sept. 7): "We don’t work with other nations as a luxury, or as charity. The problems we face today are notoriously resistant to unilateral solutions. We cannot build a wall tall enough to stop the oceans from rising or our planet from warming. We can’t bolt a gate tight enough to stop the spread of disease or break the allure of violent extremism." Full Text»


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