The Deputy Secretary, William J. Burns 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.
Deputy Secretary Burns (Feb. 26): "The United States stands with the Ukrainian people at this remarkable moment, and we will do all we can to help them build the strong, sovereign and democratic country they so richly deserve." Full Text»
Deputy Secretary Burns (Feb.1): "We are deeply encouraged by the recent political developments in Tunisia, especially the ratification of its new constitution and the inauguration of its new government." Full Text»
Deputy Secretary Burns (Jan. 30): "When President Obama and Dr. Dlamini-Zuma met last June, they committed to broaden and deepen the partnership between the United States and the African Union. We have taken important strides to ensure that we realize the full potential." Full Text»