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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.


Civil Society, Youth Leadership and Democracy in Southeast Asia

Date: 05/20/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken gives remarks on democracy and civil society in the region to an audience of young leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia. - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (May 20): "Every nation has to chart its own path to self-government, but what we know is this, there are no short-cuts, there are no half-measures. Democracy is not achieved in a day—let alone on Election Day. It is about more than campaigns, more than votes." Full Text» Press Conference» Photos»


Remarks at Council on Foreign Relations

Apr. 15: Deputy Secretary Blinken talks about strategic issues following his recent trip to the Middle East and the Maghreb at Council on Foreign Relations. Full Text»


U.S.-Japan Partnership

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Apr. 14): "This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II – a time to reflect on the remarkable story of two former adversaries who have become the closest of allies and friends." Full Text»


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