Antony Blinken

Managing Director

Antony J. Blinken is a Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.  

Blinken is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and a global affairs analyst for CNN. He is also a co-founder of WestExec Advisors, a strategic consultancy. He has held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations over three decades – including Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, the nation’s number two diplomat. Blinken helped to lead diplomacy in the fight against ISIL, the rebalance to Asia, and the global refugee crisis, while building bridges to the innovation community. 

Before that, Blinken served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. He chaired the Deputies Committee, the administration’s principal forum for formulating foreign policy. During the first Obama term, he was National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden. Blinken served as Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2002-2008) and was a member of President Clinton’s National Security Council staff. 

Blinken has been a reporter for The New Republic magazine and has written widely about foreign policy. He is the author of Ally Versus Ally: America, Europe and the Siberian Pipeline Crisis. Blinken received his high school degree in Paris, and he is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School.

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