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Person.png Tony Blinken  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornAntony John Blinken
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materDalton School, Harvard University, Columbia University
Parents • Donald M. Blinken
• Judith Blinken
SpouseEvan Ryan
Member ofFrench-American Foundation/Young Leaders/1998, French-American Foundation/Young Leaders/2000, Trilateral Commission, WestExec Advisors, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
PartyDemocratic Party

Employment.png US/Secretary of State Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 20, 2021 - Present

Employment.png United States Deputy Secretary of State Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 9, 2015 - January 20, 2017
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byWendy R. Sherman
Succeeded byTom Shannon

Employment.png Deputy National Security Advisor Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 20, 2013 - January 9, 2015
BossSusan Rice
Succeeded byAvril Haines

Employment.png National Security Advisor to the Vice President

In office
January 20, 2009 - January 20, 2013

Tony Blinken is an American government official and lobbyist who was chosen by President-elect Joe Biden as his nominee for the position of US Secretary of State, the role he assumed on 20 January 2021.

Tony Blinken had previously worked as Deputy National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2015 and Deputy Secretary of State from 2015 to 2017 under Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama.

Early Life

Blinken was born in New York City to Jewish parents, Judith (Frehm) and Donald M. Blinken, the former United States Ambassador to Hungary and one of the founders of deep state-connected private equity firm Warburg Pincus.

Tony's paternal grandfather, Maurice Henry Blinken was an early backer of Israel who and commissioned an economic feasibility study which argued that an independent Jewish state was economically viable there.[1]

In 1971, age 9, he moved to Paris with his mother Judith and attorney Samuel Pisar, whom she married following her divorce from Donald.[2]


He was a member of the National Security Council (NSC) staff from 1994 to 2001.[3] From 1994 to 1998, Blinken was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Strategic Planning and NSC Senior Director for Speechwriting[4]. From 1999 to 2001, he was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Canadian Affairs.[5]

He supported the U.S.–led invasion of Iraq in 2003.[6] Blinken assisted Biden in formulating a proposal in the Senate to establish in Iraq three independent regions divided along ethnic or sectarian lines[7].

From 2009 to 2013, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President. In this position he helped craft U.S. policy on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

Blinken supported the 2011 military intervention in Libya[8] and the supply of weapons to Syrian militias[9].

While nominally "expressing support for the democratically elected Turkish government",he tried to protect US assets by criticizing the purges of officers and others after the CIA-supported coup attempt in 2016.[10]

At the American Jewish Committee Global Forum 2015, Blinken, then part of the Obama administration, promised "We will continue to stand with Israel and against one-sided, biased resolutions – even if we are the only country on earth to do so", [11] a theme he repeated at an AIPAC Policy Luncheon in 2017, "Every year, at the UN in New York and its various governing bodies, the U.S. has taken the lead in either successfully blocking anti-Israel resolutions" and "and reiterated our commitment to stand with Israel at the UN now and for all time."[12]

He supported the Saudi-led and US backed invasion of Yemen.

WestExec Lobbyism

In 2020, Blinken disclosed the clients he advised through WestExec Advisors. Those clients included the investment giant Blackstone, Bank of America, Facebook, Uber, McKinsey & Company, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, the investment bank Lazard, Boeing, AT&T, the Royal Bank of Canada, LinkedIn and Sotheby’s auction house. WestExec has paid Blinken nearly $1.2 million during 2018-19, with another estimated $250,000 to $500,000 owed for his work in 2020.

Pine Island

Blinken, as well as other Biden transition team members Michele Flournoy, former Pentagon advisor, and Lloyd Austin, nominee for US Secretary of Defense, was a partner of private equity firm Pine Island Capital Partners, a strategic partner of WestExec. Pine Island's chairman is John Thain, the final chairman of Merrill Lynch before its sale to Bank of America.


Related Quotation

2021“In a blunt opening statement before the talks in private, Mr Anthony Blinken said the US would "discuss our deep concerns with actions by China, including in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States, economic coercion of our allies". "Each of these actions threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability," he said. In response, Mr Yang Jiechi accused Washington of using its military might and financial supremacy to suppress other countries. "It abuses so-called notions of national security to obstruct normal trade exchanges, and incite some countries to attack China," he added. Mr Yang said human rights in the US were at a low point, with black Americans being "slaughtered".”US
March 2021


Events Participated in

Munich Security Conference/201915 February 201917 February 2019Germany
Munich Security Conference/202218 February 202220 February 2022Germany
Munich Security Conference/202317 February 202319 February 2023Germany
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