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.

NY Times Op-Ed - No People. No Process. No Policy

Washington Post - ‘America First’ Is Only Making the World Worse. Here’s a Better Approach.

NY Times Op-Ed - Turning Back Refugees Hurts Us

NY Times Op-Ed - Can Macron Do for the Banlieues What the Balieues Have Done for Soccer?

NY Times Op-Ed - The Best Model for a Nuclear Deal with North Korea? Iran

NY Times Op-Ed - To Win a Nobel, Trump Should Look to the Iran Deal

NY Times Op-Ed - When Republicans Rejected John Bolton

NY Times Op-Ed - When the Stranger Who Calls is the American President

NY Times Op-Ed - How Rex Tillerson Did So Much Damage in So Little Time

NY Times Op-Ed - Trump Is Ceding Global Leadership to China 

NY Times Op-Ed - Trump Alienates America’s Allies and Hands Iran a Victory 

NY Times Op-Ed - Time for the Trump Administration to Arm Ukraine 

NY Times Op-Ed - What the President Really Meant to Say

NY Times Op-Ed - The Islamic State Is Not Dead Yet 

NY Times Op-Ed - President Trump's Arab Alliance Is a Mirage 

NY Times Op-Ed - What We Lose By Barring Refugees 

NY Times Op-Ed - Trump Fires Comey and Putin Smiles 

NY Times Op-Ed - How America is Losing the Credibility War

NY Times Op-Ed - After the Missiles, We Need Smart Diplomacy on Syria

Foreign Policy - Dear Senators: Push Back Against Iran, but Not at the Expense of the Iran Nuclear Deal

NY Times Op-Ed - Will Rex Tillerson Pass North Korea Nuclear Test?

Washington Post - Former Obama official Blinken: Trump ‘has turned our traditional openness into weakness’

Foreign Policy - Bannon's Vision of the World Isn't What Makes America Great

NY Times Op-Ed - Why the Iran Nuclear Deal Must Stand

NY Times Op-Ed - To Defeat ISIS, Arm the Syrian Kurds

NY Times Op-Ed - What Is America Without Influence? Trump Will Find Out.

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