Former Cipher Brief Expert Antony Blinken is currently serving as U.S. Secretary of State. Blinken is co-founder and a former managing partner of WestExec Advisors. He served as Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama administration, helping 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, Tony 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 deliberating foreign policy. During the first Obama term, he was National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden.
From 2002 to 2008, Tony served as Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 1994 to 2001, he was a member of President Clinton’s National Security Council staff.
Blinken is the author of Ally Versus Ally: America, Europe and the Siberian Pipeline Crisis. He also formerly served as a managing director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and was a distinguished scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Tony received a French Baccalaureat degree in Paris. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School.