Tony Blinken: Obenshain '62 Family Great Issues Lecture

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Tony Blinken: Obenshain '62 Family Great Issues Lecture

Former United States Deputy Secretary of State (2015-2017), "Walls or Bridges: What Will Make America Great in the 21st Century?"

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Dartmouth 105
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Walls or Bridges: What Will Make America Great in the 21st Century? 

Antony "Tony" Blinken has held senior foreign policy positions in two U.S. administrations over three decades, including, most recently, Deputy Secretary of State (2015–2017), the nation’s number two diplomat. As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Blinken traveled to forty countries, helping to lead diplomacy in the fight against ISIL, the rebalance to Asia, and the global refugee crisis. Within the State Department, he built bridges to the innovation community, creating a full time State Department presence in Silicon Valley and initiating the State Department Innovation Forum, which enlists innovators and technologists in solving complex foreign policy problems.

Before his tenure at State, Mr. Blinken served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama.  He chaired the inter-agency Deputies Committee, the administration’s principal forum for formulating foreign policy.  During the first term of the Obama Administration, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President.

From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Blinken served as the Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 2001 to 2002 he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. During the Clinton Administration, Blinken served in the State Department and in senior positions on the National Security Council Staff.

Mr. Blinken is currenlty the Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar at Johns Hopkins SAIS. 


Tony Blinken is the Obenshain Family Great Issues Lecture and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding's 35th Anniversary Speaker. Free and open to all. 

For more information, contact:
Sharon Tribou-St. Martin

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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