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Johns Hopkins SAIS names former White House Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken as Distinguished Scholar

Johns Hopkins SAIS names former White House Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken as Distinguished Scholar
The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has named Antony “Tony” Blinken Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar at the Foreign Policy Institute.
Blinken brings to Johns Hopkins SAIS more than three decades of experience in government service, previously serving as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State (2015-2017), Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to former President Barack Obama (2013-2015), and National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden (2009-2012).
“I am pleased and honored to welcome Antony Blinken into the Johns Hopkins SAIS family. From using diplomacy to lead the fight against ISIL to shaping the U.S. rebalance to Asia, Tony has been an influential voice on some of the most complex foreign policy challenges of our time. His innovative and engaged approach to policymaking has deepened the breadth and influence of American power during his tenure at the White House and State Department, including in places like Silicon Valley, proposing solutions to foreign policy problems. This cross-cutting and consultative approach is exactly the kind of example Johns Hopkins SAIS seeks for its students as future global leaders,” said Dean Vali Nasr.
Before his work with the Obama administration, Blinken served as Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Under the Bill Clinton administration, he was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs, a principal advisor to Clinton on relations with the countries of Europe, the European Union, and NATO. He served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Speechwriting and then Strategic Planning, overseeing foreign policy planning, communications and speechwriting and serving as Clinton’s chief foreign policy speechwriter. Blinken began his government service in 1993 at the State Department as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs.
Prior to public service, he practiced law in New York and Paris. Blinken is author of Ally Versus Ally: America, Europe, and the Siberian Pipeline Crisis. Blinken is a CNN Global Affairs Analyst and contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Columbia Law School.
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About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For more than 70 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
About The Foreign Policy Institute
The Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS was established in 1980 to unite the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. It seeks to advance practically oriented research and discussion about foreign policy.
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Monday, February 13, 2017