dad: Donald Blinken, investment banker and US ambassador to Hungary
Mother: Judith (Farham) Besar, UNESCO Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy
marriage: Evan Ryan
education: Harvard College, AP, 1984; Columbia Law School, JD, 1988
His stepfather, Samuel Besar, was a famous lawyer and Holocaust survivor.
He attended primary and secondary school in Paris.
He was a writer for The Harvard Crimson. He has worked as a reporter for The New Republic and has written about foreign policy for publications such as The New York Times and Foreign Affairs.
Prior to his work in government, Blinken practiced law in New York and Paris.
Blinken is visible in a file Famous photo of the “operating room”.
During the raid that was killed Osama bin Laden
1987 – His thesis was published under the title “Ally vs. Ally: America, Europe and the Siberian Pipeline Crisis”.
1993-1994 – Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs at the Department of State.
Assumes multiple roles in managing President Bill Clinton
Including a special assistant to the president, a senior director of speech writing and a member of the National Security Council.
2001-2002 – Senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a policy research institute in Washington.
2002-2008 – Director of Democratic Personnel for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Works on Sen. Joe Biden
2009-2013 – National Security Adviser to Vice President Biden.
January 2013-2015 –
Deputy National Security Adviser to President Barack Obama
2017 – He co-founded WestExec Advisors, a consulting firm that advises on geopolitical risks.
April 15, 2021
– Blinken arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan, on an unannounced visit
Less than 24 hours after the United States and the NATO alliance formally announced that they would do so Withdrawing their forces from the country after nearly two decades
. Blinken, during his remarks to Afghan political leaders, emphasized the United States’ commitment to the people and the country.
May 25, 2021
– Blinken meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and other senior Israeli officials, on his first official visit to the Middle East. His journey will take him to Israel
The West Bank, Egypt and Jordan. Blinken pledges to be The United States will make ‘significant contributions’ to rebuild Gaza
It reopens its consulate in Jerusalem in the wake of the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas.
March 23, 2022 –
Blinken announced in a statement that the US government has officially announced this Members of the Russian Armed Forces have committed war crimes