Antony Blinken, a longtime aide to President-elect Joe Biden, will be secretary of state, the Biden transition announced on Monday.
Blinken’s appointment signals the geopolitical course Biden intends to chart in office: a restoration of liberal multilateralism, recentering traditional U.S. allies whom President Donald Trump placed on the margins. The task before Blinken and the Biden foreign policy team is reminiscent of the one shouldered by Hillary Clinton in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency, where Clinton sought to assure foreign allies that Obama would break from George W. Bush’s bellicose unilateralism.
Assistance will come from a team that Blinken knows well. Biden’s transition unveiled the other senior leaders of the next administration’s national-security and foreign policy leadership on Monday. They include include Avril Haines, a deputy CIA director and deputy national security adviser who was considered Obama’s left-most counterterrorism aide, for director of national intelligence; Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, who followed Blinken as then-Vice President Biden’s national security adviser; and United Nations ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat who served as assistant secretary of state under Blinken at Foggy Bottom.