On March 31, the Brookings Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development programs hosted Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken for a public address on current priorities and future prospects for U.S. engagement in Central Asia. In his remarks, Blinken examined U.S. national interests with respect to the nations of Central Asia, and how the United States plans to deepen its partnerships in the region to enhance regional security, further economic integration, and address common foreign policy challenges. He also explored the potential for Central Asia to benefit from greater economic connectivity to fast-growing Asian markets.
Antony J. Blinken was sworn in as deputy secretary of state by Secretary Kerry on January 9, 2015. He has held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations over two decades. He most recently served as assistant to the president and principal deputy national security advisor.
Fiona Hill, director of the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe, provided introductory remarks. Following the deputy secretary’s address, Brookings President Strobe Talbott engaged Deputy Secretary Blinken in a moderated discussion.