Who is Antony Blinken, the new head of American diplomacy?

Antony blinken He will be the foreign minister for Biden’s team. France is his second country since he spent much of his childhood there. He came to Paris at the age of 9, because his mother had just gotten married. Samuel Pisar, a famous lawyer from both sides of the Atlantic. Samuel Pisar was very important to Antony Blinken. He survived the Holocaust after being released from concentration camps at the age of 16. He is one of the youngest survivors.

He then had a brilliant career, particularly as an economic adviser to President Kennedy. François Mitterrand and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing he consulted him and Samuel Pisar had a strong influence on the young Antony Blinken.

The latter spent his adolescence in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, avenue Foch. He studies in a bilingual school near the military school and therefore speaks perfect French, without an accent. His half-sister Lea Pisar has been French-American since she was born in Paris. She also worked inside the Clinton administration, in particular with Madeleine Albright.

Decades of experience

Antony Blinken, 58, has decades of senior management experience. Proof of its importance, we see it in the famous photo, in the “situation room” near Obama when the US special forces reversed the hideout of Osama bin Laden. He is standing in the room.

Antony Blinken knows the White House by heart. He began working there with Bill Clinton, where he wrote foreign policy speeches. Antony Blinken, like most members of the cabinet, that is, the government, is close to Joe Biden. He was notably her national security adviser.

For several years, he was apparently the whooping cough from French correspondents in the United States : accessible, and a good customer as they say. Now that he is Secretary of State, that is, Minister of Foreign Affairs, he will inevitably be less so.

In these different portraits, it is always remembered that he is a lover of rock and country. An expert guitarist even composed two songs, available on Spotify.

What diplomatic strategy for Blinken?

Can France expect privileged relations with the United States with him? simpler than with Trump-era diplomacy, sure. Anthony Blinken has a natural attraction to France, but you shouldn’t expect a special relationship. At the head of diplomacy, Antony Blinken will defend American interests. If there is a showdown with Europe, especially on trade issues, it will be.

Instead, we can expect the United States to open up more to the world. Perhaps not immediately with China, but with Europe. We expect a return to multilateralism and less bilateral relations based on the balance of power.

His father-in-law Samuel Pisar, who advised Kennedy but also Nixon, was sure: the development of trade promotes trade, dialogue and therefore peace.

Anthony Blinken recently told how young he was trying to explain American politics. When we asked him questions, for example about the Vietnam War, he was not always able to convince his interlocutors. But he soon realized how much US actions influence the rest of the world.

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