Tony Blinken is shown wearing a blue suit and tie while speaking with Joe Biden wearing a face mask in the distance.

President-elect Joe Biden listens as his Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, Nov. 24, 2020.

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On Tuesday, one of President Biden’s longtime confidants, Antony Blinken, was confirmed as the next US secretary of state.

Blinken is a longtime statesman and foreign policy expert. Under the Obama administration, he served as the deputy national security adviser and later deputy secretary of state.

Blinken is entering the job at a time of crisis. The pandemic, climate change and US adversaries abroad present obstacles that he will encounter starting from Day One.

One of Blinken’s biggest challenges will be managing America’s relationship with Russia. The World’s Daniel Ofman reports.

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