The partners of Armitage International, L.C. welcome the confirmation of Antony J. Blinken as the 71st U.S. Secretary of State. His extensive foreign policy experience, reputation for probity, and close relationship with President Biden will make him very effective as our nation’s top diplomat. Equally important, however, is his commitment to the State Department as an institution and the people who serve our nation’s interests within it. In Secretary Blinken’s remarks to State Department employees shortly after his confirmation, he said, “As Deputy Secretary of State, I learned what it means to help lead an institution as vital as this one – how to safeguard what makes it great, invest in its future, and leave it just a little bit stronger than when you found it. I take that work very seriously. As Secretary, I will not let you down.” We take him at his word and wish him every success.