UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE TAPS FORMER DIPLOMAT
WILLIAM B. TAYLOR JR. TO HEAD UP POST-CONFLICT PEACE
AND STABILITY OPERATIONS CENTER IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Wash, D.C., Mon, Sep 14, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Institute of Peace has named William B. Taylor, Jr. to be vice president of the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability effective October 1, 2009.
Ambassador Taylor served as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to June 2009. In his new capacity at USIP, Taylor will lead the Institute's efforts in societies emerging from conflict, including overseeing Institute operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"We are very fortunate that Bill Taylor is joining the Institute" said Richard H. Solomon, president of the U.S. Institute of Peace. "Ambassador Taylor brings a wealth of experience in many conflict zones around the world."
Until February 2006 he was the U.S. government's representative to the Quartet's effort to facilitate the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, led by Special Envoy James Wolfensohn in Jerusalem. The Quartet special envoy was responsible for the economic aspects of this disengagement.
Prior to this assignment, Ambassador Taylor served in Baghdad as director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (2004-2005), in Kabul as coordinator of U.S. government and international assistance to Afghanistan (2002-2003) and in Washington with the rank of ambassador as coordinator of U.S. government assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (1992-2002).
He previously served in Brussels as deputy defense adviser at the U.S. Mission to NATO, in Washington on the staff of Senator Bill Bradley, at the National Defense University and in the U.S. Department of Energy.
As an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, he served in Vietnam and Germany. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
USUBC FOOTNOTE: The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) and its over 100 members sincerely congratulates Ambassador William B. Taylor, Jr. on his appointment as Vice President of the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. USUBC wishes him the very best in his new, important position. Ambassador Taylor served the people of the United States with distinction as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine the past three years.
Ambassador Taylor was always very supportive of all the efforts to build a thriving private enterprise, market driven economic system in Ukraine, of the several hundred U.S. businesses who invested and are creating jobs and income in Ukraine, and of all the work to build a strong, democratic, independent, prosperous Ukraine. USUBC and its members are proud to have had the opportunity to work with and support Ambassador Taylor in this important work.