William B. Taylor

Acting Executive Vice President

William B. Taylor, Jr. is acting executive vice president at the United States Institute of Peace. From 2011 to 2013 he was the Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions in the State Department, appointed by the Secretary of State to ensure that U.S. support for the countries of the Arab revolutions  was coordinated and effective. He coordinated assistance and support to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria.

He served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. Earlier, he served in Jerusalem as the U.S. government's representative to the Mideast Quartet, which facilitated the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.  He served in Baghdad as the first director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office from 2004 to 2005, and in Kabul as coordinator of international and U.S. assistance to Afghanistan from 2002 to 2003.  Ambassador Taylor was also coordinator of U.S. assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He served on the staff of Senator Bill Bradley.

As an infantry platoon leader and combat company commander in the U.S. Army, he served in Vietnam and Germany.

He graduated from USMA at West Point and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

He is married with two adult children.


William B. Taylor
July 29, 2014
William B. Taylor, vice president for Middle East and Africa, testifies before a joint subcommittee hearing: Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade U.S. House of Representatives
William B. Taylor
July 9, 2014
William B. Taylor, vice president for Middle East and Africa, testifies before the United States Helsinki Commission on OSCE Mediterranean Partners.
William B. Taylor
May 20, 2011
This Peace Brief draws on the authors’ experiences in Iraq and a two-day, off-the-record meeting co-hosted by USIP in February 2011.
William B. Taylor
September 14, 2010
President Barack Obama’s policy of a conditions-based redeployment in Afghanistan starting in July 2011 leaves him a lot of flexibility. The administration will likely decide to maintain the troop numbers in Afghanistan near the surge level next year, pending another review.

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

October 1, 2014
Robin Wright, William B. Taylor

Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi, the founder of Tunisia’s Islamist party, appealed this week for U.S. political and economic support as his country struggles to complete its historic transition. Tunisia, the lone success story out of the Arab uprisings, could serve as an example for Iraq, Syria, Egypt and others, he said.

In the News

May 7, 2014

Speaking at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, Jarba claimed that such a move would help open the door for a political solution in Syria. He made the remarks ahead of talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry and other top US officials. Jarba ...