William B. Taylor

Vice President for Middle East and Africa

William B. Taylor, Jr.  is Vice President for the Middle East and Africa 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.

Publications

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.
William B. Taylor
May 12, 2010
The next seven months leading up to the December policy review will be crucial for Afghanistan’s future; at that time the Obama administration—and the citizens of Afghanistan, the United States and ISAF nations—will make a judgment about progress towards stability there. Afghans and Americans need to set a course for success, and reach an agreement of what realistic, achievable progress means, and how to accomplish it.

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

July 14, 2014
By:
William B. Taylor

Egypt and Tunisia represent opposite ends of the spectrum in the evolution of their politics since the Arab Spring, U.S. Institute of Peace Vice President and former Ambassador Bill Taylor told a government panel this week. “Tunisia has demonstrated remarkable maturity and commitment to the ideal of political inclusiveness,” Taylor said. “Egypt has not.”

June 6, 2014
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George Lopez, William B. Taylor
March 31, 2014
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William B. Taylor
March 26, 2014
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William B. Taylor