For Immediate Release, September 15, 2011
Contact: Allison Sturma, 202-429-4725

(Washington) – The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) has detailed Senior Vice President William Taylor to the Department of State to oversee the newly created Middle East Transitions Office. The transfer was effective September 6, 2011.

"The Institute is proud to support peacebuilding efforts across the U.S. government," said USIP President Richard Solomon. "This appointment yet again demonstrates the demand for USIP’s expertise and our ability to respond quickly. Bill is an excellent choice to provide guidance and experience to this important new initiative. We look forward to continued collaboration to support the nation's foreign policy goals in this critical part of the world."

In his capacity as senior vice president for the Center for Conflict Management at USIP, Ambassador Taylor oversaw the Institute's on-the-ground work in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, the Middle East and North Africa.

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, bipartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP saves lives, increases the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduces federal costs, and enhances U.S. national security.  USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC.   To learn more visit


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