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Allison Sturma
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(Washington) - The U.S. Institute of Peace has completed its new top management team by naming Ambassador William B. Taylor as its executive vice president.

Taylor held that post in an acting capacity for 11 months while USIP conducted a search and finalized the transition after the board named Nancy Lindborg as the institute’s new president.

"For U.S. foreign relations, and particularly for USIP’s mission of building solutions to global violence, Bill Taylor knows every tool in the shop, and how to use it," Lindborg said. "Bill brings tremendous experience and commitment to the mission of USIP, having served in many conflict zones throughout his career."

"As violent conflict abroad grows more complex, so does our mission on behalf of the nation, and so does our need for leadership," said Stephen J. Hadley, the chairman of USIP’s board and a former national security advisor. "Nancy Lindborg and Bill Taylor, in their combination of skills and experience, form just the team that USIP needs."

Taylor served as a diplomat and as a senior coordinator of U.S. government assistance amid crises in Iraq and Afghanistan. He played similar roles in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe as well as elsewhere in the Middle East. He was the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009.In an earlier post, he served on the staff of U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.

Taylor is a graduate of West Point and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and served as an infantry platoon leader and combat company commander in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Germany.


The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict through nonviolent means. USIP works to save lives, increase the government's ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC. To learn more, visit

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