CIR Foreign Policy Circle
The Arab Spring, Democracy and US Foreign Policy, with Ambassador William B. Taylor.
About the Speaker:
Ambassador William B. Taylor is Vice President for Middle East & Africa at the US Institute of Peace. From 2011-2013 Amb Taylor was Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions in the State Department, appointed by the Secretary of State to coordinate assistance to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria. Previously he was US ambassador to Ukraine, US representative to the Mideast Quartet facilitating Israeli disengagement from Gaza, first director of the Iraq Reconstruction & Management Office, coordinator for international and US assistance to Afghanistan, and coordinator of US assistance to the former Soviet Union & Eastern Europe. He served on the staff of Senator Bill Bradley. Amb Taylor graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. As an infantry platoon leader and combat company commander in the US Army, he served in Vietnam and Germany.
Amb Taylor will offer a brief overview of the issue followed by free flowing discussion. To facilitate open discussion we will observe Chatham House rules.
About the Forgein Policy Circle:
Beginning in 2013, the Committee on International Relations is lauching a Forgein Policy Circle. This group, led by alumni of CIR in DC, provides alumni of the university to enjoy Washington, DC's rich international affairs environment. It presents an organizational vehicle to cultivate alumni engagement and provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of important intellectual, practical and professional resources.
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