Former US Ambassador to Ukraine to Speak at Montgomery College, April 3 William B. Taylor Jr. to Discuss “Ukraine: From Orange Revolution to Euromaidan”

William B. Taylor Jr., US ambassador to Ukraine from 2006-2009, will speak at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus Thursday, April 3, from 2 to 3:15 p.m., in the Gudelsky Building, Room 224.

His lecture, “Ukraine: From Orange Revolution to Euromaidan,” will focus on the volatile political tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science, this event is free and open to the public.

Currently, Taylor 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 US support for the countries of the Arab revolutions was coordinated and effective. He organized assistance and support to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria.

Prior to being ambassador, Taylor served in Jerusalem as the US government’s representative to the Mideast Quartet, which facilitated the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. He also served in Baghdad as the first director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office and in Kabul as coordinator of international and US assistance to Afghanistan. Taylor was also coordinator of US assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He also worked on the staff of Senator Bill Bradley.

As an infantry platoon leader and combat company commander in the US Army, he served in Vietnam and Germany. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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