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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “U.S. Foreign Policy and Ukraine: A Conversation with Ambassador William B. Taylor” on November 19


Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen will host “U.S. Foreign Policy and Ukraine: A Conversation with Ambassador William B. Taylor” on Thursday, November 19 as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series. Ambassador Taylor, who is currently Vice President of Strategic Stability and Security at the U.S. Institute of Peace, served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine twice, from 2019 to 2020 in an acting capacity and from 2006 to 2009. 
Ambassador Taylor will join Cohen for a conversation focused on the future of U.S.-Ukraine relations following the 2020 presidential election. They will also explore how Ukrainian leadership’s foreign policy actions will impacted by the transition from the Trump administration to a Biden administration.


William B. Taylor
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
Vice President, Strategic Stability and Security, U.S. Institute of Peace


Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Time and Date

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. EST
Thursday, November 19, 2020


This webinar is open to the public and media, with registration.

Media Contact

Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620 

About the Speaker

Ambassador William B. Taylor is Vice President of Strategic Stability and Security at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Last year, he served as acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. He also served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. Ambassador Taylor was previously the Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions in the U.S. State Department and oversaw assistance and support to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria. He served as the U.S. government’s representative to the Mideast Quartet, which facilitated the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. Prior to this assignment, Ambassador Taylor served in Baghdad as director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office from 2004 to 2005, in Kabul as coordinator of U.S. and international assistance to Afghanistan from 2002 to 2003, and in Washington with the rank of Ambassador as coordinator of U.S. assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe from 1992-2002.
Before joining the U.S. State Department’s Assistance Coordinator's Office, Ambassador Taylor spent five years in Brussels as the Special Deputy Defense Advisor to the U.S. ambassador to NATO, William Taft. Prior to that, he directed an in-house Defense Department think tank at Fort McNair in Washington. Earlier in his career, Ambassador Taylor served for five years on the staff of then-Senator Bill Bradley and led the Department of Energy’s Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Dean’s Speaker Series

The Dean’s Speaker Series is the highest profile speaker series at Johns Hopkins SAIS. The series will host a diverse array of prominent international affairs practitioners and business leaders for insightful perspectives and thought-provoking discussions on international relations, leadership and other relevant topics that impact our focus areas. This fall will feature distinguished experts around themes such as American Foreign Policy and the 2020 Election, International Order after Coronavirus, Targets of Opportunity in the Global Arena, and Race Relations, Civic Engagement and Global Social Movements. All events require pre-registration and are free and open to the public.

Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For more than 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. 
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