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ONLINE EVENT—Diplomacy on trial: Ambassador William Taylor

Ambassador Taylor testifying in November 2019

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ONLINE EVENT—Diplomacy on trial: Ambassador William Taylor

Ambassador William Taylor, William Antholis (moderator)

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
11:00AM - 12:15PM (EDT)
Event Details

 

On November 13, 2019, acting ambassador William Taylor publicly testified in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. He was called as one of the first witnesses by House Democrats because, as the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, he had a unique perspective.

Ambassador Taylor testified about his role in both the official and unofficial negotiations with Ukraine over releasing military and diplomatic assistance to that country, in their ongoing conflict with Russia. During his vivid testimony, he stated that “withholding security assistance in exchange for help with a domestic political campaign in the United States would be crazy.” 

Join us for an in-depth conversation with Ambassador Taylor about Ukraine, Russia, corruption, and the state of U.S. political institutions. Moderated by Miller Center Director William Antholis.

When
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
11:00AM - 12:15PM (EDT)
Where
https://virginia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rkIfF0pLT-WrT_RYly1PLw
Speakers
Official portrait of Ambassador William Taylor

Ambassador William Taylor

Ambassador William B. Taylor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine on May 26, 2006, and was sworn in on June 5, 2006. Until February 2006 he was the U.S. Government's representative to the Quartet's effort to facilitate the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, led by Special Envoy James Wolfensohn in Jerusalem. The Quartet Special Envoy was responsible for the economic aspects of this disengagement.

Prior to this assignment, he served in Baghdad as Director, Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (2004-2005), in Kabul as coordinator of USG and international assistance to Afghanistan (2002-2003) and in Washington with the rank of ambassador as coordinator of USG assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (1992-2002). He previously served in Brussels as deputy defense advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO, in Washington on the staff of Senator Bill Bradley, at the National Defense University and in the U.S. Department of Energy. As an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, he served in Vietnam and Germany. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

 

William Antholis (moderator)

William Antholis (moderator)

William Antholis serves as the Miller Center's director and CEO. Immediately prior, he served as managing director at The Brookings Institution from 2004 to 2014, working directly with Brookings' president and vice presidents to help manage the full range of policy studies, develop new initiatives, coordinate research across programs, strengthen the policy impact of Brookings’ research, and ensure the quality and independence of that research. From 1995 to 1999, Antholis served in government. At the White House, he was director of international economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and National Economic Council, where he served as the chief staff person for the G8 Summits in 1997 and 1998. He is the author of Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global.