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William J. Taylor, Jr.  

Senior Adviser, International Security Program

William (Bill) Taylor, CSIS senior adviser, holds a Ph.D. with distinction from American University in Washington, D.C., and completed postdoctoral studies at the American University of Beirut. A former U.S. Army colonel elected to the Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame, he served in tank and rifle battalions in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam, where he was decorated for heroism. He was a professor, director of national security studies, and director of debate at West Point; was a visiting professor at the National War College; and was an adjunct professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has lectured and debated frequently before government, academic, and corporate groups; coaches debate on an individual and group basis; and directs a debate clinic for the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy at CSIS.

Taylor has appeared on major television and radio networks worldwide more than 1,200 times and has had more than 500 articles published in major newspapers internationally. He was the subject of a Washington Post Magazine cover story, as well as a Washington Times “Doers in Washington” feature. His 17 published books include American National Security: Policy and Process, 6th rev. ed. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

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