Russia’s War on Ukraine – Luncheon Lecture Sep 21, 2022


The Honorable William B. Taylor

US Institute of Peace and former US Ambassador to Ukraine
We are all looking forward to Ambassador William Taylor's luncheon presentation, Russia's War on Ukraine, at the World Affairs Council luncheon on Wednesday, September 21.  Ambassador Taylor has just returned from Ukraine which will make his presentation especially timely.  Unfortunately, upon his return from Kiev this week he tested positive for Covid.  We have just learned that he will be unable to travel to Monterey to meet with us in person.  We want you to know in advance that his presentation to us will be virtual.  It will still include a question and answer period in real time.  All other luncheon arrangements remain the same.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for what promises to be a fascinating session.  Reservations are due September 19.  If you have made a reservation but  wish to cancel we must also receive your cancellation no later than September 19.  As we are a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational organization, if you would like to cancel please consider donating your refund to the World Affairs Council. 


As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its seventh month, causing serious destruction on many levels, the world struggles to find a resolution that will settle the conflict and ease the disruption it has caused globally. WACMB is fortunate to hear from the Honorable William B. Taylor, the US ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009 and chargé d’affaires in 2019. Ambassador Taylor will use his “boots on the ground” experience in the region to review what may be the world’s most unsettling military and humanitarian event since World War II. He will discuss the present situation and analyze the near-term prospects for Russia and Ukraine.

If you’ve viewed Ambassador Taylor’s Quick Takes video on Russian/US/Ukrainian relations as they were in August 2021, you know that his talk will be authoritative, enlightening, and timely. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him in person!

William Taylor is Vice President, Russia and Europe, at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. In addition to serving as US ambassador and chargé d’affaires to Ukraine, he coordinated US assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He was the US government’s representative to the Mideast Quartet, which facilitated Israel’s disengagement from Gaza and part of the West Bank. He served in Baghdad as the first director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office, and in Kabul as the coordinator of US and international assistance to Afghanistan.

Ambassador Taylor is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He served in the US Army as an infantry platoon leader and combat company commander in Vietnam and Germany.

Please note: Ambassador Taylor’s talk will take place at the Monterey Conference Center.


  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm: Program


  • Butter Lettuce with Feta, Roasted Tomatoes, Crostini, and Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken with Jus and Chevre
  • Smashed Potatoes with Parmesan
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Fresh Bread and Rolls
  • Fruit Tart
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Vegan Option: Paella with Black Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas, Zucchini, and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette


  • $64 for members
  • $69 for guests
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Reservations are due by September 19.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.


Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-3770