William Stanton (diplomat)
Early life and education
Stanton joined the US State Department in 1978. He was Director of the Office of UN Political Affairs from 1999–2001, Director of the Office of Egyptian and North African Affairs from 2001–2003. In 2003 he was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Canberra and served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim (acting Ambassador) from 2005 to 2006 following the departure of Ambassador Tom Schieffer in January 2005.
Most recently, he held the position of the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei from August 28, 2009 to August 1, 2012. This position serves as de facto U.S. ambassador to Taiwan because the two countries do not have formal diplomatic ties, a necessity in order for the United States to have formal diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.
Stanton was formerly the George K.C. Yeh Distinguished Chair Professor at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu where he was the founding Director of the University's Asia Policy Center. As of August 1, 2017, he has served as Professor, International College, at National Taiwan University.
Stanton is married to another Ambassador, Karen Stanton (ambassador to East Timor) with two daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth.
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