Where do things now stand regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict? And how did we get here, and what might the future have in store? Such are the questions we're exploring today. On this edition of ST, we speak with William B. Taylor, Jr., the acting executive vice president at the United States Institute of Peace. From 2011 to 2013, Taylor was the Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions in the U.S. State Department, appointed by the Secretary of State to ensure that American support for the countries of the Arab revolutions was coordinated and effective; in this post, Taylor coordinated aid and support to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. Last last week, Taylor gave an address to the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations entitled "Crisis in Ukraine," and he stopped by our KWGS studios to discuss this matter while he was in town. You can learn more about Taylor's distinguished career -- and about the U.S. Institute of Peace, the independent, nonpartisan, Congress-created institution where he's now based -- at this link.