Short Bio of Ambassador William B. Milam
William B. Milam is a Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, he was a career diplomat. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service at the end of July 2001, but continues to take on important assignments for the State Department; the most recent was as temporary Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya (August 2007 to February 2008). In his long diplomatic career, Mr. Milam served as Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Bangladesh, and as the U.S. Chief of Mission in Liberia. He also served as the U.S. Special Negotiator for Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the Department of State, and in that capacity he led the U.S. delegation that successfully completed negotiations on the 1994 Desertification Treaty. He also represented the United States at the Paris Club, the international forum for rescheduling official debt. U.S. Government, and with the other official creditors, programs for debt reduction of the poorest countries. From the Department of State, Ambassador Milam received the James Clement Dunn Award (1981) and a Superior Honor Award (1983). He received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award (1990) and a Presidential Award for Outstanding Service (1991). His Major Publications include: Bangladesh and Pakistan: Flirting with Failure in South Asia. (Columbia University Press, 2009); "Bangladesh and the Burdens of History," Current History, April 2007, vol. 106, No. 699, pp 153-160; and "Liberia", Political Finance in Post-Conflict Societies, Center for Transitional and Post-Conflict Governance, USAID, May 2006.