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New AIT Deputy Director Takes Office

Stephen M. Young assumed his new duties as Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan in August 1998. As a Foreign Service officer in the U. S. Department of State, he served most recently as Director of the Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs for the Newly Independent States (1995-98). Since joining the State Department in 1980, he has served tours in Moscow (1994-95 and 1985-87), Beijing (1990-93), Taipei (1981-82) and the Department of State, where he worked on both the Soviet (1987-89) and China (1982-84) Desks.

Mr. Young was a Fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs during the academic year 1993-94. He has published articles about Chinese domestic politics and Soviet foreign policy. Mr. Young received a Doctorate in Russian History from the University of Chicago (1980) and a BA from Wesleyan University (1973).

As a young man, Mr. Young lived in Kaohsiung from 1963 to 1965 where his father was a U.S. MAAG advisor and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He also studied Chinese at the AIT Chinese Language And Area Studies School in Taipei between 1989-1990. He is married to Ms. Barbara Finamore, an environmental attorney. They have three children, Michael, 12; Rebecca, 9; Patrick, 7.