The Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan announces the appointment of Ambassador James F. Moriarty as Chairman of the Board of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). AIT is a non-profit, private corporation established pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act to manage the U.S. unofficial relationship with Taiwan. As AIT Chairman, Ambassador Moriarty will participate in policy-level discussions on Taiwan and represent the Administration in periodic visits to Taiwan and in meetings with Taiwan representatives in the United States.
Ambassador Moriarty brings decades of experience in Asia, including Taiwan, at the senior leadership levels in the U.S. government and the private sector. In his U.S. government career, Ambassador Moriarty served as U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh (2008-2011) and Nepal (2004-2007) and as Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Senior Director for Asia at the National Security Council (2002-2004), and previously as Director for China Affairs at the National Security Council (2001-2002). He led the political sections at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (1998-2001) and at American Institute in Taiwan (1995-1998). Earlier assignments in Ambassador Moriarty’s 36-year career include postings in Taipei and Beijing, as well as work in Washington, D.C., South Asia, and Africa.
Since retiring from the Foreign Service in 2011, Ambassador Moriarty has worked in the private sector and as an independent consultant. Living in Jakarta in 2013-2014, Ambassador Moriarty set up PROGRESS, a U.S. Government project to build capacity in ASEAN’s political/security and social/cultural communities. Since 2016, Ambassador Moriarty has been the Country Director for the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a coalition of North American importers of ready-made garments.