“Reflections on a Career as a U.S. Envoy with Comments on Outposts”
Ambassador Christopher Hill, now dean of the Korbel School at the University of Denver, joins us on Thursday evening, April 7, 7:30 p.m., in Coor Hall 174, to deliver the annual Mary Choncoff Endowed Lecture. Ambassador Hill is a career diplomat, having served as a four-time ambassador nominated by three U. S. presidents. His latest post was as Ambassador to Iraq (April 2009-August 2010). Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which time he was also the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2004-2005), Ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999), and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as a Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council (1999-2000). Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Ambassador Hill served tours in Belgrade, Warsaw, Seoul, and Tirana, and on the Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff and in the Department’s Operation Center. While on a fellowship with the American Political Science Association he served as a staff member for Congressman Stephen Solarz working on Eastern European issues. He also served as the Department of State’s Senior Country Officer for Poland. Ambassador Hill received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions as a member of the U.S. negotiating team at the Dayton Peace Accords, and was a recipient of the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis of 1999. Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill currently serves as the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a position he has held since September 2010.
Ambassador Hill joins the Melikian Center on the evening of April 7 to speak about his life as a career diplomat, including his work as U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, as set forth also in his recent 2014 volume, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster). Outpost was named among Amazon’s “2014 Best Books of the Year.” Copies of his volume will be on sale at the Choncoff event. Ambassador Hill graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a B.A. in Economics. He received a master’s degree from the Naval War College in 1994. He speaks Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and Macedonian.
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