Global Summit xii
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Understanding America's 21st Century Diplomacy: Lessons from the Front Lines of Europe and Asia

May 25th,2021 | 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor / Instructor / Speaker: AMBASSADOR CHRISTOPHER HILL

Christopher Hill credits his work with the Peace Corps in the mid-1970s for teaching him his first lessons in diplomacy and he went on to become one of the more accomplished diplomats in modern American history.

Fluent in five languages, Hill speaks English, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, and Albanian. He needed all of those skills as he served as U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia from 1996 to 1999; Special Envoy to Kosovo in 1998 and 1999; Ambassador to Poland from 2000 to 2004; and Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2004 to 2005 before being appointed as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.


Although Hill is not widely known in the United States, he became a celebrity in China as chief envoy in talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program. He is currently the George W. Ball adjunct professor at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Hill received a master's degree from the Naval War College in 1994.

AMBASSADOR CHRISTOPHER HILL

Ambassador Christopher Hill is currently the George W. Ball adjunct professor at Columbia University in the City of New York. He was the former Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver. Prior to this position, he was the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University, from September 2010 to December 2017.

 

Hill was also the former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and a former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Poland, and Macedonia. He received his B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College, joining the Peace Corps in Cameroon from 1974 to 1976. He then received a master's degree from the Naval War College. He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, and Albanian.