The Urgent vs. The Important: US Policy in the Middle East and in East Asia

The Urgent vs. The Important: US Policy in the Middle East and in East Asia

A lecture by Amb. Christopher R. Hill, Dean of the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.

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Duration: 55:12

Christopher Hill is an American diplomat and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq from April 2009 until August 2010. He joined the University of Denver as the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in September 2010.

A career member of the Foreign Service, Amb. Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2005-09), as well as ambassador to Korea (2004-05), Poland (2000-04), and Macedonia (1996-99). He also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Southeast European Affairs in the National Security Council.

On February 14, 2005, Amb. Hill was named Head of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis. Ten years prior he was part of the team that negotiated the Bosnia peace settlement and served as Richard Holbrooke’s deputy at the Dayton Peace Talks.

Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Amb. Hill served tours in Serbia, Poland, S. Korea, and Albania, and was on the Department of State’s Policy Planning staff and in the Department’s Operation Center. Amb. 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.  Amb. Hill speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian and Macedonian.