Former U.S. ambassador to discuss North Korean nuclear conflict Oct. 8

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill portrait
Christopher Hill

Former U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill will be on the Colorado State University campus Oct. 8 to discuss the conflict with North Korea.

His talk, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom in the Lory Student Center, is free and open to the public, no registration required.

Hill is a career diplomat and a four-time ambassador who served under three U.S. presidents. He was the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009.

He also headed up the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks that tried to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis up through April 2009. In addition, Hill was a special assistant to the President and a senior director on the staff of the National Security Council. He is currently at the University of Denver, where he serves as chief advisor to the chancellor for global engagement and professor of the practice in diplomacy. Given his diplomatic background and his experience as an ambassador to the North Korea, Hill brings a unique perspective to the discussion of the conflict in the region.

About Christopher Hill

Hill began his international experience in the mid-1970s as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Cameroon, West Africa. Since earning his bachelor’s degree in economics from Bowdoin College in Maine, Hill went on to make great strides in the diplomatic realm. He served not only in Korea, but also as an ambassador to Iraq, Poland, and Macedonia.

He served as the special envoy to Kosovo in the late 1990s, for which he received the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations. Hill was also presented the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award for his work as a team negotiating the Bosnia peace settlement. From 2010 to 2017, Hill served as the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. The distinguished diplomat also has written a memoir about his experience as an American diplomat and is a regular columnist for the Project Syndicate.

Ambassador Hill’s appearance is sponsored by CSU’s Office of International Programs.