Friday, October 15, 2021

Biden Selects Hill to be Ambassador to the Balkans

Christopher Hill, former dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, has been nominated by President Joe Biden for another term of service at the U.S. State Department.

Hill, after a 34-year career as a foreign senior officer, will, if confirmed by the Senate, serve in Serbia in a region where he worked with special presidential envoy Richard Holbrook on the Dayton Peace Accords. Hill has served as an ambassador to four countries under three presidents, including Poland, South Korea and Iraq. He’s also served as the head of the U.S. delegation to the six-party talks in 2003 to address the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Hill has diplomatic background in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, but he’s probably most experienced in the Balkans and speaks Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian and Albanian.

Most recently, Hill has been lecturing and teaching as a professor of practice at Columbia University. Hill is regularly seen on national television and was a frequent speaker at events in the Denver community on foreign policy issues. He participated in numerous programs sponsored by the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, including highly attended post-election programs in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

Floyd Ciruli and Chris Hill present a post-election event,
Nov. 2016 | University of Denver photo

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the Korbel
Gala as Dean Chris Hill listens, Sept. 10, 2013
Photo: University of Denver via YouTube

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