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During his 33-year Foreign Service career Christopher Hill served as an ambassador to Macedonia, Poland, South Korea and, most recently, Iraq. Ambassador Hill was part of the team that negotiated the Bosnian Peace Settlement in 1995, headed the U.S. delegation to the six-party talks for resolving the 2005 North Korean nuclear crisis and delayed retirement in an effort to negotiate the formation of the Iraqi government in 2010.
Ambassador Hill served as deputy under Richard Holbrooke at the Dayton Peace Talks. In his book on the negotiations, Holbrooke would later describe Hill as brilliant and fearless saying that his ability to be both 'very cool and very passionate' enhanced his 'extremely good negotiating skills'. Hill recieved the Robert C. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis, was granted an award from the Macedonian Government to be honorary citizen because of his work to build up the U.S. - Macedonian relations, was awarded the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award and received the 'Building Bridges' Award from the Pacific Century Institute.
This event is co-sponsored with the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.