Christopher Hill will offer "Pacific Perspectives" in Talk at Yale

Christopher R. Hill, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will give the George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies on April 24.

Christopher R. Hill, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

His talk, titled “Pacific Perspectives: United States Diplomacy in a Rapidly Changing Asia,” will be held at 4 p.m. in Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. Sponsored by the MacMillan Center, the lecture is free and open to the public.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Hill most recently served as ambassador to the Republic of Korea. In 2005, he was named head of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Hill previously served as U.S. ambassador to Poland (2000–04) and the Republic of Macedonia (1996–99), and special envoy to Kosovo (1998–99).

Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Hill served tours in Belgrade, Warsaw, Seoul and Tirana, and on the Department of State’s policy planning staff and in the department’s Operation Center.

Hill received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions as a member of the U.S. negotiating team in the Bosnia peace settlement, and was a recipient of the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.

George Herbert Walker III, formerly the U.S. ambassador to Hungary, established this lecture series in 1986 in memory of his father, a distinguished graduate of the Yale Class of 1927. George Schultz, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Madeleine Albright, Brent Scowcroft, James Baker III and George Mitchell are among  previous speakers in the lecture series.

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