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Christopher R. Hill : biography

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Christopher Robert Hill (born 1952) is an American diplomat who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.

On July 1, 2010, Hill was chosen to be the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver He also serves on the board of International Relief and Development Inc.


  • "The geopolitical implications of enlargement". In Jan Zielonka (ed.), Europe unbound—Enlarging and reshaping the boundaries of the European Union. (Routledge, 2002).

Awards and honors

Hill was a recipient of the Robert C. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis. The award is named for Hill's friend Bob Frasure, a fellow American diplomat killed in 1995 in Bosnia.

Christopher Hill was granted an award from the Macedonian Government to be honorary citizen because of his service as Ambassador in Skopje and building up the U.S. - Macedonian relations.

In 2005, Hill was honored with the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award and in February 2008, Hill was awarded the "Building Bridges" Award by the Pacific Century Institute. The recipients are recognized as people who have enhanced relations between Americans and Asians and who exemplify PCI's commitment to building bridges to a better future.

In 2012, Hill was appointed as an honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year Honours.

Education and Peace Corps service

Hill's father was a diplomat in the Foreign Service and as a child Hill traveled with the family to many countries. After American diplomats were expelled from Haiti, Hill's family moved to Little Compton, Rhode Island by John Mulligan. The Providence Journal. April 14, 2008. where Hill attended Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, graduating in 1970. Providence Journal. June 8, 2007. He then went on to study at Bowdoin College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1974. Bowdoin University. February 16, 2007.

Hill was a volunteer in Cameroon from 1974 to 1976. Hill credits his work with the Peace Corps for teaching him his first lessons in diplomacy. As a volunteer, Hill worked with credit unions and when he discovered that one board of directors had stolen 60 percent of their members' money, he reported on the malfeasance to their members, who promptly re-elected them because the board reflected carefully balanced tribal interests and it really did not matter to the members if the board directors ran a good credit union or not. Hill said the lesson was that "When something's happened, it's happened for a reason and you do your best to understand that reason. But don't necessarily think you can change it." by Glenn Kessler. Washington Post. September 21, 2005. Hill took the Foreign Service exam while he was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.

Hill received a master's degree from the Naval War College in 1994. U.S. Department of State He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, and Albanian.

Personal life

Hill has three grown children, Nathaniel, Amelia, and Clara. He is married to the former Julie Ann Ryczek, a school teacher and health and nutrition advocate from Treasure Island, Florida. Embassy of the United States, Seoul, Korea


Hill joined the State Department in 1977. The Korea Herald. August 14, 2005. Hill served as secretary for economic affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Seoul from 1983 to 1985. When he returned to Korea in 2004 as Ambassador he began by saying "I was here for three years in the 1980s, one has to be a little careful about drawing on too much experience from so long ago. So, even though I'll certainly draw on my experience from the 1980s, I think I also need to do an awful lot of listening to people to understand what has been going on lately."

Hill served as the ambassador to Macedonia from 1996 to 1999, Special Envoy to Kosovo in 1998 and 1999, ambassador to Poland from 2000 to 2004, and ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2004 to 2005 before being appointed as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. While on a fellowship with the American Political Science Association, Hill served as a member of the staff of Congressman Stephen Solarz.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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