Ambassador Christopher R. Hill
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
"U.S. Policy in East Asia and the Pacific" -
"There is no part of the globe that holds more
benefits and challenges for the United States than the
East Asia/Pacific area ."
- Ambassador Christopher Hill
Ambassador Christopher R. Hill is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service whose most recent assignment was as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. On Feb. 14, 2005, he was named head of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Previously he has served as U.S. Ambassador to Poland (2000 to 2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996 to 1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998 to 1999). He also served as special assistant to the president and senior director for Southeast European affairs in the National Security Council.
Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Ambassador 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. While on a fellowship with the American Political Science Association, he served as a staff member for Congressman Stephen Solarz working on Eastern European issues. He also served as the Department of State's Senior Country Officer for Poland. Ambassador 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, Ambassador Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.
Ambassador Hill graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a B.A. in Economics. He received a master's degree from the Naval War College in 1994. He speaks Polish, Serbo- Croatian, Macedonian and Albanian. Ambassador Hill is married and has three children.
Updated on 1/27/2006