Ambassador Christopher R. Hill to Speak on U.S. Security Abroad


By Rachel Brichta
Sep 13, 2011

Ambassador Christopher Hill

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan is delighted to welcome Ambassador Christopher R. Hill for a lecture titled, “Managing a 21st-Century Security Agenda: U.S. Foreign Policy beyond Iraq and Afghanistan.” With new global challenges arising almost daily, Ambassador Hill will focus on how the United States responds to some of the biggest threats to international security, including nuclear non-proliferation, transnational terror and crime, and the global consequences of civil wars. He will review current U.S. foreign policy and argue that the sites of ongoing U.S. military interventions are not the only battlegrounds in the fight for global peace and security.

Ambassador Hill’s talk will draw on his experience as a career diplomat who served all over the globe— serving as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Korea, Poland, and Macedonia; negotiating the Dayton Peace Accords; and leading the U.S. delegation in North Korean nuclear disarmament talks. He has been recognized with several honors including the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award and Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations, as well as the Annenberg Award for Excellence in Diplomacy. Since retiring from the State Department in 2010 after more than 30 years, Ambassador Hill has been Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa.

PLACE: Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

SPONSOR: Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies

WEB LINK: www.ii.umich.edu/wced/events

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) combines academics with practical applications. The center promotes scholarship to better understand the conditions and policies that foster the transition from autocratic rule to democratic governance, past and present. It also educates new generations of practitioners who can apply their learning and experience to help extend democratic freedoms. Initially focusing on transitions in Europe and Eurasia, it will subsequently expand its scope to other emerging democracies across the globe. For more information, visit www.ii.umich.edu/wced.

The Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE) supports faculty and student research, teaching, collaboration, and public engagement in studying the institutions, cultures, and histories of these regions. WCEE is housed in the University of Michigan International Institute with the Center for European Studies-European Union Center (CES-EUC); the Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies (CREES); and the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED). Named in honor of Ronald and Eileen Weiser and inspired by their time in Slovakia during Ambassador Weiser’s service as U.S. ambassador from 2001-04, WCEE began operations in September 2008. For more information, visit www.ii.umich.edu/wcee.