Our Tuesday, November 18, Old Parkland Global Forum with Ambassador Christopher R. Hill is a perfect example of enhanced knowledge that comes from the "Global Forum Effect."
Global Forum membership is more than just "an extra benefit." It is an avenue to enhanced understanding of issues and the personalities who either solve them or keep them roiling. At the Old Parkland Global Forum members will have the privilege of hearing Ambassador Hill's first-hand knowledge of the challenges of working for peace in the Balkans and Iraq, dealing with difficult situations such as North Korea vs. South Korea and China's influence in the world.
Ambassador Hill, whose career began in the Peace Corps in the early 1970s, is renowned for his career in hot spots — trying to work peaceful diplomacy in war-torn areas and nations caught up in tense disputes.
He recalls those challenges in his memoir, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy. He was the first American Ambassador to Macedonia, Ambassador to Poland during the Cold war; Ambassador to South Korea and chief disarmament negotiator in North Korea. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton picked him to serve as Ambassador to Iraq. Outpost is described as an "an adventure story of danger, loss of comrades, high stakes negotiations, and imperfect options."
Ambassador Hill currently serves as Dean of the Josef Corbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Among his many State Department awards are the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award and the Robert S. Frasier Award for Peace Negotiations.
In April he spokes to students at Princeton about his career, mentioning the lack of American influence over China's relationship with North Korea. The Daily Princetonian quoted Hill — it was a summation of the principles of diplomacy. Ambassador Hill said, "I think one of the problems is that we haven’t been able to develop those personal ties that are the basis of diplomacy. After all, what are you doing in diplomacy? You’re asking people to do things they don’t want to do."