Seminars at Steamboat continues with look at diplomacy, action in North Korea |

Seminars at Steamboat continues with look at diplomacy, action in North Korea

Christopher Hill
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Seminars at Steamboat continues its 16th annual season of nonpartisan policy discussions with a talk about North Korea, featuring Christopher Hill, former ambassador to Iraq and Korea and head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks from 2005 to 2009 on the North Korean nuclear issue.

Hill’s talk, “Diplomacy and Action: U.S. Options for North Korea” starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 16 in the Strings Pavilion. Free tickets are distributed at 4:45 p.m., and doors open at the same time.

Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as ambassador to Iraq. Prior to Iraq, Hill served from 2005 until 2009 as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, during which he was also the head of the U.S. delegation to the six party talks on the North Korean nuclear issue.

Earlier, he was the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Poland and the Republic of Macedonia and special envoy to Kosovo. He also served as a special assistant to the president and a senior director on the staff of the National Security Council from 1999 to 2000.

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, where he supervised credit unions in rural Cameroon, West Africa.

Hill is currently the chief advisor to the chancellor for global engagement and professor of the practice in diplomacy at the University of Denver. Until December 2017, he was the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at DU.

Hill is author of “Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir” and is both a monthly columnist for “Project Syndicate” and a highly sought voice in the media on international affairs.

Founded in 2003 as a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring experts on a wide range of public policy topics to the Steamboat community, Seminars at Steamboat presents nonpartisan policy talks for free to the community. Run by an all-volunteer board, the speaker series is supported by individual contributions.

Each talk lasts about 50 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session. Off the Beaten Path Bookstore will be on site for book sales and signing after the talk.

KUNC public radio will air a one-hour edited version of Hill’s talk at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at 88.5 FM. For more information about Seminars at Steamboat, visit

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