America’s Role in East Asia

Event Date: 
Friday, April 11, 2008
Event Time: 
4:30 p.m.
103 Friend Center

Ambassador Christopher Hill and Professor Thomas J. Christensen presented a public talk, “America’s Role in East Asia,” on Friday, April 11, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. in 103 Friend Center on the Princeton University Campus. The talk was co-sponsored by the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program and LISD. It was free and open to the public.

Christopher Hill is Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and a career member of the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service. On February 14, 2005, he was named as the Head of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. His recent posts include US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). 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, 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.

Thomas Christensen is currently serving as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He is on leave from the Woodrow Wilson School where he is Professor of Politics and International Affairs where his research and teaching focus on international relations theory, the international relations of East Asia, and China's foreign relations. He is the author of Useful Adversaries: Grand Strategy, Domestic Mobilization, and SinoAmerican Conflict, 1947-1958, and numerous articles. He is currently working on projects relating to alliances in East Asia, the growth of Chinese power, and US strategy toward East Asia. He consults often for the U.S. government and in 2002 was presented with a Distinguished Public Service Award by the United States Department of State. Before his appointment at Princeton in 2003, he taught at Cornell University and MIT.