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Bowdoin Grad Uses "Exceptional Skill" in Korean Nuke Talks

Story posted September 20, 2005

An eight-week diplomatic effort led by Bowdoin College alumnus Christopher Hill paid dividends Monday (September 19, 2005) when North Korea agreed to give up its nuclear weapons and scrap its nuclear weapons program in exchange for economic aid and security guarantees from the United States and other Asian nations.

Hill, a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1974, has served as the top U.S. negotiator in the talks that have also involved China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea. In an editorial titled "Diplomacy at Work" (September 20) The New York Times noted that Hill used "exceptional skill" to change the tone of the talks, a tactic that played a major role in the successful conclusion.

Hill is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Prior to being named Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Hill served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and, earlier, as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland. He previously served as a Senior Director for Southeastern Europe at the National Security Council. Earlier in his career, Hill served as the U.S. Ambassador to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Special Envoy for Kosovo, and he played a key role in negotiating the Dayton accords ending the Bosnia war. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. An economics major at Bowdoin, Ambassador Hill earned his master's degree from the Naval War College.

Click here to read about Hill's talk at Bowdoin during Reunion Weekend 2004, shortly after being named U.S. ambassador to Korea.

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