Christopher Hill '74 to be New U.S. Ambassador in Iraq

Story posted February 27, 2009

President Barack Obama has confirmed that Christopher Hill '74 is becoming the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

Officials had said earlier this month that Hill was the leading candidate to replace Ryan Crocker as the nation's top diplomat in Baghdad.

Christopher Hill: The Diplomat's Craft
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In an in-depth and wide-ranging interview, Hill spoke at length with Bowdoin magazine about friendly persuasion, Whiffle golf and knowing when to pound the table. He also speaks of what it's like to negotiate on behalf of a U.S. government that, in the past, has not always been willing to talk with its enemies.

Read the interview.


Speaking to Marines Friday, February 27, 2009, at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Obama said Hill has shown the "pragmatism and skill" that is needed now in Iraq.

Hill is a career foreign service officer who served as Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Bush administration.

He led the U.S. delegation to the 2007 six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear issue.

Hill earlier served as a negotiator in the crises in Bosnia and Kosovo.

In January, Obama chose former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell '54 to serve as Special Envoy to the Middle East.

Mitchell and Hill join former Ambassador Thomas Pickering '53 and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen '62 in exemplifying the culture of leadership and diplomacy that is cultivated at the College.

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