Career diplomat Christopher Hill ’74 writes about Russia’s annexation of Crimea and ongoing intimidation of Ukraine signifying the end of the 25-year period of Russia’s aligning itself with Euro-Atlantic goals and traditions.
“As the weeks pass, it is increasingly clear that the challenge is not so much Ukraine — which will continue to lurch from one crisis to the next — as it is Russia and its regression, recidivism, and revanchism.” writes Hill in his latest piece for Project Syndicate. “Americans need to understand the challenge they are facing from a Russia that no longer seems interested in what the West has been offering for the past 25 years.”
Currently Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Hill is former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, was U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia and Poland, a U.S. special envoy for Kosovo, a negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords, and the chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea from 2005-2009.
Hill, who is to be awarded an honorary degree at Bowdoin’s 209th Commencement May 24, 2014, will present the keynote address at Baccalaureate one day earlier.