Confirmed by the U.S. Senate himself five times during his diplomatic career, Christopher Hill ’74 weighs in the Senate confirmation process for senior positions in President Barack Obama’s second-term administration.
“These types of spectacles used to be reserved for the nomination of Supreme Court justices — a lifetime appointment to a nine-member body that can overturn laws passed by Congress and signed by the president. But those full-throttle battles have now spilled over to other nominations,” writes Hill in his latest opinion piece for Project Syndicate. “As a result, an individual’s agreement to serve the president for two or three years has become a life-altering — and mind-numbing – experience.”
Hill, currently dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver, was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia and Poland. He was also special envoy for Kosovo, a negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords, and chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea from 2005-2009.