Career diplomat Christopher Hill writes of the recent U.S.-Russian agreement on chemical weapons in Syria and how this is a hopeful step for further U.S.-Russian cooperation on other pressing global issues.
“A cooperative U.S.-Russia relationship is essential if the international system, now almost dysfunctional, is to work properly in the future,” writes Hill in his latest opinion piece for Project Syndicate.
“At this point, any peace process is a long shot, but so is the prospect of either side winning militarily, with or without the arrival of American arms for the rebels. The world needs all hands on deck – not only Russian and American, but also Arab, Chinese, European and anyone else’s. The beacon of hope shining from Geneva should guide us all.”
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.