Career diplomat Christopher Hill ’74 focuses his most recent political commentary on U.S. foreign policy and the consequences of the U.S. strategic “pivot” from the Middle East to Asia, discussing international perceptions and how the country’s current foreign policy design may prove unreliable and unpredictable — “or, worse, susceptible to [be misunderstood].”
Hill writes in his opinion piece for Project Syndicate, ”The new world order has given way to an order-less world, in which reliability and predictability have given way to rapid shifts in focus and fickle commitments. And, sadly, this state of affairs seems to be emanating not from countries in crisis, but rather from the U.S. itself.”
He argues that instead of constricting foreign policy to a location in the world, the Obama administration should “set out America’s foreign-policy priorities and explain how the US plans to pursue them.”
Hill previously served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia and Poland, as well as the chief negotiator with North Korea from 2005 to 2009. He is now Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.