Christopher R. Hill is an American diplomat who in the period 1996-1999 held the office of first ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Macedonia.
In the beginning of the 1990s, USA was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Macedonia and opened its diplomatic mission in Skopje. Christopher Hill, as the first ambassador of USA in the Republic of Macedonia, has an exceptional merit for developing and strengthening the relations and cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the United States of America. He is largely deserving for strengthening the international position of the Republic of Macedonia during a turbulent period in the Balkans, in the first years of independence of the Republic of Macedonia and this credit of his carries enormous importance and has long-term positive effects for our country.
In the relations with Macedonian institutions and political representatives, during his mandate in the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Christopher Hill demonstrated a high degree of understanding the significance in international politic of the fundamental context of bilateral relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the United States of America s. According to this well-known American diplomat, the best approach for solving the problems is respect of the geopolitical, economic and security-related reality, as well as international understanding of common values connecting the countries and the peoples.
During his stay in the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Hill demonstrated high ability in recognizing the local traditions and the people of different political, ethnic and religious background. Residing in Skopje, Mr. Christopher Hill was often present at various city events and made many friends from the city. His credits in terms of strengthening the international position of the Republic of Macedonia are, in fact, credits for strengthening the international position of Skopje, as the capital of the country.
Christopher Hill was born in 1952. He graduated in Economy from the Bowdoin College in Brunswick and obtained a Master’s Degree from the Naval War College. He volunteered in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, where he received his first lessons in diplomacy.
He began his diplomatic career in 1977and since then has worked in several US Embassies throughout the world. From 1978-80, Ambassador Hill was in Belgrade; from 1983-85 he was in Warsaw; and from 1985-88 he was in Seoul.
Christopher Hill is an excellent connoisseur of the Balkans situations. In the period 1989-1990, Mr. Hill was Special Envoy in the mission in Kosovo, and in 1996-1999 he performed the function of US Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia. During his stay in the Balkans, Mr. Christopher Hill worked together with Mr. Richard Holbrooke, to whom he served as deputy concerning the Dayton Peace Talks in 1995.
In the period 2000-2004, Christopher Hill served as USA Ambassador to Poland, and from 2004-2005 he once again served in Korea, this time as Ambassador. In November 2006, Hill was nominated for the grade of career minister, the second-highest rank for US career diplomats. Hill speaks Polish, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Albanian.”
Since December 2007, Mr. Christopher Hill has been serving as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Christopher Hill was a recipient of the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis. Ambassador Hill is the recipient of the special award by the State Department for his contribution as a member of the US negotiation team, in establishing peace in Bosnia.
For his exceptional contribution in creating sound bilateral relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the USA and strengthening the international position of RM, in 2007 the current Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Mr. Christopher Hill was awarded the “Order of the 8th September” by Mr. Branko Crvenkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia, in 2007.