21 July 2019

Christopher R. Hill

Christopher R. Hill is former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and now Dean of the Korbel School of Int. Studies, University of Denver.
  • US President Donald Trump's administration has not brought an effective case against China to the World Trade Organization, nor has it marshaled the support of European allies who share its concerns about China’s behavior.  Photo: Reuters

    From pivot to stumble in Asia

    - Nov 29, 2018 9:40am
    US President Donald Trump blew off two multilateral summits in Asia this month. Given his soggy and sulking performance that week in Paris, during the international commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War...
  • US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their summit in Singapore on June 12. Since then, there has been no substantial progress toward denuclearization. Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s floundering North Korea strategy

    - Oct 29, 2018 7:36am
    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This aphorism, often attributed to Albert Einstein, seems to be the inspiration for US President Donald Trump’s North Korea policy. Trump’s approach...
  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (right) and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev speak during a signing ceremony between Greece and Macedonia on the shore of Lake Prespa on June 17, 2018. Photo: AFP

    Putin overplays his hand

    - Aug 21, 2018 8:35am
    The Kremlin’s foreign policy increasingly seems to rest on the assumption that all countries are as corruptible as Vladimir Putin’s Russia. This was evident most recently in Russia’s alleged efforts to undermine an agreement between Greece...
  • Undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at a bus depot in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday.  Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s immigration trap

    - Jul 27, 2018 5:47pm
    Donald Trump’s presidency reminds me of nothing so much as the wars in Yugoslavia in the 1990s. At the height of the violence, a Serb friend said to me: “I don’t like Milošević. I don’t...
  • How serious is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un about denuclearization? Photo: AFP

    North Korean action for US words?

    - May 24, 2018 1:44pm
    Just days ago, the planned summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seemed to be hanging by a thread. Talks are still on track, but the North Koreans have...
  • To prove that he is not being played “like a fiddle,” Donald Trump will need to carry out several tasks simultaneously when he meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Reuters

    What to expect from the Trump-Kim summit

    - May 2, 2018 10:20am
    Since the April 27 summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, US President Donald Trump has sought, unsurprisingly, to portray himself as the mastermind behind inter-Korean diplomacy. But, despite...
  • US President Donald Trump's recent cabinet shakeup, with Mike Pompeo (left) as Secretary of State and John Bolton as National Security Adviser, represents a significant shift in national security priorities and attitudes. Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s new national security team

    - Apr 4, 2018 9:47am
    US President Donald Trump’s recent cabinet shakeup – with former CIA Director Mike Pompeo replacing Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and foreign-policy hardliner John Bolton replacing H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser – represents a...
  • Turkish-backed fighters fly a drone in the northwestern province of Afrin on Feb. 15. Turkey has launched a bold campaign against Syria’s Kurds. Photo: Reuters

    What does the US want in Syria?

    - Feb 20, 2018 3:24pm
    Given that most of the Middle East is now in a state of turmoil, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should be commended for keeping the Syrian conflict in mind during his recent trip to the...
  • With his Olympic coup, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has both managed the North Korean threat to the Games and avoided any backlash from the United States. Photo: Reuters

    Moon Jae-in’s Olympic realpolitik

    - Feb 1, 2018 9:01am
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in has made a good start to the New Year. Not only did he broker an agreement to bring North Korea to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang; he also convinced US...
  • Donald Trump is yet to display the seriousness of purpose and level of discipline that is required to solve the North Korea problem, critics say. Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s missing North Korea strategy

    - Nov 30, 2017 9:08am
    US President Donald Trump certainly has a point when he complains that he inherited the difficult problem in North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has shown no interest in negotiation, or even in listening to...
  • Iran frequently alludes to its right to maintain a modern military, with advanced missiles, though it stops short of claiming a right to nuclear weapons. Photo: Xinhua

    An agenda for US-Iran negotiations

    - Nov 1, 2017 9:08am
    US President Donald Trump has decided not to certify that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement constraining Iran’s nuclear weapons program. In effect, Trump has...
  • Donald Trump will not be able to avoid playing a role in the Middle East despite his plan to focus on domestic policy. Photo: Reuters

    Trump and the Middle East cauldron

    - Dec 1, 2016 9:19am
    One of the hallmarks of a presidential transition in the United States is a comprehensive policy review, aimed at determining which policies to retain and which to eliminate or change. As President-elect Donald Trump moves toward...
  • Chinese and Russian warships take part in a joint naval drill in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

    China’s bad-neighbor policy is bad business

    - Jul 4, 2016 11:49am
    These are difficult times for China. After decades of double-digit GDP growth, today’s slowdown points to an economic system in trouble. Once hailed as a model of development, the Chinese economy now appears sclerotic and cumbersome....
  • Under Kim Jong-un, North Korea is beginning to look like a forerunner in a global trend toward nationalism, self-sufficiency and authoritarianism. Photo: AFP/KCNA

    The Donald Trump of North Korea

    - May 30, 2016 9:27am
    By all accounts, the much anticipated Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea was a non-event. If the first such meeting of North Korea’s highest organ in more than 35 years had any impact at...
  • Under the rule of Kim Jong-un, North Korea has entrenched its status as a failed economy. Photo:

    North Korea’s endgame

    - Aug 28, 2015 9:45am
    Negotiators from the two Koreas appear to have resolved this month’s crisis, in which South Korea’s use of loudspeakers to broadcast messages across the demilitarized zone spurred threats of war from the North. That is welcome...
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is welcomed by supporters after the nuclear deal with the West. Photo: Internet

    North Korea nuclear pact never held, will the Iran deal work?

    - Jul 31, 2015 9:41am
    It didn’t take long, but according to the Korea Central News Agency, the North Koreans are underwhelmed by the Iran nuclear deal — and thus unlikely to follow suit. The North Korean announcement took pains to...

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