Christopher Hill, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, spoke to Ohio State faculty and students at the Mershon Center today about "Trends in American Foreign Policy: What the Next Administration Will Face."

The event was the Mershon Center’s annual Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Lecture and was organized by Mershon Affiliate Sean Kay, chair of International Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Hill’s address can be viewed as a streaming video in Windows Media or RealPlayer, or downloaded as a podcast from the Mershon subscription page.

Hill served as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from April 2009 until August 2010. He is a career member of the Foreign Service whose prior assignment was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs. He also served as ambassador to the Republic of Korea.

On February 14, 2005, Hill was named as the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Previously he has served as U.S. ambassador to Poland (2000-04), ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-99) and special envoy to Kosovo (1998-99). He also served as special assistant to the president and senior director for southeast European affairs in the National Security Council.

Hill is currently dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver.

Each year the Mershon Center for International Security Studies selects one lecture in honor of Joseph J. Kruzel, an Ohio State faculty member in political science who served in the U.S. Air Force as well as other posts in the federal government. Kruzel was killed in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1995 while serving as deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO affairs.

Christopher Hill (center), former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, stands with Mershon Center Director Craig Jenkins (left), and Mason Chair in Military History Peter Mansoor. Hill gave the Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Lecture on "Trends in American Foreign Policy: What the Next Administration Will Face."