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August 7, 2008

The Honorable Christopher R. Hill
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
United States Department of State

Guest of Honor

ICAS Annual Liberty Award Dinner 2008
December 4, 2008 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
United States Senate Russell Office Building Caucus Room SR 325

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that The Hon. Christopher R. Hill has been nominated to receive ICAS Annual Liberty Award 2008 for his "outstanding professional achievements, distinguished public service to the nation and people and exemplary leadership" and that he will be honored at the ICAS Annual Liberty Award Dinner 2008.

Previous honorees include The Hon. Grace Chung Becker (Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice), Professor Britton Chance (Eldridge Reeves Johnson University Professor Emeritus of Biophysics, Physical Chemistry, and Radiologic Physics, University of Pennsylvania), The Hon. Elaine L Chao (US Secretary of Labour), The Hon. Viet D Dinh (US Assistant Attorney General; Professor of Law Georgetown University), The Hon. Becky N Dunlop (Vice President of The Heritage Foundation), The Hon. Tony P Hall (US House of Representatives; US Ambassador to UN FAO), The Hon. Charles Kartman (US Ambassador; Chairman KEDO), The Hon. James A. Kelly (Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State), Dr. Jeong H. Kim (President, Lucent Technology Carrier Network), The Hon. Wan J. Kim (Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice), Nobel Laureate Professor Lawrence R. Klein, The Hon. Harold Hongju Koh (US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Democracy; Dean Yale Law School), The Hon. Jim Leach (Chairman, Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs Committee on International Relations United States House of Representatives), The Hon. Tae Sik Lee (Ambassador of Republic of Korea to the United States of America), Professor Martin Meyerson (President Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania; deceased), The Hon. Jerome J. Shestack (Head of Litigation Wolf Block; former President of the American Bar Association), The Hon. Richard L. Walker (US Ambassador to China and Korea; deceased), The Hon. Alfred P. West (Chairman of the SEI Investments) and The Hon. John C. Yoo (US Deputy Assistant Attorney General; Professor of Law UC Berkeley).

Christopher R. Hill was sworn-in as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs on April 8, 2005.

Ambassador Hill is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service whose most recent assignment was as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. On February 14, 2005, he 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 (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Southeast European Affairs in the National Security Council.

Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Ambassador Hill served tours in Belgrade, Warsaw, Seoul, and Tirana, and on the Department of State's Policy Planning staff and in the Department's Operation Center. While on a fellowship with the American Political Science Association, he served as a staff member for Congressman Stephen Solarz working on Eastern European issues. He also served as the Department of State's Senior Country Officer for Poland. Ambassador Hill received the State Department's Distinguished Service Award for his contributions as a member of the U.S. negotiating team in the Bosnia peace settlement, and was a recipient of the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.

Ambassador Hill graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a B.A. in Economics. He received a Master's degree from the Naval War College in 1994. He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, and Albanian. Ambassador Hill is married and has three children.

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