Hill, Dr. William

Professor, National Security Strategy

National War College


Dr. William Hill 
 joined the faculty of the National War College in 2007.  A retired foreign service officer, Dr. Hill is an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union, east-west relations, and European multilateral diplomacy.  He served two terms – January 2003-July 2006 and June 1999-November 2001 – as Ambassador and Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, where he was charged with negotiation of a political settlement to the Transdniestrian conflict and facilitation of the withdrawal of Russian forces, arms, and ammunition from Moldova.  He has been a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC in 2001-2002 and 2014-2015, and an Associate of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in 2006-2007.  He is the author of Russia, the Near Abroad and the West: Lessons from the Moldova-Transdniestria Conflict, and a forthcoming study of European security institutions since 1989, tentatively entitled No Place for Russia.

During his foreign service career he served in Moscow, Leningrad, Belgrade, the U.S. CSCE delegation in Vienna, and Dhaka.  In Washington, DC, he held a number of posts involving east-west relations, political-military affairs, and intelligence analysis, including CSCE Coordinator and Chief of Analysis for Eastern Europe in the State Department, European Division Chief in the Voice of America (at the time the Berlin Wall fell), and Senior Advisor for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.

 Prior to joining the foreign service, Dr. Hill held teaching and research posts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Virginia Tech, and the Harvard Russian Research Center.  He holds BA in history from Harvard and a PhD in Russian history and Soviet politics from the University of California at Berkeley, and studied at Leningrad State University and Moscow State University as a participant in the U.S.-Soviet academic exchange.  His languages include Russian, Serbian, Croatian, German, Romanian, and French.

Functional Expertise: Conflict Resolution & Prevention; Multilateral Diplomacy

Regional Expertise: Eurasia; Europe; Russia