Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill

Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professor, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs

SAIS Europe


  • Europe
  • Domestic Influences On Foreign Policy
  • European Union Foreign Policy
  • International Relations

Background and Education

Christopher Hill is the Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is Emeritus Professor of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge. Previously he was the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations in POLIS at the University of Cambridge (from 2004 until October 2016) and Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics (1991-2004). Hill is the author of many books in the areas of foreign policy analysis and general international relations, including most recently The Future of British Foreign Policy: Security and Diplomacy in a World after Brexit (Polity Press, 2019), International Relations and the European Union (edited with Michael Smith and Sophie Vanhoonacker, Oxford University Press, 2017), and The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Hill’s research focuses on foreign policy analysis and the international politics of Europe (including both the EU’s exter­nal relations and the foreign policies of the Member States), as well as general international relations, theories and practice. He continues to work on the subject of his recent book, that is the relationship between social diversity and international relations, and is extending this into the international politics of migration.

He is former Chair of the British International Studies Association and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007. He has been an elected Council Member at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and a member of many editorial advisory boards including those of the Journal of Common Market Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, International Affairs and Critique internationale. He has just taken on the joint editorship, with Professor Christian Lequesne of Sciences Po, Paris, of the European Review of International Studies. He recently received the honor of being made an "Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia."

Hill received both his MA and DPhil from the University of Oxford. He has held visiting positions at the Royal Institute of International Affairs; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Department of Govern­ment at Dartmouth College, the European University Institute, the Università di Catania, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the University of California at San Diego, the Università di Siena, and St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

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Fall 2018 
This course aim...
This course aims both to introduce the subject of Foreign Policy Analysis to those who have not studied it before, and to allow those with some existing familiarity the opportunity to develop their understanding to an advanced level, and in particular to apply concepts to the countries and cases of their choice. It should also provide a good foundation for those intending to write their dissertations on any aspect of foreign policy or of decision-making. In making agency its main concern it provides an essential complement to courses in International Relations (usually the majority) which focus on structural or system-wide features. (GT&H)
Fall 2018 
The course focu...
The course focuses on the foreign policy of one the major European powers, but one which has entered a major period of transition as a result of the referendum vote in June 2016 to leave the European Union after 43 years of membership. This is a decision which will have enormous consequences for citizens of the United Kingdom given the importance of the Single European Market to their economy, and the critical part played in both foreign policy and security policy by coordination with other EU Member States. A key question to ask is the extent to which the UK will wish, and be able, to reconstruct good relations with the EU and with its Member States once it has withdrawn, given the imperatives of geography and of multilateralism in the modern world.

This is also a decision with significant implications for the development of the EU itself, which for the first time is facing the prospect of losing a member, and one of the Big Three at that. This could damage further an organization already reeling from the crises in the eurozone, over migration and over the rise of populism. Conversely it might spur the EU into new collective commitments, free of the brake exerted by the EU, and it might lead Germany finally to take on the leadership role so many have expected of it. There are also interesting possibilities for change in relation to the UK's apparent turn towards a renewed global role, and to its necessary interest in new or revived bilateral relationships, particularly with key states such as the USA, Japan, India and China.

The course will appeal to those who wish to gain a deeper knowledge of UK politics and foreign policy, of the international politics of Europe, and of the complex challenges facing the foreign policy-makers of a middle range power, caught between domestic constraints, globalisation and regional institutions. It also focuses on the key question facing all states of the balance between change and continuity in foreign policy. (Cross listed European and Eurasian Studies/International Political Economy)