A virtual conversation with Fiona Hill, as part of the Pacific Council x World Affairs Global Leaders Series.
Before Fiona Hill went to Washington as a national security advisor on Russian and Eurasian affairs, her life experiences opened her eyes to the dangerous consequences of economic disruption and social isolation. A coal miner’s daughter who went on to serve in three presidential administrations, Hill observed the decline of opportunity for people in the United States, and other deindustrializing nations as blue-collar work disappeared. When this desperation manifests itself at the ballot box, political chaos ensues, with serious consequences for our democracy. In her new memoir, "There is Nothing For You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century," Hill offers the trajectory of authoritarianism in Russia as a cautionary tale of what could happen here, unless the US is able to heal from its divisions.
Fiona Hill, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings
Fiona Hill is the Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. She recently served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. From 2006 to 2009, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is co-author of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015).