Fiona Hill, the National Security Council’s former senior director for Europe and Russia, arrives on Capitol Hill on Nov. 21, 2019.

Terry Gross, NPR »

Hill grew up in the coal country of northeast England, the daughter of a miner. By the time she graduated from high school in 1984, the mines had closed down. At her father’s urging, she moved to the U.S. in 1989. She became a U.S. citizen in 2002.

Hill’s new memoir, There Is Nothing for You Here, takes its title from the words her father used when he encouraged her to leave England. In her time in the U.S., Hill says she has seen the country take progressively “darker turns,” including the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

“The United States is teetering on the edge of violence here. We’re already, I think, in a cold civil war,” she says. “We’ve got a chance now to turn this around. But if we don’t take it, we’re heading down that autocratic path that we’ve seen in other countries.”

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