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Nov. 15: Amb. Donald Gregg on Korea

This is a chance to hear about the problems of North Korea from one of the world's leading authorities, former Amb. Donald Gregg. Gregg was US Amb to South Korea under Bush I, from 1989-93. Since then he has been chairman of the Korea Society.

When: Tuesday 15 November Refreshments 5:45 PM; Korean Dinner 6:30 PM; talk 7:30 PM

Where: Woodstock Country Club

The Indianapolis Committee on Foreign Relations is sponsoring Gregg's talk. To RSVP contact Courtenay Weldon at courtenayweldon@comcast.net. More details will be posted as they take shape.

More on Gregg:

Gregg has a long and distinguished background in Asian policy affairs that spans more than 50 years. Currently the chairman of the board of the New York
City-based Korea Society, a nonpartisan group that promotes understanding between the United States and Korea, he recently visited North Korea twice as a
private citizen, met with government officials there and gave advice directly to the White House. He also keeps in touch with officials, business people and scholars in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.

Gregg entered public service in 1951. Following his graduation from Williams College, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and, over the next quarter century, was assigned to Japan, Burma, Vietnam and Korea. He was decorated by the Korean government in 1975. In 1979 Gregg was seconded to the National Security Council staff, where he was in charge of intelligence activities and Asian policy affairs.

In 1982, Gregg was asked by then-Vice President Bush to become his national security adviser. He retired from the CIA, receiving its highest decoration, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, and served as national security adviser for six years. During his six years with Vice President Bush, Gregg traveled to 65 countries, including Korea.

Between 1980 and 1989, Gregg also served as a professorial lecturer at Georgetown University, where he taught a graduate level workshop titled "Force and Diplomacy" to students in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program.

In September 1989, Gregg was appointed ambassador to Korea by then-President Bush and served in that position for the next three-and-a-half years. Prior to his departure from Korea in 1993, he received the U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, an honorary degree from Sogang University, and a decoration from the Prime Minister of Korea. In March 1993, Gregg retired from a 43-year career in the United States government and assumed his current position with the Korea Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Recent awards he has received include an honorary degree from Green Mountain College (1996), the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service (2001) and Williams College's Kellogg Award for career achievement (2001).

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