July, 2017 – Donald P. Gregg
Donald Gregg’s Experiences in the CIA, White House and the Two Korea’s
A talk by Donald Gregg
July, 2017 (tentative)
6:30pm, Lamb Room at New Canaan Library
Donald P. Gregg joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1951, and over the next quarter century was assigned to Japan, Burma, Vietnam and Korea. He was seconded to the National Security Council staff in 1979, where he was in charge of intelligence activities and Asian policy affairs. During his six years with Vice President Bush, Gregg traveled to 65 countries.
In September 1989, Gregg began his service as the United States Ambassador to Korea. Prior to his departure from Korea in 1993, he received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, an honorary doctoral 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 to become the president and chairman of The Korea Society. He has been chairman emeritus since 2009. In 2012 Gregg was appointed chairman of the Pacific Century Institute.
Gregg remains strongly interested in establishing normal relations with North Korea, a country he has visited six times. The Pacific Century Institute actively supports unofficial meetings between Americans with significant experience in Korea with North Korean officials. Gregg led a PCI delegation to North Korea in February 2014.
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