Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich hosts Ambassador Donald Gregg

Donald Gregg

Donald Gregg

Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich, Inc. (RMA) hosts U.S. Ambassador Donald Gregg Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Place, Greenwich. Gregg will discuss “The New Administration’s Foreign Policy Challenges.”

American pivot to Asia? North Korea with The Bomb? Stability or Chaos in the Middle East?  Russia Resurgent? EU dissolving? Historic droughts and floods unleashed by climate change? How –or can- President Trump lead us through these hazards?  The RMA is proud to present Ambassador Donald Gregg, who will share his thinking on the world situation through the lens of his unique background as a top diplomat and intelligence operative.   

Donald P. Gregg currently is chairman of the Pacific Century Institute (PCI) in Los Angeles and chairman emeritus of The Korea Society in New York City.

Following graduation from Williams College in 1951, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), 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.  In 1982, Gregg was asked by the then Vice President George Bush to become his national security advisor. He then retired from the CIA, and was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. During his six years with Vice President Bush, Gregg traveled to 65 countries. Gregg also served as a professorial lecturer at Georgetown University from 1980-1989, where he taught a graduate level workshop entitled Force and Diplomacy.

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 is actively 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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The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday that is open to the public, both men and women; no reservations are required. Social break starts at 10:40 a.m. followed promptly by speaker at 11. Programs are at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam in Greenwich. For additional information see greenwichrma.org or contact [email protected]

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