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UCLan to host international relations lecture from US Ambassador

26 November 2015

Amy-Louise Thompson

Ambassador Don P Gregg to give free public lecture on international relations  

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is delighted to welcome Ambassador Donald Phinney Gregg for a free public lecture as part of a two-day only visit to receive an honorary Doctorate during the University’s winter graduation week.

Invited by the UCLan International Institute of Korean Studies, Ambassador Gregg will give a lecture on ‘the United States in East Asia: Past, Present and Future.’

Ambassador Gregg’s illustrious career started in 1951 when he joined the CIA. He was the US Ambassador to South Korea and remains an active figure in US politics to East Asia. He also represented the United States in Tokyo and speaks Japanese.

 

The lecture will be held on Monday 7 December in UCLan’s Adelphi Building from 3pm – 5pm and is open to all.

During a rich and varied career in US intelligence and he diplomatic service, he famously helped to negotiate the release of former South Korean president and Nobel Peace prize winner Kim Dae-Jung (when he was an opposition figure) after he was kidnapped by the South Korean services from a hotel room in Tokyo.

Ambassador Gregg was National Security Adviser to the first George Bush when he was Vice-President in which capacity he met with Deng Xiaoping among others. Most recently Ambassador Gregg has led a number of Track II diplomatic initiatives with North Korea – in New York and Pyongyang.

The lecture will be held on Monday 7 December in UCLan’s Adelphi Building from 3pm – 5pm and is open to all. Please email Hazel Smith to reserve a place.