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Panel of foreign affairs experts to examine future of Korea, Wednesday, September 19, 2007

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – What is the future of Korea?  That is the question experts on Korea will seek to answer during a panel discussion at Vassar College Wednesday, September 19, at 5:30 pm, in the Students’ Building second floor.  Panelists include Jung Jiweon of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Dorothy Stuehmke, Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (North) Economic Officer at the U.S. Department of State, and Charles L. (Jack) Pritchard of the Korea Economic Institute. This event is free and open to the public.

The panel’s participants will explore several timely topics including economic issues, such as the Korea – U.S. Free Trade Agreement, as well as political and security issues, such as the Six-Party Talks regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.  James M. Olson of the World Affairs Counsel will moderate the discussion. Olson is also Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations at Vassar and previously worked for the Development Office of the United Nations Association in New York.

About Jung Jiweon

Jung Jiweon is Labor Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C.  Previously, Jung served as Deputy Director and Team Leader in the Ministry of Labor from 1991 to 2003, and Assistant Advisor for Labor Policy, Office of the President from 2003 to 2006.  Jung received a master’s degree in labor relations from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Yeongnam University in Korea.

About Dorothy Stuehmke

Dorothy Stuehmke is a Foreign Affairs Officer for the Korea Desk at the U.S. Department of State, where her portfolio includes North Korea economic issues, with a focus on humanitarian aid, the Economic and Energy Cooperation Working Group under the Six-Party Talks, and facilitating the passage of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Prior to joining the State Department, Stuehmke completed a two-year Korean language at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and Korea University. She received a master's degree in Public Administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About Charles L. Pritchard

Charles L. (Jack) Pritchard is President of the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) in Washington.  He served as ambassador and special envoy for negotiations to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and United States representative to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization for the administration of George W. Bush from April 2001 to September 2003.  He is also a former United States Army officer and attaché in Tokyo, Japan.  He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia; a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Hawaii; and a diploma from the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo.

About the Korea Economic Institute

The Korea Economic Institute (KEI) was established in 1982 as a not-for-profit, educational organization. KEI focuses its efforts in the economic area, but addresses all aspects of relations between the United States and the Republic of Korea. KEI's Mission is to educate Americans on developments in Korea and U.S.-Korea relations; to serve as a resource center for up-to-date information on Korean economic trends; and to keep Korean government officials informed of key developments and trends in U.S. foreign and economic policy.

KEI receives a majority of its funding from the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), a Korean government public policy research institution in Seoul, Korea.

This panel discussion is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of Chinese and Japanese, the Asian Studies Program, the International Studies Program, and the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 7, 2007