Former Envoy to North Korea to Discuss Talks

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Charles “Jack” Pritchard, a former United States special envoy to North Korea, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center as part of the Hallock Lecture Series. The program is free.

The Columbus appearance will be a homecoming of sorts for Pritchard, who spent a portion of his childhood on Fort Benning and later graduated from Baker High School.

Jack Pritchard Pritchard, right, now president of the Washington D.C.-based Korea Economic Institute, will discuss the “Six-Party Talks” to end North Korea’s nuclear program through negotiations involving China, the United States, North and South Korea, Japan and Russia.

A non-profit educational organization, KEI focuses on all aspects of U.S.-Korea relations. The institute is affiliated with the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy in Seoul and is funded by the South Korean government.

From 2003-2006, Pritchard was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he focused on U.S. policy toward North Korea as well as the evolving nature of the United States-Japan foreign and security relationship.

A former U.S. Army officer and attaché in Tokyo, Pritchard’s political involvement in world affairs has led to several milestones, including his service as special envoy for negotiations with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration from 2001-2003.

He also served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asian affairs under President Clinton. He also has received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.

Pritchard holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mercer University, 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.

The Hallock Lecture Series is coordinated by Columbus State’s Department of Political Science and MPA Program and made possible through a gift from the Richard R. Hallock Foundation. For more information, call 706-565-7875.