Special Event – Panel on the Future of Korea

Title:  Korea Economic Institute (KEI): The Future of Korea


Speakers: Ambassador Charles L. (Jack) Pritchard, Mr. Daniel J. Tikvart, Mr. Wonchang La


Location: Tipton Hall, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive

This event is free and open to the public. 

Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a KEI (Korea Economic Institute) evening program entitled Future of Korea. The panelists will address political, security, economic, and trade issues pertaining to U.S. – Korea relations and the future of the Korean peninsula. The program will feature Ambassador Charles L. (Jack) Pritchard, President, Korean Economic Institute, Mr. Daniel J. Tikvart, North Korea Unit Chief, U.S. Department of State, Mr. Wonchang La, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C.


On the 60th anniversary of the Korean War last year, we were starkly confronted with two unfortunate examples – North Korea’s sinking of a South Korean warship and its shelling of a South Korean island – of the severe threats to international peace that continue to arise from the Korean Peninsula. At the same time, the current controversy in the U.S. Congress over the Korean Free Trade Agreement has reminded us of the substantial and growing importance of South Korea as a major trade partner. The panelists for the October 27 event will address both of these areas of concern.


Prior to joining the KEI, Ambassador Pritchard was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute from 2003 to 2006, and served as ambassador and special envoy for negotiations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from April 2001 to September 2003. At Brookings, he focused on U.S. policy toward North Korea as well as the evolving nature of the United States-Japan foreign and security relationship.
Daniel Tikvart’s portfolio includes support for the Six-Party Talks on North Korea’s nuclear programs, U.S.-North Korea relations, non-proliferation, human rights and refugees, DPRK internal developments, and other bilateral and multilateral issues related to North Korea.

Mr. Wongchang La is First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) of the Republic of Korea in 1997. He has recently served as Assistant Secretary of Policy Planning and Coordination, Office of the President (2008-2010) and Deputy Director of International Security and Counter-terrorism Division, MOFAT (2008).

KEI is a not-for-profit, educational organization affiliated with the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), a public policy research institute located in Seoul and funded by the South Korean government. KEI focuses its efforts on all aspects of the U.S.-Korea relationship. KEI does not lobby; it welcomes a diversity of views.


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