The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 65

institution-building. He thinks
that China cannot force the
United States out of the Asian
If the United States can
resolve some of its current
political divisions, upgrade its
diplomatic services and enjoy
stronger leadership going
forward, Pascoe concluded,
it will continue to exert a
vibrant, positive influence on
Asian stability and security for
decades to come.
Amb. Pascoe also pre-
sented a talk to a special
class of some 70 advanced
students and faculty on
“The Nexus Between U.S.
Diplomacy and the U.N.” He
stressed that despite its
daunting global political and
financial obstacles, the United
Nations has been doing bet-
ter in conflict management
in recent years, mainly due to
improved management, much
of which has been fostered by
American diplomats.
In addition, he said, the
organization is relying more
on capable NGOs, which
sometimes operate more effi-
ciently than the U.N. bureau-
cracy. Pascoe also briefly
spoke about Foreign Service
careers, exhorting students
to take the entrance exam as
soon as convenient.
In his closing remarks,
English again praised AFSA
for developing this valuable
—Tom Switzer, Speakers
Bureau Director
USC continued from page 49
Federal Benefits Event Draws
a Full House
On May 19, AFSA welcomed Paula Jakub of the Ameri-
can Foreign Service Protective Association for an
encore of her popular seminar, “The Coordination of
Medicare and FEHB,” explaining the intricacies of fed-
eral benefits. Our members responded strongly, as we
had a packed house —more than 110 people attended.
A complete recording of the event is available at www.; for a copy of Ms. Jakub’s PowerPoint
presentation, please contact Matt Sumrak at sumrak@
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