The Foreign Service Journal, July-August 2014

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | JULY-AUGUST 2014 49 AFSA NEWS AFSA Launches Speaker Partnership with USC On April 23, AFSA launched a new Speaker Partnership with the School of International Relations at the Univer- sity of Southern Califor- nia in Los Angeles. Robert English, direc- tor of SIR, opened the event, warmly thanking AFSA for developing this important partnership. He expressed USC’s desire to expand the new rela- tionship over the long term. Keynoting the event was Ambassador Lynn Pascoe, who recently served as United Nations undersecretary general for political affairs, overseeing all conflict plan- ning, and before that spent several decades focused on U.S. security policy toward Asia. His talk, “American Diplo- macy and Conflict in Asia– Lessons and Opportunities,” was attended by some 150 faculty and students from var- ious USC departments. They asked numerous thoughtful questions about the Foreign Service. Amb. Pascoe empha- sized that the United States, working through and with the United Nations, must con- tinue to build strong shared values with Asian allies, and assist local nongovernmental organizations with effective Above, Ambassador Lynn Pascoe speaking at the USC School of Inter- national Relations. Discussions continued after the talk among (left to right) Prof. Jonathan Aronson, Robert English, Amb. Pascoe and students. Continued on page 65 2014 AFSA Award Winners Charles Stuart Kennedy Jr. Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Con s t r u c t i ve D i s s en t Awa rd s Ambassador Jonathan Addleton Christian A. Herter Award for a Senior Foreign Service Officer David Holmes William R. Rivkin Award for a Mid-Level FSO William O’Bryan W. Averell Harriman Award for an Entry-Level FSO Nick Pietrowicz F. Allen “Tex” Harris Award for a Foreign Service Specialist Exemp l a r y Pe r fo rman c e Awa rd s Carol K. Backman Nelson B. Delavan Award for a Foreign Service Office Management Specialist Mary Kay Cunningham M. Juanita Guess Award for a Community Liaison Officer Kari Osborne Avis Bohlen Award for a Foreign Service Family Member Full coverage of AFSA’s June 18 awards ceremony, profiles of the winners and related articles will appear in the September issue of The Foreign Service Journal .