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International Corespondent Linda Fasulo Shares Experiences with United Nations at Davidson

Linda Fasulo
Linda Fasulo

October 18, 2000
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

by Matt Garfield '04, photo by Eron Earley-Thiele '04

Linda Fasulo wouldn't be where she is today without the help of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Speaking at Davidson on October 12 through sponsorship by the Dean Rusk Program in International Studies, The NBC News United Nations correspondent said Saddam's mischief, and the war in the Persian Gulf that followed, put the United Nations at the forefront of international affairs--and gave correspondents like her juicy stories to cover for several years.

"If it hadn't been for that man, a lot of journalists would be out of a job, she said. "Saddam has been great for us."

In her talk, entitled "Covering the U.N.," Fasulo addressed the major issues facing the U.N. almost ten years after the war.

"I think the United Nations is enjoying a renaissance as we enter the new millennium," she said before delving into the synopsis.

Israel seems to be gaining greater respect and acceptance among member nations, due in large part to the efforts of U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

"There seems to be a more pragmatic and equitable way of dealing with the Middle East," she said.

The failure of the U.S. to pay its monetary dues, which are believed to have skyrocketed to more than $100 million, has created resentment from member nations.

"That makes it difficult for (the U.S.) to get things done," she said.

The U.N.'s role in peacekeeping missions around the globe is changing.

In the past, said Fasulo, peacekeepers were ill-prepared for their missions, be it because of violent adversaries or unfriendly climates. There is greater emphasis on preparing soldiers more extensively before deploying them into trouble spots.

The upcoming presidential election represents a potential "transition" period for the United Nations.

"The sense is that if Vice President Gore is elected, there will be great continuity," said Fasulo, suggesting that Gore would maintain many of the policies of the Clinton administration.

Should Texas Gov. George W. Bush win the presidency, Fasulo said there is much more uncertainty about how the United States' role at the U.N. would be affected.

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