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February 2010 

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  1. Ceaser, James W.
    Why Tocqueville on China?: An Introductory Essay.
    American Enterprise Institute, January 2010, 17 pages. (pamphlet)
    "What in the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville could conceivably be thought to offer any guidance for the study of contemporary China?" (From the American Enterprise Institute)
     

  2. Gilley, Bruce.
    "Not So Dire Straits: How the Finlandization of Taiwan Benefits Security."
    Foreign Affairs, January/February 2010, pp. 44 - 60.  (article)
    "In recent years, Taiwan and China have increased their economic ties and abandoned the military logic that dominated their relations for decades."
    (From Foreign Affairs)
     

  3. Glaser, Bonnie S. and Ralph A. Cossa.
    Building Trust Across the Taiwan Strait.
    (A Role for Military Confidence-building Measures)
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 12, 2010, 30 pages.
    "The United States should continue to express its firm support for the ongoing process of easing cross-strait tensions and trust building and take reasonable steps to bolster Taipei's sense of security and confidence in the U.S.-Taiwan relationship." (From CSIS)
     

  4. Glaser, Bonnie.
    US-China Relations: Obama-Hu Summit: Success or Disappointment? 
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 2010, 15 pages.  (pamphlet)
    "2009 witnessed the elevation of China-US relations to the global stage in response to the twin challenges of the financial crisis and climate change. Presidents Obama and Hu agreed to pursue a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship and set out to address the problem of a strategic trust deficit between their two countries." (From CSIS)
     

  5. Romberg, Alan D.
    Cross-Strait Relations: Weathering the Storm.
    China Leadership Monitor, Fall 2009, 38 pages.  (article)
    "Just as future projections for Taiwan's economy were beginning to look up, Typhoon Morakot wreaked havoc on the island. As in the case of the economic crisis, although the origins of the problem did not lie with the Ma administration, the perceived failure to respond in a timely and effective manner struck a major political blow to the government's credibility. Eventual rescue and recovery efforts-including participation by U.S. military assets-and replacement of the premier and much of the Cabinet have, in this case, however, gone some way to restoring equilibrium in fairly quick order." (From Hoover Institution)    
     

  6. Secretary Clinton's Speech on Development in the 21st Century.
    (Clinton addresses Peterson Institute for International Economics)
    America.gov, January 6, 2010, 20 pages.  (pamphlet)
    "So it's time for a new mindset for a new century. Time to retire old debates and replace dogmatic attitudes with clear reasoning and common sense. And time to elevate development as a central pillar of all that we do in our foreign policy. And it is past time to rebuild USAID into the world's premier development agency." (From America.gov)
     

  7. "Current Issues Concerning U.S. Public Diplomacy."
    From U.S. Public Diplomacy: Background and Current Issues.
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, December 18, 2009, pp. 34-54.  (article)
    "The body of this report is divided into five sections.5 The first section provides background information on U.S. public diplomacy, its legislative foundations, and the history of modern U.S. public diplomacy including the former USIA. The second section discusses the abolishment of USIA and the transfer of its functions to the Department of State. The third section discusses the current structure of public diplomacy within the Department of State as well as its budget and personnel levels. The fourth section gives a detailed overview of some of the major related policy issues and perceived challenges to the effectiveness of U.S. public diplomacy, and proposed reforms and solutions. Finally, the fifth section describes proposed legislation intended to reform and improve U.S. public diplomacy." (From CRS Report)

 

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  1. 美國貿易代表署與美國農業部針對台灣違反雙邊協議不合理限制美國牛肉進口發表聯合聲明。 
    Joint Statement from USTR, USDA on Taiwan's Actions to Unjustifiably Restrict U.S. Beef Imports in Violation of Our Bilateral Agreement.  
    OT-1001, January 6, 2010, 5 pages.
    "The decision to violate our bilateral agreement is particularly disappointing, as the United States has long been one of Taiwan"s most important trade and investment partners, as well as the strongest supporter of Taiwan's active participation in the global trading system, including its membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)." (From AIT)
     

  2. 歐巴馬總統關於強化情報與飛航安全的演講。
    Strengthening Intelligence and Aviation Security. 
    (Remarks by President Barack Obama on Strengthening Intelligence and Aviation Security.)
    OT-1002E, January 7, 2010, 11 pages.
    "And in this cause, every one of us -- every American, every elected official -- can do our part.  Instead of giving into cynicism and division, let's move forward with the confidence and optimism and unity that defines us as a people.  For now is not a time for partisanship, it's a time for citizenship -- a time to come together and work together with the seriousness of purpose that our national security demands." (From AIT)
     

  3. 亞洲的區域性架構:原則與重點。 
    Remarks on Regional Architecture in Asia: Principles and Priorities.
    (Hillary Rodham Clinton)
    OT-1003, January 14, 2010, 25 pages.
    "We start from a simple premise: America's future is linked to the future of the Asia-Pacific region; and the future of this region depends on America. The United States has a strong interest in continuing its tradition of economic and strategic leadership, and Asia has a strong interest in the United States remaining a dynamic economic partner and a stabilizing military influence." (From AIT)
     

  4. 美國國務卿希拉蕊柯林頓關於網際網路自由的演說。 
    Remarks on Internet Freedom: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State.
    OT- 1004, January 21, 2010, 23 pages.
    "Internet freedom is essential to upholding human rights and encouraging economic prosperity, and the United States plans to aggressively promote Internet access for all peoples, says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton." (From America.gov)
     

  5. 美國國務院亞洲安全背景簡報:資深政府官員。
    U.S. Department of State Background Briefing on Asian Security: Senior Officials.
    OT-1005, February 3, 2010, 22 pages.
    "We have two Senior Administration Officials here that can help you go through any particulars that you have on the items themselves, the rationale for it, the history of our arms sales to Taiwan. We believe very strongly that this is consistent with our 'one-China' policy, in line with the Taiwan Relations Act, and contributes to stability in the region." (From AIT)

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  1. "Overview from Global Economic Prospects 2010: Crisis, Finance, and Growth."
    The World Bank, January 21, 2010, 7 pages.  (article)
    "The global economic recovery that is now underway will slow later this year as the impact of fiscal stimulus wanes. Financial markets remain troubled and private sector demand lags amid high unemployment, according to the report." (From the World Bank)
     

  2. Haugh, David, et al.
    Automobile Industry In and Beyond the Crisis.
    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, January 26, 2010, 36 pages.  (pamphlet)
    "The paper considers the role of the automobile industry in the current cycle. It shows that the industry is economically important and its cycle is intertwined with business cycles." (From OECD)
     

  3. "Overview of the 2009 Economy."
    From The 2009 Joint Economic Report.
    Joint Economic Committee, January 11, 2010, 27 pages.  (article)
    "The American economy has suffered the deepest and most protracted recession since the Great Depression. The financial crisis that began in the fall of 2008 had enduring effects on economic performance.  The economy looked bleakest in January 2009, when 741,000 jobs were lost in a single month. In the first quarter of 2009, real gross domestic product (real GDP) fell by 6.4 percent.  Real GDP fell for four straight quarters, from third quarter 2008 through second quarter 2009." (From Joint Economic Committee)

 

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  1. Black History Month Honors Legacy of Struggle and Triumph.
    (Theme for 2010 is "The History of Black Economic Empowerment")
    America.gov, January 29, 2010, 3 pages. (pamphlet)
    "Each February, Black History Month honors the struggles and triumphs of millions of American citizens over the most devastating obstacles - slavery, prejudice, poverty - as well as their contributions to the nation's cultural and political life." (From America.gov)
     

  2. Department of Defense.
    "Executive Summary from 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Report."

    Department of Defense, February1, 2010, 14 pages. (article)
    "The Secretary of Defense delivered the 2010 QDR report to Congress on February 1, 2010. The QDR process frames strategic choices for the Department and establishes priorities to determine appropriate resource investments." (From Department of Defense)
     

  3. "Pop Culture vs. Real America: Introduction."
    America.gov, January 20, 2010, 5 pages.  (article)
    "The book contrasts depictions of American life from television, cinema and other media with stories of 'real' Americans in similar walks of life." (From America.gov)
     

  4. Obama, Barack.
    Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address.
    歐巴馬總統發表2010年國情咨文(對外政策部份)。
    The White House, January 27, 2010, 13 pages.  (pamphlet)
    "In his first State of the Union address, Obama focused heavily on his domestic agenda, but also recapped his administration's foreign policy goals. How successful he will be in accomplishing his goals will depend in large part on how adroitly Obama can work with Congress and on how effectively he can bridge the partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats, something of which this president is keenly aware." (From America.gov)
     

  5. Public's Priorities for 2010: Economy, Jobs, Terrorism.
    Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, January 25, 2010, 18 pages.  (pamphlet)
    "As Barack Obama begins his second year in office, the public's priorities for the president and Congress remain much as they were one year ago. Strengthening the nation's economy and improving the job situation continue to top the list. And, in the wake of the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack on a Detroitbound airliner, defending the country from future terrorist attacks also remains a top priority." (From Pew Research Center for the People & the Press)

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  1. Perito, Robert M.
    Haiti After the Earthquake.
    United States Institute of Peace, January 2010, 6 pages. (pamphlet)
     "The brief assesses the damage done by the devastating earthquake, and recommends strategies for Haiti's recovery and reconstruction." (From International Information Programs, Department of State)   


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    Director at Library of Congress Discusses World Digital Library.
    12 pages.
    "This webchat discusses the history of the World Digital Library, its current projects, collaborations with libraries and archives overseas, and the future of the World Digital Library." (From America.gov)
     

  2. 1/20
    Two Experts Discuss Religious Freedom and Defamation of Religion.
    17 pages.
    "To recognize Religious Freedom Day (January 16), two experts conducted a global talk about "defamation of religion" and what it means in the international political context." (From America.gov)

 

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