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March 2010 

  1. Adams, Jonathan Adams.
    "Why US Ignores China and Sells Arms to Taiwan."
    Christian Science Monitor, February 28, 2010, 3 pages.
    "The latest arms package for Taiwan, cleared for sale by the White House Jan. 29, has more political than military significance, military analysts say." (From Christian Science Monitor)
     

  2. Bush, Richard C., III.
    Trip Report: Taiwan & Hong Kong, Internal Politics and the Beijing Partnership.
    The Brookings Institution, January 2010, 3 pages. 
    "There has been less progress on the political and security side, in part because Beijing and Taipei understand that the necessary mutual trust and consensus on key conceptual issues is lacking. Indeed, China continues to build up its military relevant to Taiwan: hence Taiwan's request for advanced U.S. arms and our positive response." (From the Brookings Institution)
     

  3. Cossa, Ralph A.
    US-China Relations on a Downward Slide.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, Feb 10, 2010, 2 pages.
    "When President Obama wrapped up his first trip to China in mid-November of last year, US-China relations seemed as good or better than they had been in years. It's been all downhill ever since! And it looks like things are going to get even worse." (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)
     

  4. Glaser, Bonnie S.
    Debunking Myths about US Arms Sales to Taiwan.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, Feb 17, 2010, 2 pages.
    "In recent weeks Chinese newspapers and television interview shows have been replete with condemnations of the sale of a $6.4 billion package of arms sales to Taiwan by the Obama administration. Chinese scholars and pundits have attributed numerous motivations to the United States for this sale, most of which are inaccurate." (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)
     

  5. Kan, Shirley A.
    Taiwan: Major U.S. Arms Sales Since 1990.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, January 26, 2010, 61 pages. 
    "This report discusses U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, including policy issues for Congress. It also lists sales of significant defense articles and services to Taiwan, approved since 1990." (From CRS Report)
     

  6. President Obama's Meeting with Dalai Lama.
    (Leaders agree on importance of U.S.-China bilateral relationship)
    America.gov, February 18, 2010, 1 page.
    "The President stated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People's Republic of China." (From America.gov)
     

  7. Romberg, Alan D.
    Beijing's Hard Line against US Arms Sales to Taiwan.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, Feb 3, 2010, 2 pages.
    "On Jan. 29, the Obama administration announced plans to sell Taiwan approximately $6.4 billion worth of arms. This rounds out much of the pending package the Bush administration did not act on when it sent the last notification of approximately the same value to Congress in October 2008." (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)
     

  8. Romberg, Alan D.
    2010: The Winter of PRC Discontent.
    China Leadership Monitor, Winter 2010, 23 pages.  
    "The economic situation in Taiwan continued to show signs of a nascent turnaround, but Ma Ying-jeou's political fortunes continued their downward slide. ECFA remains a focus of DPP opposition, but both Taipei and Beijing seem committed to completing the agreement by May, and formal talks have begun. At the same time, cross-Strait political dialogue appears to have been put on the back burner for now, though both sides believe it will be necessary at some future point." (From Hoover Institution)
     

  9. Romberg, Alan D.
    US Arms Sales to Taiwan: Beijing Reacts Sharply.
    The Henry L. Stimson Center, February 1, 2010, 2 pages.
    "The Obama Administration's decision to sell Taiwan $6.4 billion worth of arms (primarily heavy-lift transportation helicopters and PAC-3 anti-missile systems) parallels a similar decision by the Bush Administration in October 2008. The PRC reaction this time, however, appears to be stronger." (From The Henry L. Stimson Center)
     

  10. Thompson, Drew.
    Think Again: China's Military.
    Foreign Policy, March/April 2010, 9 pages.
    "After two decades of massive military spending to modernize its armed forces, amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars, China increasingly has the ability to challenge the United States in its region, if not yet outside it. But the ability to project force tells us very little about China's willingness to use it." (From Foreign Policy)

  1. "To Rescue, Rebalance, and Rebuild."
    From 2010 Economic Report of the President.
    The White House, February 2010, pp. 25-39.
    "The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. An important vehicle for presenting the Administration's domestic and international economic policies, it provides an overview of the nation's economic progress with text and extensive data appendices." (From the White House)
     

  2. Bernanke, Ben S.
    Federal Reserve's Exit Strategy.
    The Federal Reserve Board, February 10, 2010, 10 pages. 
    "Chairmen Frank and Watt, Ranking Members Bachus and Paul, and other members of the Committee and Subcommittee, I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the Federal Reserve's strategy for exiting from the extraordinary lending and monetary policies that it implemented to combat the financial crisis and support economic activity. " (From the Federal Reserve Board)
     

  3. Bibow, Jörg.
    The Global Crisis and the Future of the Dollar: Toward Bretton Woods III?
    Levy Economics Institute, February 2010, 12 pages.
    "This paper investigates the U.S. dollar's role as the international currency of choice as a key contributing factor in critical global developments that led to the crisis of 2007-09, and considers the future role of the dollar as the global economy emerges from that crisis. It is argued that the dollar is likely to retain its hegemonic status for a few more decades, but that U.S. spending powered by public rather than private debt would provide a more sustainable motor for global growth." (From Levy Economics Institute) 

  1. Blair, Dennis C.
    Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
    Director of National Intelligence, February 2, 2010, 46 pages.
    "The strategic landscape has changed considerably for US interests over the past year. We see some improvements, but also several entrenched problems and slow progress in some areas for the foreseeable future. Several large-scale threats to fundamental US interests will require increased attention, and it is on one of these threats that I will focus our initial discussion. " (From Director of National Intelligence)
     

  2. Feder, Jody.
    Unauthorized Alien Students, Higher Education, and In-State Tuition Rates: A Legal Analysis.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, January 13, 2010, 6 pages.
    "Currently, federal law prohibits states from granting unauthorized aliens certain postsecondary educational benefits on the basis of state residence, unless equal benefits are made available to all U.S. citizens. The report provides a legal overview of cases involving immigrant access to higher education, as well as an analysis of the legality of state laws that make in-state tuition rates available to illegal immigrants."  (From CRS Report)
     

  3. Grimmett, Richard F.
    Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, January 8, 2010, 6 pages.
    "In general, the executive branch, after complying with the terms of applicable U.S. law, principally contained in the AECA, is free to proceed with an arms sales proposal unless Congress passes legislation prohibiting or modifying the proposed sale. Under current law Congress must overcome two fundamental obstacles to block or modify a Presidential sale of military equipment: it must pass legislation expressing its will on the sale, and it must be capable of overriding a presumptive Presidential veto of such legislation." (From CRS Report
     

  4. Lenhart, Amanda, et al.
    Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults.
    Pew Research Center, February 3, 2010, 37 pages.
    "Two Pew Internet Project surveys of teens and adults reveal a decline in blogging among teens and young adults and a modest rise among adults 30 and older. Even as blogging declines among those under 30, wireless connectivity continues to rise in this age group, as does social network use. Teens ages 12-17 do not use Twitter in large numbers, though high school-aged girls show the greatest enthusiasm for the application."  (From Pew Research Center)
     

  5. Morgan, Daniel.
    The Future of NASA: Space Policy Issues Facing Congress.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, January 14, 2010, 36 pages.
    "For the past several years, the priorities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have been governed by the Vision for Space Exploration. The Vision was announced by President Bush in January 2004 and endorsed by Congress in the 2005 and 2008 NASA authorization acts (P.L. 109-155 and P.L. 110-422). It directed NASA to focus its efforts on returning humans to the Moon by 2020 and some day sending them to Mars and 'worlds beyond.'"  (From CRS Report)
     

  6. Torreon, Barbara Salazar.
    U.S. Periods of War.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, January 7, 2010, 7 pages.
    "Many wars or conflicts in U.S. history have federally designated 'periods of war,' dates marking their beginning and ending. These dates are important for qualification for certain veterans' pension or disability benefits. Confusion can occur because beginning and ending dates for 'periods of war' in many nonofficial sources are often different from those given in treaties and other official sources of information, and armistice dates can be confused with termination dates." (From CRS Report)

  1. CdeBaca, Luis.
    From Bondage to Freedom: The Fight To Abolish Modern Slavery.
    U.S. Department of State, February 18, 2010, 6 pages.
    "It has now been 10 years since the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Ten years since the adoption of the United Nations Protocol that guides our response to modern slavery by mandating that human trafficking must be confronted by working for more and better Prosecutions, increased victim Protection, and ultimately, Prevention of this heinous crime - the '3P Paradigm.' Of this approach, which has become the global standard, we are rightfully proud." (From U.S. Department of State)
     

  2. Sargent, John F., Jr.
    Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, January 4, 2010, 12 pages.
    "Nanoscale science, engineering and technology-commonly referred to collectively as nanotechnology-is believed by many to offer extraordinary economic and societal benefits. Congress has demonstrated continuing support for nanotechnology and has directed its attention primarily to three topics that may affect the realization of this hoped for potential: federal research and development (R&D) in nanotechnology; U.S. competitiveness; and environmental, health, and safety (EHS) concerns." (From CRS Report)
     

  3. Roman, Joe and others.
    Facing Extinction: Nine Steps to Save Biodiversity.
    Solutions, February 24, 2010, 12 pages.
    "This article presents nine steps to reduce biodiversity loss, with a goal of categorizing human-caused extinctions as wrongs, such as the slave trade and child labor, that are unacceptable to society. These steps include developing a system of parks that highlight the planet's biological legacy, much as historical landmarks celebrate human history." (From Solution)


  1. 2/16
    Youth Leaders Discuss Interfaith Dialogue.

    "This webchat discusses the recently concluded Interfaith Dialogue held in Jakarta. The Interfaith Dialogue, part of a continuing global conversation, comes as part of President Obama's call for a more open and face-to-face discussion of issues that affect people of all faiths. The speakers also discuss their own experiences." (From America.gov)

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