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  1. Campbell, Kurt M.
    U.S. Foreign Policy Goals and Objectives in Southeast Asia for 2011. full text
    U.S. Department of State, February 2, 2011, 9 pages.
    "Before the visit of President Hu, Secretary Clinton reaffirmed our commitment not only to the three communiqués but the Taiwan Relations Act. And President Obama, in his public statements during the visit of President Hu, also underscored our unique responsibilities under the Taiwan Relations Act." (From U.S. Department of State)  

  2. Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
    Remarks at the Launch of the Asia Society's Series of Richard C. Holbrooke Memorial Addresse. full text
    U.S. Department of State, February 18, 2010, 9 pages.
    "Today, I want to answer some of those questions and talk in more detail about a new phase of our diplomatic efforts on Afghanistan. I will be clear right at the start about a few key elements: our adversary, our goal, and our strategy." (From U.S. Department of State)

  3. Khan, Shirley A.
    China/Taiwan: Evolution of the "One China" Policy: Key Statements from Washington, Beijing, and Taipei.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C: Congressional Research Service, January 10, 2011, 80 pages.
    "Despite apparently consistent statements in four decades, the U.S. 'one China' policy concerning Taiwan remains somewhat ambiguous and subject to different interpretations. Apart from questions about what the 'one China' policy entails, issues have arisen about whether U.S. Presidents have stated clear positions and have changed or should change policy, affecting U.S. interests in security and democracy." (From CRS Report)  

  4. Lewis, James Andrew.
    Does China's New J-20 Stealth Fighter Have American Technology? full text
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 26, 2011, 3 pages.
    "China's military sent a signal to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates when it unveiled its new J-20 stealth fighter rolling up and down a runway just before his visit. We do not actually know how stealthy the J-20 is, but aviation experts were generally surprised that China was able to develop this advanced an aircraft as quickly as it did. ' (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)

  5. Paal, Douglas.
    China and the United States: Reining in Mutual Mistrust. full text
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, January 31, 2011,
    "China's President Hu Jintao made a state visit to Washington on January 18-20. Commentators in the United States and China largely pronounced his visit a 'success,' citing a variety of reasons. But the most important reason was the efforts of Presidents Hu and Obama to dispel 'strategic mistrust' between the two sides." (From the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)  

  6. Pedrozo, Stacy A.
    China's Active Defense Strategy and its Regional Impact. full text
    Council on Foreign Relations, January 27, 2011, 12 pages.
    "Captain Stacy A. Pedrozo testifies before the House of Representatives U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission on China's active defense strategy and its regional impact." (From the Council on Foreign Relations)  

  7. Wolff, David Jonathan.
    Answering the Questions About Smart Power. full text
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 22, 2011, 2 pages.
    "Power relationships in the world are changing. The US still dominates at the military level, and leads in many other respects, but must also be responsive to world opinion, accommodate growing influence from other economic powers, and work with an increasing number of state and nonstate actors who have a say in global affairs." (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)  

  8. Wortzel, Larry M.
    A Rising China and East Asian Security: Implications for the United States. full text
    U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, January 14, 2011,
    13 pages.
    "For a number of years, diplomats and officials from China argued that Beijing will rise peacefully as a major power without upsetting the global system. This -'Peaceful Rise' theory advanced by China, however, was a matter of debate not only in the United States, but also inside the Chinese Communist Party." (From U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission)

  1. HTML clipboard AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt Press Roundtable Taipei, January 25, 2011. full text
     OT-1102, February 1, 2011, 13 pages.
     "I think one of the things I would say about it was that the United States, in going into these negotiations and throughout them, we believe that the result was we purposefully, with intention, constructed a document that in no way violates any of Taiwan's interests.  And I would say that we kept Taiwan in mind during the process of negotiating the document." (From AIT)

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  1. Johnson, Simon.
    US Economic Outlook. full text
    Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, February 1, 2011,
    7 pages.
    "The latest IMF-led official consensus is that the world will follow a "three-speed" recovery in 2011, with the eurozone growing slowly (1.2 percent Q4 on Q4), big emerging markets quickly (7 percent on the same basis), and the United States roughly in between (3.2 percent). At the global level, using the IMF's standard purchasing power parity (PPP) weights, this implies global growth will be 4.5 percent, comparing the fourth quarter of 2011 with the fourth quarter of 2010. This would be down slightly, on a comparable basis, from 2010 (4.7 percent) and just above what the IMF expects for 2012 (4.4 percent)." (From Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics)  

  2. Makin, John H.
    Can China's Currency Go Global?  full text
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, February 2011, 5 pages.
    "A full-fledged international role for the yuan, as a store of value as well as a medium of exchange and unit of account, is highly unlikely in the near term." (From AEI)

  3. Ricchiuto, Steven.
    Outlook and Overview of the U.S. Economy. full text
    U.S. Department of State, February 16, 2011, 9 pages.
    "When we look at the economy right now, most economists are saying 5.5 percent, that's it, we're going to 4; the economy's going to grow at 4, 4.5 percent. My answer is you're not paying attention to the credit story. Consumer balance sheets are not yield. I'm not saying if consumers were given the opportunity to spend they wouldn't go out and spend; yes, they will. But the banks who control the flow of credit to the consumer sector are not in a position to let them leverage. " (From U.S. Department of State) 

  4. Sanford, Jonathan E.
    Currency Manipulation: The IMF and WTO.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, January 28, 2011, 9 pages.
    "This report describes how the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Trade Organization (WTO) deal with the issue of currency manipulation. It also discusses apparent discrepancies in their charters and ways those differences might be addressed." (From CRS Report)

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  1. 2011 National Military Strategy of the United States of America. full text
    U.S. Department of Defense, February 8, 2011, 21 pages.
    "In support of our civilian-led foreign policy, this strategy acknowledges the need for military leadership that is redefined for an increasingly complex strategic environment. Our leadership will emphasize mutual responsibility and respect.  Accomplishing this strategy will require a full spectrum of direct and indirect leadership approaches - facilitator, enabler, convener, and guarantor - sometimes simultaneously." (From U.S. Department of Defense) 

  2. Elsea, Jennifer K.
    Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, January 10, 2011, 27 pages.
    "This report discusses the statutory prohibitions that may be implicated, including the Espionage Act; the extraterritorial application of such statutes; and the First Amendment implications related to such prosecutions against domestic or foreign media organizations and associated individuals. The report provides a summary of recent legislation relevant to the issue as well as some previous efforts to criminalize the unauthorized disclosure of classified information." (From CRS Report) 

  3. Smith, Aaron.
    Twitter and Social Networking in the 2010 Midterm Elections. full text
    (22% of online Americans used social networking or Twitter for politics in 2010 campaign)
    Pew Research Center, January 27, 2011, 20 pages.
    "More than one-in-five online Americans engaged with the 2010 midterm elections or campaign on Twitter or social networking sites; Republicans -- especially Tea Party supporters -- caught up with Democrats in social media use." (From Pew Research Center)

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  1. CdeBaca, Luis.
    Conversations With America: U.S. Efforts To Combat Trafficking in Persons. full text
    U.S. Department of State, February 8, 2011, 13 pages.
    "Let me say at the outset that I think it's wonderful that the State Department is focusing on contemporary issues of human trafficking and slavery. Too often, the public sees this as simply an historic problem, one that does not exist in the 21st century, and obviously, we'd be wrong. About 800,000 individuals are trafficked worldwide each year. At any given time, the United States perhaps has as many as 57,000 to 87,000, I think, individuals being trafficked in the United States, and in many instances, forced into contemporary slavery. And we admit somewhere close to about 20,000 individuals who are trafficked each year." (From U.S. Department of State)

  2. Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
    Internet Rights and Wrongs: Choices & Challenges in a Networked World. full text
    U.S. Department of State, February 15, 2011, 9 pages.
    "The internet has become the public space of the 21st century - the world's town square, classroom, marketplace, coffeehouse, and nightclub. We all shape and are shaped by what happens there, all 2 billion of us and counting. And that presents a challenge. To maintain an internet that delivers the greatest possible benefits to the world, we need to have a serious conversation about the principles that will guide us, what rules exist and should not exist and why, what behaviors should be encouraged or discouraged and how." (From U.S. Department of State)

  3. Finlay, Brian D.
    Counterfeit Drugs and National Security. full text
    Stimson Center, February 22, 2011, 13 pages.
    "The deadly implications of counterfeit drugs are well understood to be a central challenge to the integrity of public health systems around the globe, as well as a direct threat to our individual health and welfare. What is less understood is that the profits from this sinister crime are increasingly being co-opted by an array of organized criminal groups and terrorist entities as a means by which to fund their nefarious operations around the world." (From the Stimson Center)

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