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January 2010 

  1. Blumenthal, Dan.
    China in Obama's World.
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, December 3, 2009, 4 pages.  (pamphlet)
    "As China continues to grow, the United States will have to maintain a balance of power in Asia that favors the maintenance and growth of liberalism--both political and economic--in the region." (From AEI)  

  2. Dale, Helle C.
    Public Diplomacy 2.0: Where the U.S. Government Meets "New Media."
    The Heritage Foundation, December 8, 2009, 11 pages.  (pamphlet)
    "Can Facebook and Twitter change the world? Can all the nifty new social-networking sites promote democracy and a better understanding of American values around the world? The potential is certainly there -- as was seen in the invaluable Twitter updates during the post-election protests in Iran." (From the Heritage Foundation)  

  3. Denmark, Abraham M. and Richard Fontaine.
    Taiwan's Gamble: The Cross-Strait Rapprochement and Its Implication for U.S. Policy.
    Center for a New American Security, December 2009, 8 pages. (pamphlet)
    " President Obama's recent visit to Beijing highlighted several issues of mutual interest and concern for the U.S.-China relationship, yet the fact that Taiwan was not a major issue of contention highlights the rapidly changing dynamics of the cross-Strait relationship. " (From Center for a New American Security)  

  4. Feigenbaum, Evan A. and Robert A. Manning.
    Introduction from The United States in the New Asia.
    Council on Foreign Relations, November 2009, 2 pages. (article)
    "For more than a decade, the United States has mostly watched from the sidelines as Asian countries organize themselves into an alphabet soup of new multilateral groups. In this report, the authors review the relationship between pan-Asian and trans-Pacific institutions and suggest policy guidelines for a new U.S. approach to this new Asian landscape. A purposeful multilateralism that pools the efforts of those with the greatest capacity, the authors argue, could make Asia a more prosperous and secure region." (From Council on Foreign Relations)  

  5. Makin, John H.
    China and the United States.
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, December 2, 2009, 3 pages.  (pamphlet)
    "The complex and rapidly evolving Sino-American relationship has become the most important bilateral relationship either country has." (From AEI)  

  6. Romberg, Alan D. 
    Cross-Strait Relations: Weathering the Storm.
    Hoover Institution, Fall 2009, 38 pages.  (pamphlet)
    "The Ma Ying-jeou administration has carefully dealt with several recent coincident challenges in domestic politics and cross-Strait relations.  These include its perceived failure to respond in a timely and effective manner to the devastation wrought by Typhoon Morakot, controversies over the visit of the Dalai Lama and over the showing of a film biography of Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, continuing negotiations of cross-Strait economic agreements, and Beijing's advocacy of political dialogue on such matters as military trust-building." (From Hoover Institution)

  1.  美國牛肉與台灣市場 。
    Facts about U.S. Beef and the Taiwan Market.
    OT-0927, November 27, 2009, 12 pages.
    "U.S. beef and beef products from animals of any age, including offals and ground beef, are safe.  The United States is the world's largest producer of beef and beef products. " (From AIT)  
  2. 在阿富汗和巴基斯坦取得進展的道路--巴拉克‧ 歐巴馬總統的講話。
    Remarks by President Barack Obama to the Nation on the Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    OT-0928, December 2, 2009,  18 pages.
    "To the United States Corps of Cadets, to the men and women of our Armed Services, and to my fellow Americans:  I want to speak to you tonight about our effort in Afghanistan -- the nature of our commitment there, the scope of our interests, and the strategy that my administration will pursue to bring this war to a successful conclusion.  It's an extraordinary honor for me to do so here at West Point -- where so many men and women have prepared to stand up for our security, and to represent what is finest about our country." (From AIT) 

  3. 白宮新聞秘書辦公室針對聯合國氣候變遷會議發表的聲明
    Statement from the Press Secretary on the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
    OT-0929, December 7, 2009, 2 pages.
    "The President strongly believes that all nations have a responsibility to combat the threat of climate change. He has already taken unprecedented action to do so at home, including an historic investment in clean energy solutions that will reduce our dependence on oil and create jobs." (From AIT)

  4. 歐巴馬總統在諾貝爾和平獎頒獎典禮上的講話。
    Remarks by the President at the Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize.
    OT-0930, December 14, 2009, 17 pages.
    "I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations -- that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice." (From AIT) 

  5. 給台灣朋友的一封公開信。
    A Letter to the People of Taiwan.
    OT-0931, December 18, 2009, 2 pages.
    "Every day, tens of millions of Americans eat exactly the same beef we send to Taiwan and to other markets around the world. There has never been a single proven case of the human version of so-called 'Mad Cow' Disease caused by eating American beef. " (From AIT) 

  6. 美國貿易代表署與美國農業部針對台灣通過食品衛生管理法修法提案發表共同聲明。
    Joint Statement from USTR, USDA on the Proposed Passage of an Amendment to Taiwan's Food Sanitation Act.

    OT-0932, December 30, 2009, 4 pages.
    "We are deeply concerned and disappointed by reports that Taiwan's Legislative Yuan has taken initial steps toward the passage of an amendment to the Food Sanitation Act that contains provisions that would unjustifiably bar the import of certain U.S. beef and beef products." (From AIT)

  1. Bergsten, C. Fred.
    "The Dollar and the Deficits: How Washington Can Prevent the Next Crisis."
    Foreign Affairs, November/December 2009, pp. 20-38.  (article)
    "For too long, the United States has relied on outsized budget and trade deficits and a strong and prominent dollar to fuel its economic expansion.  The current global economic crisis has revealed the error of such policies.  Even as the country focuses on recovering, U.S. policymakers must begin enacting policies that will balance the budget, stimulate private saving, and reorder the world's currency system." (From Foreign Affairs)

  2. Cooke, Merritt T.
    Taiwan's Economy: Recovery with Chinese Characteristics.
    The Brookings Institution, November 2009, 7 pages.  (pamphlet)
    "In the inaugural installment of CNAPS's Taiwan-U.S. Quarterly Analysis series, Terry Cooke explores the causes and effects of Taiwan's pursuit of economic normalization with China." (From the Brookings Institution)

  3. Dunaway, Steven.
    The U.S.-China Economic Relationship: Separating Facts from Myths.
    Council on Foreign Relations, November 16, 2009, 5 pages.
    "China's breathtaking economic growth and massive imbalances with the United States have given rise to some myths about the nature of the two powers' relationship that can impede sound policymaking, writes CFR's Steven Dunaway." (From Council on Foreign Relations) 

        1. Downie, Leonard Jr. and Michael Schudson.
          "The Reconstruction of American Journalism."
          Columbia Journalism Review, November/December 2009, pp. 28-51.
          "A plan to promote and preserve serious reporting in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors." (From Columbia Journalism Review)

        2. Johnson, Haynes.
          "Throwing Prejudice Aside."
          (From The Fate of the Nation: Decisive Moments in U.S. History)
          American Heritage, Winter 2010, pp. 92-93.  (article)
          "Whatever happens during Obama's presidency, his election will always speak to America's promise."

        1. Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
          The U.S. Is on Board.
          (Secretary Clinton Calls for Broad Operational Agreement on Climate Change)
          U.S. Department of State, December 15, 2009, 2 pages. (pamphlet)
          "A successful agreement depends upon a number of core elements, but two are shaping up to be essential: first, that all major economies set forth strong national actions and resolve to implement them; and second, that they agree to a system that enables full transparency and creates confidence that national actions are in fact being implemented." (From U.S. Department of State)

        2. Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
          Remarks at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
          U.S. Department of State, December 17, 2009, 4 pages. (pamphlet)
          "There is a way forward based on a number of core elements: decisive national actions, an operational accord that internationalizes those actions, assistance for nations that are the most vulnerable and least prepared to meet the effects of climate change, and standards of transparency that provide credibility to the entire process. The world community should accept no less." (From U.S. Department of State)

        3. Remarks by the President at the Morning Plenary Session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
          The White House, December 18, 2009, 3 pages. (pamphlet)
          "Now, as the world's largest economy and as the world's second largest emitter, America bears our responsibility to address climate change, and we intend to meet that responsibility. That's why we've renewed our leadership within international climate change negotiations. That's why we've worked with other nations to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. That's why we've taken bold action at home -- by making historic investments in renewable energy; by putting our people to work increasing efficiency in our homes and buildings; and by pursuing comprehensive legislation to transform to a clean energy economy." (From the White House)

        4. Rosen, Christine and others.
          "The Future of the Book."
          The Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 2009, pp. 47-64.  (article)
          "The printed word is under unprecedented assault.  The battle is not just a duel among businesses and technologies -- what's being decided is the future of how we think, and how we perceive the world." (From the Wilson Quarterly)

        5. Secretary Clinton on U.S. Human Rights Agenda for 21st Century.
          (Presents overview of Obama administration agenda on human rights, democracy)
, December 14, 2009, 14 pages. (article)
          "Clinton presented the president's goals for human rights in the 21st century. She said human rights must be seen in a broad context that recognizes both 'negative and positive requirements.' People everywhere, Clinton said, should be free from tyranny in whatever form and they must also be free 'to seize the opportunities of a full life.'" (From

        6. Stanton, William A.
          World AIDS Day 2009: A Time to Recommit to the Fight against HIV/AIDS.

          American Institute in Taiwan, December 1, 2009, 2 pages. (pamphlet)
          "Today, World AIDS Day 2009, the United States, Taiwan, and the global community recognize and celebrate the strides we have made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Our cooperation in fighting HIV/AIDS has produced successes, but we must keep up our efforts." (From AIT)

        7. Stanton, William A.
          The U.S. Will Meet the Climate Challenge - in Copenhagen and Beyond.

          American Institute in Taiwan, December 16, 2009, 2 pages. (pamphlet)
          "Climate change is affecting populations around the world, and Taiwan has recently and tragically seen the results of changing weather patterns, intensified rainfall, and drought. Indeed, the fight against climate change is a battle requiring meaningful participation from everyone." (From AIT)

        1. 11/19
          The World Digital Library.
          8 pages.
          "The World Digital Library, proposed in 2005 by U.S. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world. These materials include manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs and architectural drawings. The library aims to promote international and intercultural understanding and awareness, provide resources to educators, expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet, and contribute to scholarly research." (From

        2. 11/24
          Educational Opportunities and International Scientific Collaboration in the United States.
          21 pages.
          "Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is the Indian-American co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. This webchat will discuss his experiences as a naturalized U.S. citizen, as a student in the United States, and as a world-renowned chemist." (From

        3. 12/2
          Ugandan Beatrice Biira Tells How a Goat Changed Her Life.
          "Beatrice Biira, born in a remote Ugandan village, overcame hardships to achieve her dreams of gaining an education. Hear her story in this webchat." (From

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