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  1. Bush, Richard C., III.
    China-Taiwan: Recent Economic, Political, and Military Developments Across the Strait, and Implications for the United States.
    The Brookings Institution, March 18, 2010, 6 pages.
    "Clarifying the trajectory of China-Taiwan relations is one of the more pressing analytical challenges facing the two parties concerned and the United States. The hope is that the outcome can be beneficial for all parties concerned, and certainly for the people of Taiwan. The worry is that trends will work against one or more of the parties and create a suboptimal situation." (From the Brookings Institution) 

  2. Kaplan, Robert D.
    "The Geography of Chinese Power: How Far Can Beijing Reach on Land and at Sea?"
    Foreign Affairs, May/June 2010, 14 pages.
    "Thanks to the country's favorable location on the map, China's influence is expanding on land and at sea, from Central Asia to the South China Sea and from the Russian Far East to the Indian Ocean. " (From Foreign Affairs

  3. Clarke, Christopher M.
    Xinjiang - Where China's Worry Intersects the World.
    YaleGlobal Online, March 19, 2010, 3 page.
    "The recent killing of a Uighur terrorist in Afghanistan has brought new focus on the ethnic group in China's western border region of Xinjiang. The situation of the Uighurs - an ethnic Turkic, Muslim minority - reveals much about China's internal conduct and external worries." (From YaleGlobal) 

  4. Nau, Henry R.
    "Obama's Foreign Policy."
    Policy Review, April/May 2010, 9 pages.
    "Under President Barack Obama, U.S. foreign policy has swung decisively in the opposite direction. Now, U.S. security interests matter more than democracy, force is a last resort, substantial regulations are needed to end the booms and busts of global capitalism, and multilateralism is the sine qua non of U.S. diplomacy." (From Hoover Institution) 

  5. Ramo, Joshua Cooper.
    "How to Think About China."
    Time, April, 19, 2010, 10 pages.
    "As Barack Obama prepares to meet China's leader, Hu Jintao, the U.S. needs to find a fresh way of dealing with the new superpower. Here's how to do it." (From Time

  6. Brown, David G.
    Thinking about a Future DPP Government.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 23, 2010, 2 pages.
    "Fresh from recent electoral victories and with hopes of more to come, Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is beginning to think about the possibility of returning to government." (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)

  7. Kaufman, Stephen.
    Global Leaders Endorse Securing of All Nuclear Material by 2014., April 13, 2010, 2 pages.
    "Following two days of meetings in Washington, leaders from around the world agreed to take tangible and meaningful steps to secure the world's nuclear materials." (From 

  8. Obama, Barack and others.
    Announcement of the New START Treaty.
    U.S. Department of State, March 26, 2010, 10 pages.
    "Good morning, everybody.  I just concluded a productive phone call with President Medvedev.  And I'm pleased to announce that after a year of intense negotiations, the United States and Russia have agreed to the most comprehensive arms control agreement in nearly two decades." (From U.S. Department of State)  

  9. Obama's Closing Remarks, Press Conference at Nuclear Summit.
    (He thanks leaders, says world will be more secure after historic gathering), April 13, 2010, 10 pages.
    "I want to thank all who participated in this historic summit -- 49 leaders from every region of the world.  Today's progress was possible because these leaders came not simply to talk, but to take action; not simply to make vague pledges of future action, but to commit to meaningful steps that they are prepared to implement right now." (From  

  10. Dale, Helle.
    Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communications Review: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight. HTML clipboard
    The Heritage Foundation, March 22, 2010, 2 pages.
    "How the U.S. government communicates with the world-explaining policies, presenting facts about American life and values, promoting the national interest by helping foreign audiences understand America-is a matter of no small importance." (From the Heritage Foundation)

  1. 美國在台協會處長司徒文高雄美國商會第一屆迎春宴致詞講稿。
    Remarks by AIT Director William A. Stanton at the 2010 American Chamber of Commerce in Kaohsiung "Ying Chun Yan." (April 15, 2010)
    OT-1009, April 19, 2010, 4 pages.
    "As you know, AmCham Taipei has a wonderful tradition each year called Hsieh Nien Fan.  One month ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 Hsieh Nien Fan along with President Ma Ying-jeou.  During my remarks that night, I underscored AIT's determination to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan economic relations, resist trade protectionism, promote people-to-people links and support enhanced cross-strait economic ties.  Tonight, I'm pleased to bring this proactive message of cooperation to southern Taiwan." (From AIT)   

  2. Remarks by AIT Director William A. Stanton at the 2010 International Conference on Homeland Security.
    OT-1011, April 28, 2010, 3 pages.
    "Ms. Silver brings valuable knowledge and insight into the policymaking issues surrounding homeland security. I know we all look forward to hearing the contributions she and other policy specialists will make in later discussions at this conference." (From AIT)

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  1. 2010 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers: Taiwan.
    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, March 2010, 6 pages.
    " The U.S. goods trade deficit with Taiwan was $9.9 billion in 2009, down $1.5 billion from 2008. U.S. goods exports in 2009 were $18.4 billion, down 26.1 percent from the previous year. Corresponding U.S. imports from Taiwan were $28.4 billion, down 21.9 percent. Taiwan is currently the 15th largest export market for U.S. goods." (From the USTR)   

  2. 2010 Report on Technical Barriers to Trade: Taiwan.
    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, March 31, 2010, 3 pages.
    "The United States discusses TBT matters with Taiwan during, and on the margins of TBT Committee meetings. In addition, in September 2009 the United States and Taiwan held a successful Total Economic Engagement (TEE) event in Taiwan under the auspices of the U.S.-Taiwan Competitiveness Forum." (From the USTR)  

  3. Bernanke, Ben S.
    Economic Policy: Lessons from History.
    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 8, 2010, 7 pages.
    "The first lesson--economic prosperity depends on financial stability--seems obvious, but this connection was not always well understood. After the stock market crash of 1929, many thought a financial and economic crisis was necessary--even desirable--to wring out speculative excesses that had built up in the 1920s." (From Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)  

  4. Cooper, William H.
    The Future of U.S. Trade Policy: An Analysis of Issues and Options for the 111th Congress.
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, March 24, 2010, 21 pages.
    "The future direction of trade policy and how the issues will be addressed are unclear at this time and the subject of sharp debate within Congress, the Administration, and the trade policy community at large." (From CRS Report)  

  5. Ikenson, Daniel J.
    Appreciate This: Chinese Currency Rise Will Have a Negligible Effect on the Trade Deficit.
    Cato Institute, March 24, 2010, 6 pages.
    "Many economists believe that the Renminbi is undervalued, but there is disagreement about the magnitude. Disagreement is to be expected. After all, nobody can know the true value of the RMB unless, and until, it is allowed to float freely and restrictions on China's capital account are removed." (From Cato Institute) 

  6. Keating, Susan C.
    "Trust Deficit: A Challenge We Must Face Even After Economy Grows Strong."
    Vital Speeches of the Day, April 2010, pp. 146-148.
    "Today, in America, we have a crisis of confidence.  The crisis is marked by a general erosion of trust in almost every significant institution and in the quality of leadership in both business and government." (From Vital Speeches of the Day) 

  7. Mussa, Michael.
    Global Economic Prospects for 2010 and 2011: Global Recovery Continues.
    Peterson Institute for International Economics, April 8, 2010, 13 pages.
    "The V-shaped recovery forecast a year ago at the depths of the great global recession of 2008-09 is now clearly under way, and my global real GDP growth forecast for 2010 is boosted to 4.5 percent (from 3.7 percent last April and 4.2 percent last September). For 2011, growth is projected to continue at about the same rate as this year" (From Peterson Institute for International Economics)

  1. Kaiser, Frederick M.
    Congressional Oversight of Intelligence: Current Structure and Alternatives.
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, March 29, 2010,30 pages. 
    "This report first describes the Select Committees on Intelligence and then the former Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, often cited as a model for a counterpart on intelligence. The study also sets forth proposed characteristics for a joint committee on intelligence, differences among these, and their pros and cons." (From CRS Report) 
  2. Labonte, Marc.
    The National Debt: Who Bears Its Burden?
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, March 12, 2010, 15 pages.
    "Although economists have long recognized that a national debt imposes an inescapable burden on a nation, they have debated whether the burden is borne by the generation who contracts the debt or is shifted forward to future generations. There has also been some controversy over the nature of the burden." (From CRS Report)  

  3. Mayer, Matt and Mark DeBosier.
    Federalizing Disasters Weakens FEMA--and Hurts Americans Hit by Catastrophes.
    The Heritage Foundation, April 13, 2010, 8 pages.
    "The "federalization of disasters" misdirects vital resources, leaving localities, states, and the federal government in a lose-lose situation. FEMA policies must be overhauled to let localities handle smaller, localized disasters, and to allow FEMA to respond fully and effectively when it is truly needed. If the status quo continues, it will be a disaster for everyone." (From the Heritage Foundation)  

  4. The State of Journalism.
    (Tomorrow's News)
    Project for Excellence in Journalism, April 12, 2010, 6 pages.
    "Most media executives do not see a bright future for journalism. Still, newspaper leaders are more optimistic than their partners in broadcast. Finding revenue is a giant problem, but there is strong resistance to taking government or advocacy dollars." (From Project for Excellence in Journalism)

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  1. Madison, Eric H.
    A Test of our Resolve.
    Liberty Times, April 2, 2010, 2 pages.
    "Over the course of the past two and a half months, we have all seen the images of despair and suffering, but also the images of resolve, resilience and joy of life on the part of the Haitian people. We must not let the efforts in Haiti fade with the media coverage." (From AIT)  

  2. Executive Summary from Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race?: Growth, Competition and Opportunity in the World's Largest Economies. 
    Pew Charitable Trusts, March 24, 2010, 2 pages.
    "For the first time, China led the United States and other G-20 members in 2009 clean energy investments and finance, according to the data. China invested $34.6 billion in the clean energy economy, nearly double the United States' total of $18.6 billion. Over the last five years, the United States also trailed five G-20 members, Turkey, Brazil, China, the United Kingdom, and Italy, in the rate of clean energy investment growth." (From Pew Charitable Trusts)

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  1. 3/29
    Peacekeeping: Setting the Stage for Stability.

    3 pages.
    "Join State Department program officer Chris Upchurch for an update on how the United States is partnering with nearly 60 countries and international organizations to meet a growing global demand for international peacekeepers through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI)." (From

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