Focus Article Alert: November 2017

FOCUS Article Alert is a monthly collection of important documents in U.S.-Taiwan relations and other recent information from the U.S. about the environment, economy, arts, society, culture, and government.

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1. 美國在台協會主席莫健在美台國防工業會議上的演講 (全文為英文)。
Remarks by AIT Chairman James Moriarty at U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, Defense Industry Conference.  

OT-1718A, October 16, 2017, 6 pages.
“As a Pacific power, the United States has a vital interest in the security of our partners, and in the overall security of the region.  Since early in its history, the United States has recognized the importance of the Asia-Pacific, and has had a presence in the region for over a century and a half.  Our commitment to the region remains unwavering.” (From AIT)

2. 美國在台協會主席莫健在布魯金斯研究院的演講 (全文為英文)。
Remarks by AIT Chairman James Moriarty at Brookings Institution.  

OT-1718, October 12, 2017, 6 pages.
“The United States endeavors to improve our economic partnership, support Taiwan’s confidence and freedom from coercion, deepen the bonds of friendship between our people, and ensure that Taiwan can continue to make positive contributions to the international community.” (From AIT)

3. Dobbins, James and others.
Conflict with China Revisited: Prospects, Consequences, and Strategies for Deterrence.  

Rand, October 2, 2017, 16 pages.
“Although armed conflict between the United States and China is not likely, the possibility is real enough to require prudent policies and effective deterrent measures. In the past six years, the range and capabilities of Chinese air and sea defenses have continued to grow, making U.S. forward basing more vulnerable and the direct defense of U.S. interests in the East Asia region potentially more costly.” (From Rand)

4. Oliker, Olga Snyder, Scott A. and Sungtae “Jacky” Park..
Dealing with North Korea’s Ballistic Missiles: a Brief Look.  

Council on Foreign Relations, September 28, 2017, 5 pages.
“North Korea’s intense series of ballistic missile tests since last year has brought Kim Jong-un ever closer to mastering the capability to hit the continental United States. Washington and its allies are now acutely confronting the problem of how best to deter North Korea militarily, even as U.S. and regional policymakers continue to look for a way to convince Kim to stand down and reverse direction.”(From Council on Foreign Relations)

5. Woolf, Amy F. and Emma Chanlett-Avery.
Redeploying U.S. Nuclear Weapons to South Korea: Background and Implications. (PDF, 555KB)

Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, September 15, 2017, 13 pages.
“Recent advances in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs have led to discussions, both within South Korea and, reportedly, between the United States and South Korean officials, about the possible redeployment of U.S. nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. The United States deployed nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula between 1958 and 1991. Although it removed the weapons as a part of a post-Cold War change in its nuclear posture, the United States remains committed to defending South Korea under the 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty and to employing nuclear weapons, if necessary, in that defense.” (From CRS report)

6. Chinese Investment in Critical U.S. Technology: Risks to U.S. Security Interests. 

Council on Foreign Relations, October 16, 2017, 9 pages.
“To counter security threats of Chinese investment in U.S. critical technology, policymakers should boost innovation in the U.S. economy as a way to maintain a technological edge rather than seek to block or restrict Chinese investment or to limit the export of certain technologies.” (From Council on Foreign Relations)

7. Goodman, Matthew P. and others.
U.S. Economic Strategy in the Asia Pacific: Update and Recommendations.     (PDF, 952KB)

Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 11, 2017, 24 pages..
“This report provides an update on developments in the region since the inauguration and offers recommendations for advancing U.S. interests at the regional level, as well as for managing specific bilateral relationships.” (From CSIS)

8. Lighthizer, Robert.
U.S. Trade Policy Priorities: Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative.     (PDF, 348KB)

Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 18, 2017, 12 pages.
“U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer outlined what he sees as the top trade policy priorities for the United States.” (From CSIS)

9.  Schnepf, Randy.
U.S. Farm Income Outlook for 2017.    (PDF, 2.28MB)

Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 4, 2017, 38 pages.
“According to USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), national net farm income—a key indicator of U.S. farm well-being—is forecast at $63.4 billion in 2017, up 3% from last year. The forecast rise in 2017 net farm income comes after three consecutive years of decline from 2013’s record high of $123.8 billion. Net farm income is calculated on an accrual basis. Net cash income (calculated on a cash-flow basis) is also projected to be up in 2017 but by a larger share (12.6%), driven largely by sales from previous years’ inventory, to $100.4 billion.” (From CRS report)

10.  Neale, Thomas H.
Electoral College Reform: Contemporary Issues for Congress.    (PDF, 801KB)

Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 6, 2017, 31 pages.
“Since the 2016 presidential election, several amendments to eliminate the electoral college system and establish direct popular election have been introduced in the 114th and 115th Congress.” (From CRS report)

11. 7 Trends Driving U.S. Job Growth in New Labor Market Study.    

CareerBuilder, September 21, 2 pages.
“With millions of Americans looking for work, CareerBuilder is releasing new research that identifies seven major trends that have significantly influenced job creation over the last seven years (2010-2017). The study also highlights occupations that have benefitted from these trends and grown at an accelerated rate post-recession.”  (From CareerBuilder)

12. Mulcahy, Andrew W. and others.
The Impact of Health Reform on Purchased Care Access.    (PDF, 8.46MB)

Rand, September 27, 2017, 93 pages.
“This report assesses the impact of a key aspect of reform in the broader U.S. health care system: the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion. The authors estimated how an influx of newly insured patients through the coverage expansion may change the way that civilian providers choose to interact with the TRICARE program.” (From Rand)

13.  Lewis, Caitlain Devereaux and Kathryn B. Armstrong.
Patent Law: A Primer and Overview of Emerging Issues.   (PDF, 975KB)

Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, September 21, 2017, 46 pages.
“This report begins with an overview of patent law. It then discusses the Supreme Court’s role in the development of patent law generally before examining the Court’s recent decisions in detail. Finally, the report closes with a preview of developments in patent law that are on the horizon, such as the continued viability of certain administrative proceedings related to the validity of patents, which is the subject of two cases scheduled to be heard during the Court’s upcoming term, as well as patent reform activity in the legislative and executive arenas.” (From CRS Report)

14.  2017 Women in Technology.  

Harvey Nash, October 16, 2017, 31 pages.
“The survey findings indicate a clear opportunity to engage women to enter the field of technology at an earlier age, potentially making a significant impact on the widespread gender disparity in IT careers today. In fact, 69% of all respondents, which included 658 women and men, believe the key to getting more women in tech is encouraging females to pursue technology in high school or college.” (From Harvey Nash)

15. The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018.

World Economic Forum, October 1, 2017, 393 pages.
Featuring the Global Competitiveness Index, the Report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 137 economies, providing unique insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.” (From the World Economic Forum)

16.  Smith, Aaron and Monica Anderson.
Automation in Everyday Life. 

Pew Research Center, October 4, 2017, 78 Pages.
“Americans express more worry than enthusiasm about coming developments in automation – from driverless vehicles to a world in which machine perform many jobs currently done by humans.” (From Pew Research Center)