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June 2010 

  1. Blumenthal, Dan.
    China's Grand Strategy.
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, April 29, 2010, 2 pages.
    "The U.S. military should maintain a more defendable presence on the territory of as many U.S. Asian allies as welcomed, until all can be assured that China will be a responsible and democratic great power, uninterested in creating its own exclusive economic or military spheres." (American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research)

  2. Brown, David G.
    ECFA and Domestic Politics.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, Apr 14, 2010, 9 pages.
    "The interaction between economic negotiations and Taiwan domestic politics will dominate cross-Strait relations this year.  Formal negotiation of an Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) began in January and both sides now talk hopefully of completing the negotiations by June." (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)

  3. Glaser, Bonnie S. and David Szerlip.
    US-China Relations: The Honeymoon Ends.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, Apr 14, 2010, 14 pages.
    "After a relatively smooth period in US-China relations through the first year of the Obama administration, the "honeymoon" ended in the first quarter of 2010.  The new year brought new frictions and returned to the spotlight many problem areas." (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)

  4. Hunt, Michael H.
    Responding to the China Challenge.
    American Diplomacy, May 10, 2010, 12 pages.
    "An eminent historian looks at the U.S.-China relationship and sees many possibilities for success and failure for the United States in coming to grips with the rise of China.  Indeed, this intensely complex and multifaceted relationship appears to become ever complicated to manage for both parties." (From American Diplomacy)

  5. Shen, Dingli.
    The 2010 U.S. QDR and Its Impact on China.
    East-West Center, May 13, 2010, 2 pages.
    "The 2010 U.S. Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) has particular bearing on China, specifically parts concerning Afghanistan/counterterrorism, anti-access capabilities, and military transparency. Shen Dingli discusses the 2010 U.S. QDR and its impact on China." (From East-West Center)

  6. Steinberg, James B.
    U.S.-China Cooperation on Global Issues.
    Brookings Institution, May 10, 2010, 22 pages.
    "Reflecting China's rapidly growing global presence, interests and responsibilities, the United States is increasingly reaching out to China for cooperation in managing multiple international challenges, including economic recovery, climate change, and nuclear proliferation. Can the two countries work together in partnership to address these issues? What are the prospects for future collaboration in addressing the world's most critical challenges? " (From Brookings Institution)

  7. Young Leaders.
    Bridging the Strait: Young Leaders Perspectives on China-Taiwan Relations.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, Apr 21, 2010, 22 pages.
    "The analysis examines the two official governments' positions, public opinions, and the younger generations' perspectives on cross-Strait relations in order to grasp the complexities and nuances of each side's perspectives. The paper concludes with where the relationship will be in the next 10 years, how it should evolve in the next 10 years, and policy recommendations for both governments." (From Center for Strategic and International Studies)


  1. Donovan, Joseph.
    Remarks at the CSIS/Brookings Symposium "Mid Term Assessment of the Policies of the Ma Ying-jeou Administration."
    OT-1014, May 19, 2010, 5 pages.
    "We insist that cross-Strait differences be resolved peacefully and according to the wishes of the people on both sides of the Strait. We welcome active efforts on both sides to engage in a dialogue that reduces tensions and increases contacts of all kinds across the Strait..." (From AIT)

  2. Remarks By Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton On the Obama Administration's National Security Strategy.
    OT-1015, May 28, 2010, 16 pages.
    "This is a comprehensive national security strategy that integrates our strengths here at home, our commitment to homeland security, our national defense, and our foreign policy. In a nutshell, this strategy is about strengthening and applying American leadership to advance our national interests and to solve shared problems." (From AIT)

  3. Closing Remarks at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship By Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ronald Reagan Building Washington, DC April 27, 2010.

    OT-1012, April, 29, 2010, 11 pages.
    "And it is because we believe that by bringing together men and women from dozens of countries and all walks of life, this summit has made one thing clear: Being entrepreneurial does not depend on your job title or what you studied in school or even that you went to formal schooling at all. Entrepreneurship is a way of looking at the world and seeing not just obstacles, but opportunities; not just the world as it is, but the world as it could be, and then having the confidence, the determination, and the resources to move those worlds closer together. " (From AIT)

  4. Remarks by President Obama at Summit on Entrepreneurship Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C. April 26, 2010.
    OT-1013, April 29, 2010, 10 pages.
    "But we've come together today because of what we share -- a belief that we are all bound together by certain common aspirations.  To live with dignity.  To get an education.  To live healthy lives.  Maybe to start a business, without having to pay a bribe to anybody.  To speak freely and have a say in how we are governed.  To live in peace and security and to give our children a better future." (From AIT)

  1. Bergsten, C. Fred.
    World Trade and the American Economy.
    Peterson Institute for International Economics, May 3, 2010, 4 pages.
    "I am particularly pleased to be here today because the trade picture is so much brighter than when you met a year ago. At that time, both exports and imports were plummeting due to the global recession. US trade was dropping by annual rates of 25 to 30 percent and trade of some other major countries was falling even faster. World trade was falling even faster than in the early years of the Great Depression of the 1930s." (From Peterson Institute for International Economics)

  2. Bernanke, Ben S.
    Lessons from the failure of Lehman Brothers.
    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 20, 2010, 5 pages.
    "Chairman Frank, Ranking Member Bachus, and other members of the Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to testify about the failure of Lehman Brothers and the lessons of that failure. In these opening remarks I will address several key issues relating to that episode." (From Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)

  3. Ikenson, Daniel J.
    Manufacturing Discord: Growing Tensions Threaten the U.S.-China Economic Relationship.
    Cato Institute, May 4, 2010, 16 pages.
    "Frictions in the U.S.-China relationship are nothing new, but they have intensified in recent months. There is angst among the U.S. public, who frequently hear that China will soon surpass the United States in one economic superlative after another. Some worry that China's rise will impair America's capacity to fulfill or pursue its traditional geopolitical objectives. And those concerns are magnified by a media that cannot resist tempting the impulses of U.S. nationalism." (From Cato Institute)

  4. Jickling, Mark and Edward V. Murphy.
    Who Regulates Whom? An Overview of U.S. Financial Supervision.
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, April 21, 2010, 36 pages.
    " Federal financial regulation in the United States has evolved through a series of piecemeal responses to developments and crises in financial markets. This report provides an overview of current U.S. financial regulation: which agencies are responsible for which institutions and markets, and what kinds of authority they have." (From CRS Report)

  5. Levy, Philip I.
    The "China Ate My Jobs" Fallacy.
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, April 16, 2010, 2 pages.
    "China's currency undervaluation has been a major concern for many Americans, especially for those concerned about what jobs will be available in the future." (From American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research)

  6. The Office of the United States Trade Representative.
    Executive Summary from 2010 Special 301 Report.
    The Office of the United States Trade Representative, April 30, 2010, 4 pages.
    "The 'Special 301' Report is an annual review of the global state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement, conducted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (enacted in 1994)." (From USTR)

  1. National Security Strategy.
    The White House, May 27, 2010, 52 pages.
    "The President's highest priority is always to keep the American people safe. Today the Administration is releasing the National Security Strategy that lays out a strategic approach for advancing American interests, including the security of the American people, a growing U.S. economy, support for our values, and an international order that can address 21st century challenges." (From the White House)

  2. Barone, Michael.
    General Election 2010: How to Win the Great TV Debate.
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, April 14, 2010, 3 pages.
    "The combatants for tomorrow's ground-breaking general election TV debate in Britain could use advice from U.S. TV debates over the past fifty years." (From American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research)

  3. Fortier, John C.
    Voting by Mail: An Examination of State and Local Experiences.
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, May 5, 2010, 22 pages.
    "Absentee Voting has increased dramatically over the past thirty years as a number of states have encouraged its use as a form of convenience voting rather than just a method of voting for those who have reason to be away from the polls. In the past fifteen years, early in person voting has also increased substantially. It is the leading alternative to absentee or mail voting as a form of convenience voting before Election Day. Through voting by mail and voting early in person, nearly one third of Americans voted prior to Election Day in 2008." (From American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research)

  4. How Americans Interact with Government Online.
    Pew Research Center, Apr 27, 2010, 8 pages.
    "Fully 82% of internet users (61% of all Americans) looked for information or completed a transaction on a government website in the past year. Most government website visitors were happy with their experience, accomplishing everything or much of what they wanted to do." (From Pew Research Center)

  5. Language Use in the United States: 2007.
    U.S. Census Bureau, April 10, 2010, 16 pages.
    "The number of people 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home has more than doubled in the last three decades and at a pace four times greater than the nation's population growth, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report analyzing data from the 2007 American Community Survey and over a time period from 1980 - 2007. In that time frame, the percentage of speakers of non-English languages grew by 140 percent while the nation's overall population grew by 34 percent." (From U.S. Census Bureau)

  6. Moffit, Robert E.
    Obamacare: Impact on Doctors.
    The Heritage Foundation, May 11, 2010, 3 pages.
    "No class of American professionals will be more negatively impacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act than physicians. Third-party payment arrangements already compromise the independence and integrity of the medical profession; Obamacare will reinforce the worst of these features." (From The Heritage Foundation)

  1. Benjamin, Daniel.
    Confronting 21st Century Terrorism: Challenges for U.S. Policy.
    U.S. Department of State, May 3, 2010, 5 pages.
    "I thought I'd start by providing an overview of what remains the foremost terrorist threat to the United States--al Qa'ida--and then turn my remarks to state sponsors of terrorism Iran and Syria." (From U.S. Department of State)

  2. Feed the Future Guide.
    Feed the Future, May 2010, 35 pages.
    "The Feed the Future Guide describes the strategic approach and implementation structures of Feed the Future (FTF), the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative. It is intended to inform partners and stakeholders about the development of FTF and how we translate our principles into actions on the ground. " (From Feed the Future)

  3. Figliola, Patricia Moloney and others.
    U.S. Initiatives to Promote Global Internet Freedom: Issues, Policy, and Technology.
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, April 5, 2010, 23 pages.
    "Modern means of communications, led by the Internet, provide a relatively inexpensive, open, easy-entry means of sharing ideas, information, pictures, and text around the world. In a political and human rights context, in closed societies when the more established, formal news media is denied access to or does not report on specified news events, the Internet has become an alternative source of media, and sometimes a means to organize politically." (From CRS Report)

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