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    1. Shah, Rajiv.
      Embracing Enlightened Capitalism.
      USAID, October 20, 2011, 13 pages.
      "But as President Obama's first-ever Policy Directive on Development made clear—and Secretary Clinton's Quadrennial Review of Diplomacy and Development operationalizes—foreign assistance has to evolve once more.

      Amidst the seismic changes in today's world, aid shouldn't serve as a substitute for private capital. It shouldn't just improve health statistics. It should prioritize broad-based, sustainable economic growth that can boost incomes, create jobs, and reduce poverty, including right here at home." (From USAID)

    1. Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
      America's Pacific Century.
      U.S. Department of State, November 10, 2011, 11 pages.
      "Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says there is a need for a more dynamic and durable relationship across the Asia-Pacific region that features a mature security and economic architecture on a scale that today's challenges demand." (From U.S. Department of State)

    2. Burns. William J.
      Asia, the Americas, and U.S. Strategy for a New Century.
      U.S. Department of State, November 4, 2011, 7 pages.
      "So today, I’d like to focus on the broader Pacific region, stretching from India to the western coast of the Americas, and make the case that complementary strategic and economic relationships with vibrant partners in Asia and the Americas will be central to our future success." (From U.S. Department of State)

    3. Glaser, Bonnie S. and Brittany Billingsley.
      Taiwan's 2012 Presidential Election and Cross-Strait Relations.
      Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 16, 2011, 2 pages.
      "The presidential election in Taiwan is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2012, and the race is extremely tight. Regardless of the outcome, the election will have significant impact on the cross-Strait situation and on US interests." (From CSIS)

    4. Segal, Adam.
      The United States, China, and the Globalization of Science and Technology.
      The Council on Foreign Relations, November 2, 2011, 6 pages.
      "As the United States manages its relationship with China on science and technology, Adam Segal argues that the United States will have to maintain its scientific strength at home, while pressuring China on its mercantilist technology policies." (From the Council on Foreign Relations)

    5. Winkler, Sigrid.
      Biding Time: The Challenge of Taiwan's International Status.
      The Brookings Institution, November 2011, 9 pages.
      "This article provides a long-term overview of the development of Taiwan’s international status as a background for an analysis of current problems and suggestions of policy choices in light of the upcoming presidential election in 2012." (From the Brookings Institution)

    6. Wittes, Tamara C.
      Women and the Arab Spring.
      U.S. Department of State, November 4, 2011, 5 pages.
      "I would like to acknowledge the achievements of the women you have invited to testify in the next panel. Women have been at the forefront of the revolutions across the region, and I am grateful to hear their perspectives." (From U.S. Department of State)

    1. Trans-Pacific Workshop on Combating Corruption and Illicit Trade Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Phuket, Thailand 27-29 October 2011.
      (Co-Chairs' Summary of Outcomes)
      OT-1119E, November 7, 2011, 10 pages.
      "Trans-Pacific workshop highlighted the importance of inter-regional partnerships to combat corruption and illicit trade, sharing information and best practices in meeting regional challenges. Discussion focused on: narcotics trafficking; falsified/counterfeit medicines; environmental crimes and corruption and money laundering that facilitates illicit trade." (From AIT)

    1. Alessi, Christopher.
      Confronting U.S.-China Economic Imbalances.
      The Council on Foreign Relations, November 2, 2011, 5 pages.
      "An undervalued Chinese yuan remains a contributing factor to the U.S.-China trade imbalance, but experts warn that labeling China a 'currency manipulator' will not rein in mounting U.S. deficits." (From the Council on Foreign Relations)

    2. Barfield, Claude.
      Taiwan and East Asian Regionalism.
      American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, November 10, 2011,
      29 pages.
      "The goal of this paper is to describe Taiwan's place in the global economy and to analyze the impact on Taiwan's economy of growing East Asian regional trade and investment initiatives such as the ASEAN Plus Three Agreement (APT) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)." (From AEI)

    3. Kellerhals, Merle David, Jr.
      Asia-Pacific Region Key to Global Economic Recovery.
      IIP Digital, November 11, 2011, 2 pages.
      "U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says that the debt crisis confronting the nations of Europe remains the central challenge to global economic growth." (From U.S. Department of State)

    4. McAfee, Andrew.
      "What Every CEO Needs to Know About the Cloud."  
      Harvard Business Review, November 2011, pp. 125-132.
      "Cloud computing represents a genuine sea change in how organizations use IT.  The time has come for companies to overcome their fears and embrace it." (From Harvard Business Review)

    5. Soros, George.
      Does the Euro Have a Future?
      New York Review of Books, October 13, 2011, 6 pages.
      "The euro crisis is a direct consequence of the crash of 2008. When Lehman Brothers failed, the entire financial system started to collapse and had to be put on artificial life support. This took the form of substituting the sovereign credit of governments for the bank and other credit that had collapsed." (From New York Review of Books)

    1. Coleman, Kevin J.
      Presidential Nominating Process: Current Issues.
      (CRS Report for Congress)
      Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 13, 2011, 12 pages.
      "The presidential nominating calendar for 2012 is still unsettled, as some state and party officials continue to consider date changes for primaries and caucuses in response to recent scheduling changes." (From CRS Report)

    2. Mitchell, Amy.
      The Tablet Revolution and What it Means for the Future of News.
      Pew Research Center, October 25, 2011, 28 pages.
      "Just 18 months after the introduction of the iPad, a new Pew Research Center study details the way in which the tablet is creating a revolution in how people get their news. About one-in-ten Americans now own a tablet, and more than half use it every day to read long articles as well as headlines." (From Pew Research Center)

    3. Overview from the Generation Gap and the 2012 Election.
      Pew Research Center, November 3, 2011, 11 pages.
      "In the last four national elections, generation has mattered more in American elections than it has in decades. This continues to be true as voters look ahead toward the 2012 general election. In a contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney, there is a 20-point gap in support for Obama between Millennials and the over-65 Silent generation." (From Pew Research Center)

    1. "Brave Thinkers 2011."
      The Atlantic, November 2011, pp. 47-68.
      "Our annual guide to the people risking their reputations, fortunes, and lives in pursuit of big ideas." (From the Atlantic)

    2. Yun, Joe.
      Trafficking in Persons in East Asia and the Pacific.  
      U.S. Department of State, October 27, 2011, 7 pages.
      "The scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery reaches into every corner of the globe, but perhaps nowhere more so than in East Asia and the Pacific. According to the International Labor Organization, the incidence of forced labor and sex trafficking is higher in the Asia-Pacific region than anywhere else in the world. And according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), victims from Asia are trafficked to the widest range of destinations around the globe. In addition to being trafficked overseas, many victims are trafficked within their own countries." (From U.S. Department of State)

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