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FOCUS March 2012

Category - International Relations
  1. Bush, Richard C., III.
    The January 2012 Taiwan Elections and What They Mean.
    Brookings Institution, January 17, 2012, 6 pages.
    "The question on the minds of many is what this election means for cross-Strait relations. Will President Ma accelerate the process of reconciliation with China, moving towards negotiations on political and security issues? Of course, many in China would welcome such a trend. Some on Taiwan would fear it." (From the Brookings Institution)

  2. Cronin, Patrick.
    China's Global Quest for Resources and Implications for the United States.
    Center for a New American Security, January 26, 2012, 6 pages.
    "Despite this sobering institutional assessment in Southeast Asia, there are two basic convictions widely shared in the region: almost all countries want to preserve U.S. engagement and presence; and virtually none wishes to jeopardize its economic ties with China." (From Center for a New American Security)

  3. Hammer, Michael.
    Current U.S. Foreign Policy Issues.
    U.S. Department of State, February 13, 2012, 11 pages.
    "What I thought I'd do is just spend a couple minutes just – it's my first briefing here this year – to sort of review the agenda for 2012 to give you a sense of the tremendous scope of our foreign policy efforts led by the President and Secretary Clinton and the rest of the team and the State Department, what we're doing to reinvigorate and continue reinvigorating U.S. leadership around the world, which is an ongoing effort." (From U.S. Department of State)

  4. Shapiro, Don.
    Getting Beyond Beef in U.S.-Taiwan Relations.
    Brookings Institution, February 2012, 5 pages.
    "If the two sides can get past the beef dispute, what would the TIFA talks be expected to deal with? Part of the agenda would undoubtedly be devoted to exploring areas for potential bilateral cooperation, for example in green-energy research." (From the Brookings Institution)

  5. Sutter, Robert.
    U.S.-China Competition in Asia: Legacies Help America.
    East-West Center, February 1, 2012, 2 pages.
    "As Sino-American competition for influence enters a new stage with the Obama administration’s re-engagement with Asia, each power’s legacies in the region add to economic, military and diplomatic factors determining which power will be more successful in the competition." (From the East-West Center)

  6. U.S. Admiral's Briefing on Asia-Pacific Military Issues.
    IIP Digital, January 29, 2012, 9 pages.
    "We have continued to try to work very closely with China and manage the relationship that, as we all know, is vital to the region, but also vital to both of our nations. And at the strategic level, the dialogue has continued." (From U.S. Department of State)

Category - Official Text

  1. 美國牛肉與萊克多巴胺的事實與數據。
    The Facts about U.S. Beef and Ractopamine.
     OT-1201, February 21, 2012, 13 pages.
     "There have been extensive scientific studies that reviewed the use of ractopamine as a feed ingredient and considered its impact on human health in terms of toxicity, reproductive abnormalities, carcinogenicity and other factors. Based on these studies and government-directed risk assessments, 27 countries, including Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, have determined that meat from animals fed ractopamine is safe for human consumption." (From AIT)

Category - Economics

  1. Bernanke, Ben S.
    The Economic Outlook and the Federal Budget Situation.
    Federal Reserve System, February 2, 2012, 8 pages.
    "Over the past two and a half years, the U.S. economy has been gradually recovering from the recent deep recession. While conditions have certainly improved over this period, the pace of the recovery has been frustratingly slow, particularly from the perspective of the millions of workers who remain unemployed or underemployed." (From the Federal Reserve System)

  2. Davidson, Adam.
    "Making It in America."
    The Atlantic, January/February 2012, pp. 58-70.
    "The story of Standard Mortor Products, a family-run manufacturer in Queens, illuminates what it takes to survive in today's economy -- and why the jobs crisis will be so hard to solve." (From the Atlantic)

  3. Rosenfeld, Irene.
    "Against the Wind: Growing in Turbulent Times: The Four Keys to Succeeding Despite Economic Adversity."
    Vital Speeches of the Day, January 2012, pp, 31-34.
    "To wrap up this pont, as our world continues to shrink, getting the right blend between global and local, or acting 'glocally,' is essential for growth, especially in tough times." (From Vital Speeches of the Day)


Category - Politics

  1. President Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address.
    IIP Digital, January 24, 2012, 15 pages.
    "Throughout the speech, he discussed ideas for building an America that lasts. He called it a blueprint for the future and talked about ways to make his vision reality." (From the White House)

  2. Building a 21st Century Government by Cutting Duplication, Fragmentation, and Waste.
    The White House, February 28, 2012, 20 pages.
    "The President has made it a priority of his Administration to change the way Washington works, save taxpayer dollars, streamline operations and improve government services, and to that end has waged an aggressive campaign to eliminate duplication and waste." (From the White House) 

  3. Coleman, Kevin J. and others.
    Contemporary Developments in Presidential Elections.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, January 9, 2012, 50 pages.
    "This report considers contemporary developments in residential elections. It emphasizes three topics chosen for their recurring importance and notable recent developments: (1) nominating procedures; (2) campaign finance; and (3) the electoral college. The report highlights significant developments in these areas, particularly for the 2008 and 2012 elections. It also provides background information about the presidential election process in general. Other CRS products cited throughout this report provide additional information about the topics introduced here." (From CRS Report)

  4. Cuming, Alfred and Richard A. Best, Jr.,
    'Gang of Four' Congressional Intelligence Notifications.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, December 13, 2011, 8 pages.
    "The 'Gang of Eight' procedure is statutorily based and provides that that the chairmen and ranking Members of the intelligence committee, along with the Speaker and minority leader of the House, and Senate majority and minority leaders-rather than the full membership of the intelligence committees-are to receive prior notice of particularly sensitive covert action programs, if the President determines that limited access to such programs is essential to meet extraordinary circumstances affecting vital U.S. interests." (From CRS Report)

  5. Department of Defense.
    Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. 
    Department of Defense, January 2012, 16 pages.
    "The strategy guidance's bottom line is that the United States armed forces will remain the pre-eminent military force in the world, the president said in a letter attached to the review." (From Department of Defense)

  6. Kurth, James.
    "Confronting a Powerful China with Western Characteristics."
    Orbis, Winter 2012, pp. 39-59.
    "The rapid rise of Chinese economic and military power has produced the most fundamental change in the global system since the end of the Cold War, and it poses vital questions about China's future direction." (From Orbis)

  7. Lindsay, James M.
    The Role of Foreign Policy in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections.
    Foreign Press Center, December 16, 2011, 10 pages.
    "Point number one, when we're looking at the role of foreign policy in the 2012 election, is that foreign policy, foreign policy issues, are not at the forefront of the American voters' minds. When you look at all the polls that are done by various polling organizations, there's one very loud message that comes through, which is that foreign policy is a secondary issue, if it's an issue at all for voters." (From U.S. Department of State)

  8. West, Darrell M.
    M-Campaigning: Mobile Technology and Public Outreach.
    Brookings Institution, February 14, 2012, 10 pages.
    "Unlike 2008, where text messaging was the dominant feature of mobile campaign outreach, this year there has been a proliferation of mobile ads, video, web links, and apps." (From the Brookings Institution)

Category - Global Issues

  1. Coan, Stephen M.
    "The Future of Our Oeans: Healthy Oceans Are Critical to Our Economic Well-Being in Staggering Terms."
    Vital Speeches of the Day, February 2012, pp. 66-68.
    "Today I would like to talk to you about what it means to be an ocean planet and to highlight some key reasons why we need to protect our oceans which, by the way, are intricately connected to lakes, streams, marshlands, tidal areas, and rivers, creating a water system that covers 70 percent of earth's surface." (From Vital Speeches of the Day)

  2. Posner, Michael H.
    Internet Freedom and the Digital Earthquake of 2011.
    U.S. Department of State, January 17, 2012, 5 pages.
    "This past year has highlighted the promise and the peril of the Internet as a transformative tool both for human expression and for repression. So I would like to look back at the lessons learned from the digital earthquake of 2011, and offer a few thoughts on the way forward." (From U.S. Department of State)

  3. State's Rose on Space Security — A U.S. Perspective.
    IIP Digital, January 29, 2012, 5 pages.
    "we in the United States associate 'space security' with the pursuit of those activities that ensure the sustainability, stability, safety, and free access to, and use of, outer space in support of the vital interests of all nations." (From U.S. Department of State)

  4. World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2005: Highlights and Trends.
    U.S. Department of State, January 10, 2012, 35 pages.
    "The 'World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers' (WMEAT) series of reports is designed to be a convenient reference on annual military expenditures, arms transfers, armed forces, selected economic data, and relative indicators consisting of pertinent military-economic ratios. The aim is to provide the arms control and international security community with useful, comprehensive, and accurate data, accompanied by analyses and highlights." (From U.S. Department of State)

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