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2012 U.S. Presidential Election

  1. Transcript of 2012 Presidential Debate. (October 3, 2012)
    The Washington Post
    , October 4, 2012, 33 pages.
    "Here is a completed transcript of President Obama and Mitt Romney's remarks at the first presidential debate in Denver on Oct. 3, 2012." (From the Washington Post)

  2. 2012 Vice Presidential Debate Transcript. (October 11, 2012) 
    The Washington Post, October 12, 2012, 40 pages.
    "Here is a complete transcript of Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan’s remarks at the vice-presidential debate in Danville, Ky., on Oct. 11, 2012." (From the Washington Post)

  3. Transcript of the Second Presidential Debate. (October 16, 2012)
    The Washington Post, October 16, 2012, 37 pages.
    "Here is a complete transcript of President Obama and Mitt Romney's remarks at the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York on Oct. 16, 2012." (From the Washington Post)

  4. 2012 Presidential Debate: President Obama and Mitt Romney's Remarks at Lynn University (October 22, 2012)
    The Washington Post, October 22, 2012, 35 pages.
    "Here is a complete transcript of President Obama and Mitt Romney’s remarks at the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., on Oct. 22, 2012." (From the Washington Post)

Category - International Relations

  1. Glosser man, Brad.
    A Problem Bigger Than the Senkakus.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 9. 2012, 2 pages.
    "Faced with the prospect of Tokyo Gov. Ishihara Shintaro's purchase of the islands and then building something on them to both confirm Japan's ownership and stand tall against Chinese assertiveness, Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko figured nationalization - a purchase by the central government - would cool tensions." (From the Center for Strategic and International Studies)

  2. Kan, Shirley A. and Wayne M. Morrison.
    U.S.-Taiwan Relationship: Overview of Policy Issues.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 10, 2012, 27 pages.
    "Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou seeks U.S. support for his policies, including Taiwan's inclusion in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Other policy issues concern whether to approve arms sales, reach an extradition treaty, resume Cabinet-level visits, and resume trade talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). The United States has concerns about Taiwan's restrictions on U.S. beef, even as Taiwan seeks support in international organizations." (From CRS Report)

  3. Manyin, Mark E.
    Senkaku (Diaoyu/Diaoyutai) Islands Dispute: U.S. Treaty Obligations.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, September 25, 2012,
    7 pages.
    "U.S. administrations going back at least to the Nixon Administration have stated that the United States takes no position on the territorial disputes. However, it also has been U.S. policy since 1972 that the 1960 U.S.-Japan Security Treaty covers the islands, because Article 5 of the treaty stipulates that the United States is bound to protect 'the territories under the Administration of Japan' and Japan administers the Senkakus (Diaoyu Islands)." (From CRS Report)

  4. Sonenshine, Tara.
    Web 2.0 Engagement.
    (Effective Public Diplomacy Needs Social Media)
    U.S. Department of State, October 15, 2012, 5 pages.
    "'If we don't join that vibrant arena, we will become irrelevant,' Sonenshine said October 15 in prepared remarks to the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington.  'More importantly, we will lose the chance to help more citizens become empowered and to support their most positive, productive — and, yes, peaceful — aspirations.'" (From IIP Digital)

  1. 美國在台協會馬啟思處長記者會 2012年10月3日。 
    AIT Director Christopher J. Marut Press Conference October 3, 2012.
    OT-1209, October 3, 2012, 4 pages.
    "You've all heard the big news. Yesterday evening the Department of Homeland Security announced that Taiwan will become a part of the Visa Waiver Program.  This is a very positive development for both Taiwan and the United States." (From AIT)

  2. 美國在台協會馬啟思處長 2012年美台永續發展研討會「邁向美好未來」開幕儀式致辭稿。
    Remarks by AIT Director Christopher J. Marut, 2012 Sustainable Development Conference: Pathways to a Better Future.
    OT-1210, October 8, 2012, 3 pages.
    "Sustainability is a critical aspect of any discussion of economic development policy.  Creating economic growth and jobs are the top priorities of every administration.  In doing so, we must build prosperity in ways that will not only not damage our environment, but hopefully in ways that will actually improve the environment." (From AIT)

  3. 美國在台協會馬啟思處長 2012國際廢電子電器暨廢資訊物品回收管理研習會致詞 2012年10月15日。
    Remarks by AIT Director Christopher J. Marut USEPA-EPAT Workshop on Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment October 15, 2012.
    OT-1211, October 15, 2012, 4 pages.
    "I have served at AIT in the late 1980s. Returning in 2012, it is clear to me that Taiwan's air is less polluted, and its rivers and lakes are cleaner. The EPA has also made much progress in cleaning up contaminated soil and groundwater sites. After two decades of working together on environmental protection, it is very gratifying that e-waste is now a part of our cooperation." (From AIT)

  1. Fernandez, Jose W.
    Economics: Centerpiece of 21st Century U.S. Foreign Policy.
    U.S. Department of State, September 18, 2012, 9 pages.
    "To address these new opportunities and challenges, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched Economic Statecraft. Economic statecraft is a recognition that in an interconnected world, we cannot neatly separate economics and diplomacy. We must move economic tools to the center of our diplomacy abroad and also use our diplomatic power abroad to reinforce our economic position at home. Other countries have recognized this.  While the State Department has a wide range of initiatives to promote U. S. economic policy overseas, I would like to focus on three separate but related overarching goals." (From U.S. Department of State)

  2. Kuttner, Hanns.
    Broadband for Rural America: Economic Impacts and Economic Opportunities.
    Hudson Institute, October 15, 2012, 19 pages.
    "Historically, waves of new technologies have brought Americans higher standards of living. Electrical service and hot and cold running water, for example, were once luxuries; now their absence makes a home substandard. Today, technologies for accessing the Internet are diffusing at an even faster rate than those earlier innovations once did, bringing with them commensurate transformations of Americans’ way of life." (From Hudson Institute)

  3. Singham, Shanker A.
    Freeing the Global Market: How to Boost the Economy by Curbing Regulatory Distortions. 
    Council on Foreign Relations, October 2012, 20 pages.
    "Shanker Singham details the new and growing international trade problem of government-imposed anticompetitive market distortions—and what the United States can do to combat them." (From the Council on Foreign Relations)

  4. Tibung, Sheryl.
    A Primer on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    Stimson Center, October 09, 2012, 8 pages.
    "The Trans-Pacific Partnership, otherwise known as the TPP is envisioned to be a multilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that would liberalize trade among the economies of Asia-Pacific countries, including the United States.  The agreement is currently being negotiated among the following countries: Brunei, Chile, Singapore, New Zealand, United States, Australia, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, with Mexico and Canada expected to join negotiations by the end of 2012." (From the Stimson Center)

Category - Politics

  1. Brownfield, William R.
    Gangs, Youth, and Drugs--Breaking the Cycle of Violence and Crime.
    U.S. Department of State, October 1, 2012, 6 pages.
    "But breaking the cycle of youth, drugs, gangs and violence requires more than just the sanctions of aggressive anti-gang policing, better community policing, fewer firearms, effective counternarcotics, and improved rule of law. Law enforcement sanctions are an essential element to breaking the cycle. But it is not the only element. There must be an alternative offered to the gang member, or he will not leave the gang." (From U.S. Department of State)

  2. Mitchell, Amy and others.
    Overview of Future of Mobile News.
    Project for Excellence in Journalism, October 1, 2012, 5 pages.
    "A new survey of news use on mobile devices by PEJ in collaboration with The Economist Group examines how tablets and smartphones have changed news consumption habits and what that might mean for the future of news." (From the Project for Excellence in Journalism)

  3. Rollins, John.
    2012-2013 Presidential Election Period: National Security Considerations and Options.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 5, 2012, 36 pages.
    "This report discusses historical national security-related presidential transition activities, provides a representative sampling of national security issues a new Administration may encounter, and offers considerations and options relevant to each of the five phases of the presidential election period." (From CRS Report)

  4. Wasem, Ruth Ellen.
    Immigration of Foreign Nationals with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Degrees.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, September 18, 2012,
    29 pages.
    "Although the United States remains the leading host country for international students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields, the global competition for talent has intensified. A record number of STEM graduates—both U.S. residents and foreign nationals—are entering the U.S. labor market, and there is a renewed focus on creating additional immigration pathways for foreign professional workers in STEM fields." (From CRS Report)

Category - Global Issues

  1. Cybersecurity: The Latest Research and Analysis.
    The Heritage Foundation, September 24, 2012, 2 pages.
    "In the age of modern warfare, the threat of a cyber attack is often overlooked. Focus tends to lie more on physical threats, such as missile defense and nuclear weapons. However, one of the greatest threats to national security is a lack of cybersecurity." (From the Heritage Foundation)

  2. Kramer, Franklin D.
    Achieving International Cyber Stability.
    Atlantic Council, September 18, 2012, 14 pages.
    "Council Distinguished Senior Fellow Franklin D. Kramer analyzes the issues of cyber instability and emphasizes the roles of resiliency, cooperation, and transparency in achieving international cyber stability." (From the Atlantic Council)

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