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  1. Hanson, Fergus.
    Introduction from Baked In and Wired: eDiplomacy@State.
    The Brookings Institution, October 25, 2012, 5 pages.
    "eDiplomacy has dramatically changed the way diplomacy is being conducted. The State Department now communicates directly with more than 15 million people via social media—at the push of a button." (From the Brooking Institution)

  2. Li, Cheng.
    Opportunity Lost?: Inside China's Leadership Transition.
    Foreign Policy, November 16, 2012, 9 pages.
    "For a country widely seen as the world's other superpower, we know shockingly little about the worldviews, values, and socioeconomic policies of the seven men just named the new leaders of China. Unlike American politicians, Chinese leaders carry out their campaigns largely behind closed doors, and they are not chosen by the people." (From the Brooking Institution)

  3. Mohan, C. Raja.
    The New Triangular Diplomacy: India, China and America at Sea.
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, November 5, 2012, 3 pages.
    "The emergence of China and India as naval powers and the intersection of their maritime policies with those of the United States are bound to churn the security politics of the Indo-Pacific for decades to come." (From the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

  4. O'Rourke, Ronald.
    Summary of Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 31, 2012, 2 pages.
    "This report presents policy and oversight issues for Congress arising from (1) maritime territorial disputes involving China in the South China Sea (SCS) and East China Sea (ECS) and (2) an additional dispute over whether China has a right under international law to regulate U.S. and other foreign military activities in its 200-nautical-mile maritime Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)." (From CRS Report)

  5. Siow, Maria Wey-Shen.
    Chinese Domestic Debates on Public Diplomacy.
    East-West Center, November 15, 2012, 2 pages.
    "The importance and utility of favorable Chinese public diplomacy
    outreach have gained greater acceptance and understanding amongst Chinese ruling elites." (From the East-West Center)

Category - Economics

  1. Blumenthal, Dan and others.
    Taiwan Inc.: A Home for Global Business.
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, October 26, 2012,
    16 pages.
    "With the signing of its economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China in the rearview mirror, Taiwan now has an opportunity to pursue expanded, speedier economic liberalization. First and foremost, this will enrich Taiwan and benefit its people. Second, a more open economy will naturally draw increased investment from American and other multinational companies that, in turn, will lead their respective governments to take a greater interest in Taiwan’s security and prosperity." (From AEI)

  2. Jackson, James K.
    The United States as a Net Debtor Nation: Overview of the International Investment Position. 
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, November 8, 2012, 18 pages.
    "Some Members of Congress and some in the public have expressed concerns about the U.S. net international investment position because of the role foreign investors are playing in U.S. capital markets and the potential for large outflows of income and services payments." (From CRS Report)

  3. Jackson, James K.
    Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: An Economic Analysis.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 26, 2012, 8 pages.
    "Foreign direct investment in the United States has rebounded slowly after falling from the $310 billion recorded in 2008, a record surpassed only by the $320 billion invested in 2000 in U.S. businesses and real estate." (From CRS Report)

  4. Scissors, Derek.
    Chinese Economic Espionage Is Hurting the Case for Free Trade. 
    The Heritage Foundation, November 19, 2012, 4 pages.
    "Trade and investment with China benefits the U.S. This is evident in choices made by individuals and companies every day to buy Chinese goods and work with Chinese partners. Indeed, American business has been the chief proponent of a sound U.S.–China economic relationship. The context makes intense Chinese economic espionage all the more regrettable." (From the Heritage Foundation)

  5. Szamosszegi, Andrew.
    Executive Summary from an Analysis of Chinese Investments in the U.S. Economy. 
    U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, October 2012, 4 pages.
    "This report details sectoral and regional patterns of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI), economic benefits for the U.S. economy, and U.S. regulation and oversight." (From the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission)

Category - Politics

  1. Blechman, Barry and Russell Rumbaugh.
    A New US Defense Strategy for a New Era: Military Superiority, Agility, and Efficiency.
    Stimson Center, November 15, 2012, 3 pages.
    "The report is the work of an independent task force of experts - the 'Defense Advisory Committee' - convened by Stimson to explore the question of US defense planning and spending in light of looming defense cuts that are part of the Fiscal Cliff. " (From the Stimson Center)

  2. Carter, Nicole T.
    Federal Involvement in Flood Response and Flood Infrastructure Repair: Storm Sandy Recovery.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 31, 2012, 9 pages.
    "A challenge is how to structure federal actions and programs so they provide incentives to reduce flood risk without unduly infringing on private property rights or usurping local decision making. Tackling this challenge would require adjustments to flood insurance, disaster aid policies and practices, and programs for structural and nonstructural flood risk reduction measures and actions." (From CRS Report)

  3. Fischer, Eric A. and Kevin J. Coleman.
    Hurricane Sandy and the 2012 Election: Fact Sheet.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 31, 2012, 5 pages.
    "Questions have arisen about what actions might be taken by the federal government to respond to the possible impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the November 6 election in affected states. Since 1860, several federal primary elections or local elections have been postponed following catastrophic events, and on at least three occasions in the last 20 years, the federal government has provided funding or assistance to state or local governments engaged in conducting such elections." (From CRS Report)

  4. Schneider, Bill.
    Analysis of the Election Results.
    U.S. Department of State, November 7, 2012, 12 pages.
    "It was actually a quite narrow victory. Barack Obama was reelected with a little over 50 percent of the vote, which is just about the same vote that reelected George Bush (sic) in 1984, and Bill Clinton in 1996 got just under 50 percent of the vote. Presidents used to get reelected with huge majorities – 58, 60 percent – but the last three presidents, when they ran for reelection, got barely 50 percent of the vote – 50, 51, 49." (From U.S. Department of State)

  5. Young, William.
    Embassy Security: From the Outside In. 
    RAND, November 15, 2012, 5 pages.
    "When deciding to establish a diplomatic presence in a high-threat area, you need to consider the importance of the mission and the measures needed to protect it." (From the RAND)

  6. Zickuhr, Kathryn and others.
    Summary from In Digital Age, Young Americans Keep Reading, In Print and e-Book Forms.
    Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, October 23, 2012,
    11 pages.
    "More than eight-in-ten Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library." (From the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project)

Category - Global Issues

    1. Atlantic Council Counter-Piracy Task Force.
      Managing the Global Response to Maritime Piracy.
      Atlantic Council, October 26, 2012, 10 pages.
      "Modern-day pirates operating off the coasts of Somalia and West Africa endanger the global economy and pose a vexing security problem for the United States, its international allies, and the maritime industry." (From the Atlantic Council)

    2. "The Atlantic Brave Thinkers 2012."
      The Atlantic, November 2012, pp. 49-64.
      "The annual guide to the people risking their reputations, fortunes, and lives in pursuit of big ideas." (From the Atlantic)

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