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Category - International Relations

  1. Kan, Shirley A. and Wayne M. Morrison.
    U.S.-Taiwan Relationship: Overview of Policy Issues. Click to read the full-text
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service,  November 6, 2013,
    44 pages.
    "The purpose and scope of this CRS report is to provide a succinct overview with analysis of the major issues in the U.S. policy on Taiwan." (From CRS Report)

  2. Kerry, John.
    Remarks on U.S. Policy in the Western Hemisphere. Click to read the full-text
    U.S. Department of State, November 18, 2013, 11 pages.
    "The relationship that we seek and that we have worked hard to foster is not about a United States declaration about how and when it will intervene in the affairs of other American states. It's about all of our countries viewing one another as equals, sharing responsibilities, cooperating on security issues, and adhering not to doctrine, but to the decisions that we make as partners to advance the values and the interests that we share." (From U.S. Department of State)

  3. Rice, Susan E.
    America's Future in Asia. Click to read the full-text
    (National Security Advisor Rice on U.S.-Asia Relationship)
    IIP Digital, November 20, 2013, 9 pages.
    "Thus, rebalancing toward the Asia Pacific remains a cornerstone of the Obama Administration's foreign policy. No matter how many hotspots emerge elsewhere, we will continue to deepen our enduring commitment to this critical region. Our friends in Asia deserve and will continue to get our highest level attention." (From IIP Digital)

  4. Swaine, Michael D.
    Chinese Views on Cybersecurity in Foreign Relations. Click to read the full-text
    China Leadership Monitor, October 7, 2013, 27 pages.
    "In recent months, the issue of cybersecurity has become a major source of both tension and potential cooperation for the U.S.-China relationship. With Western assessments pointing to China—not only to Chinese individuals, but also most likely the Chinese government (and especially military) sources—as the source of an increasing number of destructive cyberattacks on commercial enterprises and government institutions, Washington has greatly intensified its expression of concern to Beijing." (From Hoover Institution)

Category - Official Text

  1. Remarks by AIT Deputy Director Brent Christensen U.S.-Taiwan Natural Gas Development Summit -Supply/Demand, Price and Prospect. Click to read the full-text
    OT-1313, November 14, 2013, 2 pages.
    "We are living in a time of dramatic change in the global energy sector. New technologies for developing natural gas have enabled us to reach previously inaccessible reserves that are transforming global markets." (From AIT)

Category - Economics & Trade

  1. Bernanke, Ben S.
    The Crisis as a Classic Financial Panic. Click to read the full-text
    The Federal Reserve System, November 8, 2013, 4 pages.
    "Our continuing challenge is to make financial crises far less likely and, if they happen, far less costly. The task is complicated by the reality that every financial panic has its own unique features that depend on a particular historical context and the details of the institutional setting." (From the Federal Reserve System)

  2. Gagnon, Joseph E.
    Stabilizing Properties of Flexible Exchange Rates: Evidence from the Global Financial Crisis.  Click to read the full-text
    Peterson Institute for International Economics, November 2013, 7 pages.
    "Inflation targeting countries with flexible exchange rates performed better during the global financial crisis and its aftermath than countries with a fixed exchange rate. Countries that maintained a hard fixed exchange rate throughout the past six years performed somewhat better than those that abandoned it." (From the Peterson Institute for International Economics)

  3. Perkins, Dwight H.
    China's Growth Slowdown and Its Implications. Click to read the full-text
    The National Bureau of Asian Research, November 2013, 2 pages.
    "In this NBR Analysis Brief, Dwight H. Perkins examines the causes of China's slowing economic growth and assesses the impact of this slowdown for the United States and the world." (From the National Bureau of Asian Research)

  4. Treasury Secretary Lew: A U.S.-Asia Agenda for Growth. Click to read the full-text
    IIP Digital, November 12, 2013, 3 pages.
    "The United States and Asia are two vital pillars of the global economy. These are important times as we pursue pro-growth policies and chart a course to expand opportunities for the next generation. Policies we each pursue have a substantial impact on one another." (From IIP Digital)

  5. Truman, Edwin M.
    Asian and European Financial Crises Compared. Click to read the full-text
    Peterson Institute for International Economics, October 2013, 57 pages.
    "The European and Asian financial crises are the two most recent major regional crises. This paper compares their origins and evolution. The origins of the two sets of crises were different in some respects, but broadly similar. The two sets of crises also shared similarities in their evolution, but here the differences were more significant." (From the Peterson Institute for International Economics) 

Category - Politics 

  1. Fallows, James.
    The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel. 
    The Atlantic, November 2013, pp. 56-68.
    "The article discusses the results of a 2013 survey the issue posed to historians, scientists, and technologists about the top technological and medical innovations since the invention of the wheel that have had the most impact on American society." (From EbsocoHost)

  2. Mitchell, Amy and others.
    The Role of News on Facebook: Common yet Incidental. Click to read the full-text
    Pew Research Center, October 24, 2013, 25 pages.
    "Roughly one in three U.S. adults get news on Facebook, though more than three-quarters of them see that news when they are on the site for other reasons." (From Pew Research Center)

  3. "Smarter Software's Impact on Human Privacy."
    The Futurist, November-December 2013, pp. 8-10.
    "When computers figure out what you're saying, will they care?  Will you?" (From the Futurist

  4. Tiersky, Alex and Susan B. Epstein.
     Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad: Background and Policy Issues. Click to read the full-text
     (CRS Report for Congress)
     Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service,  November 8, 2013, 25 pages.
    "This report provides background information on the organization, practice, and funding of U.S. diplomatic security efforts. It also provides summary information on the September 11, 2012, attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, as well as on the subsequent Accountability Review Board." (From CRS Report)  

Category - Global Issues

  1. Garrett, Laurie.
    Biology's Brave New World: The Promise and Perils of the Synbio Revolution.
    Foreign Affairs, November/December 2013, pp. 28-46.
    "But in the new biology world, scientists can now create life themselves and learn about it from the inside. In the last two years, the World Health Organization has held two summits in the hopes of finding a global solution to the Pandora's box opened by the H5N1 experiments." (From ProQuest)

  2. Figliola, Patricia Moloney.
    Promoting Global Internet Freedom: Policy and Technology. Click to read the full-text
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 22, 2013,
    14 pages.
    "Modern communication tools such as the Internet provide a relatively inexpensive, accessible, easy-entry means of sharing ideas, information, and pictures 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)

  3. Kerry, John.
    The Crush on Wildlife. Click to read the full-text
    U.S. Department of State, November 14, 2013, 3 pages.
    "Wildlife trafficking is a conservation problem, an economic problem, a health problem, and a security problem. Our governments and citizens cannot afford to stand idle while poachers and wildlife traffickers destabilize whole regions, undermine economic development, and hunt elephants, rhinos, tigers, bears, sharks, or any species to extinction." (From U.S. Department of State)

  4. Zarate, Juan C.
    Can we Adapt to the Changing Nature of Power in the 21st Century? Click to read the full-text
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 13, 2013, 3 pages.
    "In an increasingly interconnected world—where trade, financing, travel, and communications are fundamentally intertwined—the role of non-state, networked actors and systems—from corporations to influential Twitterati—often hold the keys to power and influence globally." (From CSIS)

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