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Category - Official Text
  1. Blumenthal,  Dan and Eddie Linczer.
    Tale of the Tape: Comparing Chinese and American strategies in Asia. Click to read the full text
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, November 10, 2014,
    11 pages.
    "The key questions are: What is each country trying to accomplish? What is each country’s strategy? How well is each side implementing its strategy and what are the obstacles in the way of the outcomes for each country?" (From American Enterprise Institute)

  2. Katzman, Kenneth and others.
    The "Islamic State" Crisis and U.S. Policy. Click to read the full text
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 22, 2014, 24 pages.
    "The Islamic State is a transnational Sunni Islamist insurgent and terrorist group that has expanded its control over areas of parts of Iraq and Syria since 2013. It threatens the governments of both countries and potentially several other countries in the region, and has drawn increased attention from the international community. There is debate over the degree to which the Islamic State organization might represent a direct terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland or to U.S. facilities and personnel in the region." (From CRS Report)

  3. Kerry, John.
    Remarks on U.S.-China Relations. Click to read the full text
    U.S. Department of State, November 4, 2014, 12 pages.
    "It's important to remember that not too long ago U.S.-China ties were centered on a relatively narrow set of bilateral and regional matters. But today, thanks to focused diplomacy on both sides, the leadership President Obama and President Xi have displayed, our nations are collaborating to tackle some of the most complex global challenges that the world has ever seen." (From U.S. Department of State)

  4. Obama in Australia on U.S. Policy in Asia-Pacific Region. Click to read the full text
    IIP Digital, November 15, 2014, 11 pages.
    "So I’m here today to say that American leadership in the Asia Pacific will always be a fundamental focus of my foreign policy. It won’t always make the headlines. It won’t always be measured in the number of trips I make -- although I do keep coming back. (Laughter.) But day in, and day out, steadily, deliberately, we will continue to deepen our engagement using every element of American power -- diplomacy, military, economic, development, the power of our values and our ideals." (From IIP Digital)

  5. Ratner, Ely.
    Can China Make Peace in the South China Sea? Click to read the full text
    Center for American Progress, November 11, 2014, 5 pages.
    "Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner argues that in recent years, China become not only more assertive but has also been increasingly engaging in unilateral coercion to advance its claims in the South China Sea." (From the Center for American Progress)

  6. Romberg, Alan D.
    Cross-Strait Relations: Portrayals of Consistency. Click to read the full text
    (Calm on the Surface, Paddling Like Hell Underneath)
    Hoover Institution, October 21, 2014, 26 pages.
    "While in reality adjusting to an evolving situation both on Taiwan and in cross-Strait relations over the past few months, all parties have sought to portray their approaches as consistent and undisturbed by 'some situations' that could have thrown things off course." (From the Hoover Institution)
Category - Official Text
  1. Remarks by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Kurt Tong at the Asian Venture Capital Journal Taiwan Forum. Click to read the full text
    OT-1409, November 20, 2014, 7 pages.
    "Today I will be talking quite a bit about investment in Taiwan, the value of that, and some of the things that the Taiwan authorities might be able to do to improve the investment environment and attract more investment into Taiwan.  At the same time, we are also working on that in the United States." (From AIT)

  2. 美國在台協會處長馬啟思台灣捐贈國際對抗伊波拉疫情物資儀式致詞稿。Click to read the full text
    Remarks by AIT Director Christopher J. Marut Taiwan Ebola Response Donation Ceremony.
    Click to read the full text
    OT-1410, November 25, 2014, 3 pages.
    "I am pleased to be with you here today to help recognize Taiwan’s contribution of protective equipment to the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa." (From AIT)

Category - Economics & Trade

  1. Kreutzer, David W.
    Impacts of Carbon Taxes on the US Economy. Click to read the full text
    Heritage Foundation, September 16, 2014, 10 pages.
    "Carbon taxes are bad for the economy as economic analysis by both the Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Energy Information Administration have projected." (From the Heritage Foundation)

  2. Runde, Daniel F. and Conor M. Savoy.
    The Economic Impact of the Ebola Outbreak. Click to read the full text
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 13, 2014, 2 pages.
    "Ebola is quickly moving from a regional public health crisis to a regional economic and political crisis that threatens to overwhelm the fragile development gains made by Sierra Leone and Liberia over the past " (From the CSIS)

  3. Watson, K. William.
    Will Nonmarket Economy Methodology Go Quietly into the Night? U.S. Antidumping Policy toward China after 2016. Click to read the full text
    Cato Institute, October 28, 2014, 17 pages.
    "This paper presents some of the alternative scenarios that might unfold as the 2016 expiration date approaches. There are a number of ways for U.S. antidumping authorities to retain the capacity to discriminate against Chinese exports while claiming to be in compliance with WTO rules." (From the Cato Institute)


Category - Politics

  1. Department of Defense.
    2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. Click to read the full text
    Department of Defense, June 2014, 16 pages.
    "Climate change will affect the Department of Defense's ability to defend the Nation and poses immediate risks to U.S. national security.  The Department is responding to climate change in two ways: adaptation, or efforts to plan for the changes that are occurring or expected to occur; and mitigation, or efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap (Roadmap) focuses on the Department's climate change adaptation activities." (From Department of Defense)

  2. "Executive Summary." from Exploring the Digital Nation: Embracing the Mobile Internet. Click to read the full text
    Department of Commerce, October 2014, 4 pages.
    "This report is the latest edition of our Digital Nation series, and it is based on data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau at the request of NTIA. Against this backdrop of data, today’s Internet-connected society raises a range of significant policy issues, including questions about spectrum use, universal service, copyright, privacy, security, and the economy itself." (From Department of Commerce)

  3. Kandel, William A.
    Permanent Legal Immigration to the United States: Policy Overview. Click to read the full text
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, October 29, 2014, 13 pages.
    "Most agree that revision of the system of permanent legal immigration should be one of the major components of a comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) proposal, along with increased border security and enforcement of immigration laws within the U.S. interior, reform of temporary worker visas, and options to address the millions of unauthorized aliens residing in the country.  Congress is considering proposals to alter the legal immigration system—either in the form of CIR or in the form of incremental revisions aimed at strategic changes." (From CRS Report)

Category - Global Issues

  1. Duggan, Maeve.
    Online Harassment. Click to read the full text
    Pew Research Center, October 22, 2014, 8 pages.
    "Harassment—from garden-variety name calling to more threatening behavior— is a common part of online life that colors the experiences of many web users. Fully 73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed in some way online and 40% have personally experienced it." (From Pew Research Center)

  2. Higginbottom, Heather.
    The U.S. Government Response to the Ebola Outbreak. Click to read the full text
    U.S. Department of State, November 12, 2014, 7 pages.
    "The United States has responded both here at home and abroad, implementing a whole-of-government strategy to lead the global effort to halt the Ebola epidemic. State and USAID are working in concert with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other supporting agencies to stop the spread of the virus and prevent further transmission into other countries." (From U.S. Department of State)

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