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Category - Official Text

  1.  美國在台協會處長馬啓思肯定台灣近來在國際上的貢獻。Click to read the full text
    Statement by AIT Director Christopher J. Marut on Recent Successes in Taiwan.
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    OT-1412, December 23, 2014, 4 pages.
    "We commend Taiwan for stepping up to help address this international problem, even as the epicenter of that concern is far from Taiwan's shores." (From AIT)
  1. 美國在台協會處長馬啟思「保存文物,保育動物」合作計畫致詞稿。Click to read the full text
    Remarks by AIT Director Christopher J. Marut at "Culture and Conservation"  Program.
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    OT-1411, December 11, 2014, 4 pages.
    "AIT is delighted to cooperate with these six museums to promote public awareness of the problem of wildlife trafficking, and to do our part to reduce demand for illegal animal products in Asia." (From AIT)

Category - International Relations

  1. Cordesman, Anthony H.
    Chinese Strategy and Military Power in 2014: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and US Assessments. Click to read the full text
    Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 30, 2014, 37 pages.
    "The purpose of this report is to provide the basis for an unclassified dialogue on the military developments in China. By presenting data on the regional military balance alongside perspectives on China's military development, the Burke Chair hopes that readers can better understand how China’s strategic goals, military development, and regional views interact with each other."(From the CSIS)

  2. Easton, Ian and Randall Schriver.
    Standing Watch: Taiwan and Maritime Domain Awareness in the Western Pacific. Click to read the full text
    Project 2049 Institute, December 16, 2014, 19 pages.
    "This paper provides a preliminary assessment of Taiwan’s naval intelligence capabilities and evaluates its role in a future U.S.-led architecture for joint Western Pacific maritime domain awareness." (From the Project 2049 Institute)

  3. Fact Sheet on Steps to Chart A New Course in Cuba. Click to read the full text
    White House, December 17, 2014, 5 pages.
    "It is clear that decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba.  At times, longstanding U.S. policy towards Cuba has isolated the United States from regional and international partners, constrained our ability to influence outcomes throughout the Western Hemisphere, and impaired the use of the full range of tools available to the United States to promote positive change in Cuba." (From the White House)

  4. 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.: November 26, 2014, 50 pages.
    "This CRS Report, updated through the 113th Congress, provides an overview with analysis of the major issues in U.S. policy on Taiwan." (From CRS Report)

  5. Lagon, Mark P.
    The Umbrella Movement: A Pivotal Moment for Democracy in Hong Kong.  Click to read the full text
    Council on Foreign Relations, November 20, 2014, 6 pages.
    "Testifying before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Mark P. Lagon argues that democracy in Hong Kong is reaching a pivotal moment and the United States and other nations must join in supporting the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong." (From the Council on Foreign Relations)

Category - Economics

  1. Katz, Bruce and Richard M. Daley
    Foreign Students: A Significant But Unrecognized Global Asset. Click to read the full text
    Brookings Institution, November 25, 2014, 3 pages.
    "Yet close to home, the United States has a significant but mostly unrecognized global asset: the more than half-million foreign students who are currently pursuing degrees at American colleges and universities." (From the Brookings Institution)

  2. "Summary." from Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective. Click to read the full text
    December 8, 2014, 3 pages.
    "The growing role of the digital economy in daily life has heightened demand for new data and measurement tools. Internationally comparable and timely statistics combined with robust cross-country analyses are crucial to strengthen the evidence base for digital economy policy making, particularly in a context of rapid change." (From the OECD)

  3. Treasury's Sheets at National Press Club on Global Economy. Click to read the full text
    (Remarks of Under Secretary Sheets at the National Press Club, Event hosted by Brookings Institution)
    U.S. Department of the Treasury, December 3, 2014, 5 pages.
    "I would like to highlight a series of six issues that the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury sees as its core policy agenda for the years ahead.  Along the way, I will also discuss some major initiatives that we are pursuing to address these issues." (From U.S. Department of the Treasury)
  4. Weiss, N. Eric.
    Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis. Click to read the full text
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, December 11, 2014,
    17 pages.
    "Companies typically respond by trying to increase their cybersecurity by hiring consultants and purchasing new hardware and software. Policy analysts have suggested that sharing information about these breaches could be an effective and inexpensive part of improving cybersecurity. Firms share information directly on an ad hoc basis and through private-sector, nonprofit organizations such as Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) that can analyze and disseminate information." (From CRS Report)

Category - Politics 

  1. Kandel, William A.
    U.S. Family-Based Immigration Policy.  Click to read the full text
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, November 19, 2014, 34 pages.
    "Family reunification is a key principle underlying U.S. immigration policy. It is embodied in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which specifies numerical limits for five family-based admission categories, as well as a per-country limit on total family-based admissions." (From CRS Report)
  2. Markovich, Steven J.
    Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness.  Click to read the full text
    Council on Foreign Relations, December 5, 2014, 7 pages.
    "U.S. space exploration inspired a generation of students and innovators, but NASA's role has diminished, and the number of global space competitors is growing. This Backgrounder explores U.S. competitiveness in space." (From the Council on Foreign Relations)

Category - Global Issues

  1. Kerry, John.
    No Single Country Can Solve Climate Change.  Click to read the full text
    U.S. Department of State, December 11, 2014, 3 pages.
    "The world rarely gets advance warning of a global catastrophe. But for decades we have accumulated verifiable scientific evidence that climate change imperils all of us, no matter where we live or how we make our living. This is personal and the risks are real for all of us." (From the U.S. Department of State)
  2. Rainie, Lee and Janna Anderson.
    The Future of Privacy.  Click to read the full text
    Pew Research Center, December 18, 2014, 5 pages.
    "This report is a look into the future of privacy in light of the technological change, ever-growing monetization of digital encounters, and shifting relationship of citizens and their governments that is likely to extend through the next decade." (From Pew Research Center)

Category - Innovation

  1. Harris, Harry B., Jr.
    (Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet)
    Speech at Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA), TechNet Asia-Pacific.  Click to read the full text
    (Innovative Solutions Needed to Spur Innovation)
    U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 11, 2014, 8 pages.
    "No doubt innovative Americans have been pushing the boundaries in every field of science and technology since our nation's founding.  And with your help, we're evolving technology and equipment to meet our needs in the Navy as well, especially as we rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific and we contend with the challenges we see coming up in the decades ahead." (From the U.S. Pacific Fleet)

  2. Sharples, Mike and others.
    "Executive Summary." from Innovating Pedagogy 2014.  Click to read the full text
    Open University, December 03, 2014, 3 pages.
    "The series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation." (From the Open University)

  3. Steimle, Joshua.
    Is China No Longer A Copycat?  Click to read the full text
    (Copycat To Copyright: Marginal Innovations Are More Disruptive Than You Think)
    Forbes, December 19, 2014, 5 pages.
    "I recently spoke with Ray Crook, APAC Managing Director of Innovation and Product Development at TNS, the global research consultancy, to discuss innovation in Asia, a region more often associated with copycat products and copyright infringement than any sort of innovation. Crook showed me how this perception of Asia is incorrect, and how innovations coming from Asia, while mostly of the marginal sort, are having a disruptive influence in the region and beyond." (From Forbes)
  4. Wein, Michelle.
    The Worst Innovation Mercantilist Policies of 2014.  Click to read the full text
    Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, December 8, 2014,
    12 pages.
    "Innovation is a central driver of growth. As a result, an increasing number of countries are seeking to become innovation leaders. Unfortunately, the methods that many choose are grounded in 'innovation mercantilism': a strategy that sees technology-based exports as the key to success while relying on distortive and protectionist tactics to achieve that goal." (From the ITIF)

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