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 Category - Official Text

  1. 美國在台協會處長梅健華出席「美國商機日」開幕典禮致詞稿
    Remarks by AIT Director Kin Moy at U.S. Trade Day Opening.

    OT-1518, August 5, 2015, 2 pages.
    “The U.S.-Taiwan trade partnership has evolved into something quite special, and it is clearly a win-win for both sides.” (From AIT)
  2. 美國在台協會副處長傅德恩出席「台灣2015 UNFCC NG論壇」開幕典禮致詞稿台北交通部國際會議中心。
    Remarks by AIT Deputy Director Robert W. Forden at the Opening Ceremony of the Taiwan 2015 UNFCCC NGO Forum MOTC GIS Convention Center, Taipei. 

    OT-1519 August 21, 2015, 2 page.
    “We recognize that addressing the threat of climate change effectively is going to require us to do much more, both independently and in cooperation with like-minded partners.”  (From AIT)
  3. 美國在台協會副處長酈英傑2015年防制人口販運國際工作坊開幕致詞稿
    Remarks by AIT Deputy Director Brent Christensen at 2015 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking July 29, 2015.

    OT-1517, July 29, 2015, 2 pages.
    “This annual event is an excellent way for Taiwan to share its experiences with international partners, and for experts from around the world to discuss ways we can work together to eradicate modern slavery.” (From AIT)
  1. 美國2015年人口販運問題報告台灣部分(第一列)
    2015 Trafficking in Persons Report: Taiwan (Tier 1).

    OT-1516, July 28, 2015, 3 pages.
    “As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.” (From AIT)

Category - International Relations

  1. Kerry, John.
    John Kerry)在美國使館升旗儀式上發表講話
    Secretary Kerry at U.S. Embassy’s Flag-Raising Ceremony in Cuba.

    U.S. Department of State, August 14, 2015, 3 pages.
    “Thank you for joining us at this truly historic moment as we prepare to raise the United States flag here at our embassy in Havana, symbolizing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations after 54 years. This is also the first time that a United States Secretary of State has been to Cuba since 1945.” (From U.S. Department of State)
  1. Hsu, Kimberly and Matthew Southerland.
    Taiwan’s Global Fisheries Modestly Advance its “International Space.”

    U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, July 27, 2015, 15 pages.
    “Despite being home to one of the largest fishing industries in the world, Taiwan cannot participate fully in international fisheries management and conservation efforts due to its ambiguous political status and restricted “international space.” Although these political realities have limited its participation in global fisheries management, the size, geographic range, and technical capabilities of its fishing industry have given Taiwan the political leverage to take modest and pragmatic steps to expand its participation in bilateral, regional, and international fisheries-related agreements.” (From the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission)
  1. The Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy: Achieving U.S. National Security Objectives in a Changing Environment.
    Department of Defense, July 2015, 40 pages.
    “This report outlines four lines of effort the Department is employing in order to preserve security in this vital region. First, we are strengthening our military capacity to ensure the United States can successfully deter conflict and coercion and respond decisively when needed. Second, we are working together with our allies and partners from Northeast Asia to the Indian Ocean to build their capacity to address potential challenges in their waters and across the region. Third, we are leveraging military diplomacy to build greater transparency, reduce the risk of miscalculation or conflict, and promote shared maritime rules of the road. Finally, we are working to strengthen regional security institutions and encourage the development of an open and effective regional security architecture.” (From the Department of Defense)

Category - Economics

  1.  Monetary Policy 101: A Primer on the Fed’s Changing Approach to Policy Implementation.
    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 30, 2015, 30 pages.
    “This paper provides a primer on the Fed’s implementation of monetary policy. We use the standard textbook model to illustrate why the approach used by the Federal Reserve before the financial crisis to keep the federal funds rate near the FOMC’s target will not work in current circumstances, and explain the approach that the Committee intends to use instead when it decides to begin raising short-term interest rates.” (From the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)
  1. Morrison, Wayne M. and others.
    U.S. Trade Concepts, Performance, and Policy: Frequently Asked Questions. 

    Washington, D.C. : Congressional Research Service, August 14, 2015, 48 pages.
    “The report is divided into four sections in a question-and-answer format: trade concepts; U.S. trade performance; formulation of U.S. trade policy; and trade and investment issues.”(From CRS Report)
  1. Murphy, Edward V. and others.
    Bitcoin: Questions, Answers, and Analysis of Legal Issues.

    Washington, D.C. : Congressional Research Service, August 14, 2015, 35 pages.
    “Bitcoin raises a number of legal and regulatory concerns, including its potential for facilitating money laundering, its treatment under federal securities law, and its status in the regulation of foreign exchange trading.” (From CRS Report)

Category - Politics 

  1. Coleman, Kevin J. and Eric A. Fischer.
    The Help America Vote Act and Election Administration: Overview and Issues.

    Washington, D.C. : Congressional Research Service, August 7, 2015, 23 pages.
    “This report provides background information about HAVA and its provisions, the EAC, funding for the agency and for state programs to improve elections, and a number of enduring election administration issues.” (From CRS Report)
  1. Lenhart, Amanda.
    Teens, Technology and Friendships.
    Pew Research Center, August 6, 2015, 10 pages.
    “This report explores the new contours of friendship in the digital age. It covers the results of a national survey of teens ages 13 to 17; throughout the report, the word “teens” refers to those in that age bracket, unless otherwise specified. The survey was conducted online from Sept. 25 through Oct. 9, 2014, and Feb. 10 through March 16, 2015, and 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014.” (Pew Research Center)
  1. Von Spakovsky, Hans A.
    The Dangers of Internet Voting. 
    The Heritage Foundation, July 14, 2015, 9 pages.
    “Such attacks could even be launched by an enemy agency beyond the reach of U.S. law and could cause significant voter disenfranchisement, privacy violations, vote buying and selling, and vote switching. The biggest danger, however, is that such attacks could be completely undetected.” (From the Heritage Foundation)

Category - Global Issues

  1. Obama, Barack.
    Remarks by the President on Iran Nuclear Deal.
    U.S. Department of State, August 5, 2015, 12 pages.
    “President Obama discusses the issues surrounding the deal struck with Iran on its nuclear program.” (From U.S. Department of State)
  1. Livingston, David and Eugene Tan.
    Shale’s True Contribution to the Oil Market. 

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, July 9, 2015,  5 Pages.
    “U.S. shale producers don’t have the power that Saudi Arabia has wielded over the world oil market, but they have brought a new era of competition.” (From the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
  2. Salaam-Blyther, Tiaji.
    CRS Insights: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV): World Health Organization Responses.

    Washington, D.C. : Congressional Research Service, July 2, 2015, 3 pages.
    “MERS-CoV is an infectious respiratory disease that can be fatal. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease, but the treatment of symptoms, which can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, may improve patient outcomes. Over 1,300 cases have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2012.” (From CRS report)

Category - Innovation

  1. Donofrio, Nick.
    Can Innovation Be Taught? 
    EdTech Magazine, August 14, 2015, 3 pages.
    “Removing constraints to creativity allows future graduates to focus on new ideas and innovations. Preparing students by doing rather than just learning makes them work-ready, providing them a foundation for future innovations.”  (From the EdTech Magazine)
  1. Yonatan, Reuben.
    10 Communication Technology Trends Shaping Education.

    The Business Journal, August 17, 2015, 6 pages.
    “A new type of education, and a new type of educator, is emerging. We are going forward to a learning system of the latest gadgets and apps, while returning to an older teaching model where the teacher knows the student, not just the subject.” (From the Business Journal)


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