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FOCUS April 2016

 Category - International Relations

  1. Obama, Barack.
    Remarks by President Obama to the People of Cuba.
    The White House, March 22, 2016, 10 pages.
    “I want to share with you my vision of what our future can be. I want the Cuban people -- especially the young people -- to understand why I believe that you should look to the future with hope; not the false promise which insists that things are better than they really are, or the blind optimism that says all your problems can go away tomorrow.  Hope that is rooted in the future that you can choose and that you can shape, and that you can build for your country. I'm hopeful because I believe that the Cuban people are as innovative as any people in the world..” (From the White House)
  1. Tong, Kurt.
    Taiwan's International Role and the GCTF.

    US Department of State, March 2, 2016, 2 pages.
    “We want Taiwan to embrace a leadership role and to work with us to find innovative ways to ensure appropriate recognition of Taiwan’s contributions. Both Taiwan and the world benefit from Taiwan’s meaningful participation in regional and global discussions. Expanding Taiwan’s role on the international stage can be challenging, but working together we have made significant progress in recent years. And I am confident that through innovative mechanisms such as the Global Cooperation and Training Framework, we will continue to expand our international cooperation in the future.” (From the US Department of State)
  1. Gitter, David and Robert Sutter.
    Taiwan’s Strong but Stifled Foundations of National Power. 

    The National Bureau of Asian Research, Special Report #54, January 2016, 32 pages.
    “This report examines the key factors underpinning the size, nature, and resilience of national power in Taiwan and draws implications for cross-strait relations.” (From the National Bureau of Asian Research)
  1. Pilger, Michael.
    ADIZ Update: Enforcement in the East China Sea, Prospects for the South China Sea, and Implications for the United States.
    U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, March 2, 2016, 15 pages.
    “On November 23, 2013, China established an air defense identification zone (ADIZ)* in the East China Sea. China’s ADIZ encompasses the Senkaku Islands, which Japan administers but over which both countries claim sovereignty. This report seeks to assess the extent to which China has enforced its ADIZ in the East China Sea, and to consider the potential conditions and implications of a Chinese ADIZ in the South China Sea.” (From the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission)


Category - Economics

  1. Barfield, Claude.
    TPP: What it means for the digital economy.
    The Cipher Brief, February 12, 2016, 2 pages.
    “The entire E-Commerce chapter comes under the full scope of the TPP dispute settlement system.  If the TPP is ratified by the TPP member states and comes into force, it will have far-reaching strategic implications for both the world trading system and the future of the Internet.   Even before expected expansion to other Asian and non-Asian nations, the TPP already covers one quarter of world trade and about 40 percent of world GDP.” (From the Cipher Brief)
  1. Jackson , James K.
    U.S. Trade Deficit and the Impact of Changing Oil Prices.
    Washington, D.C. : Congressional Research Service, February 25, 2016, 13 pages.
    “This report provides an estimate of the initial impact of the changing oil prices on the nation’s merchandise trade balance.” (From CRS Report)

Category - Politics

  1. Hudak, John.
    What the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Means for the Middle East.
    The Brookings Institution, February 22, 2016, 20 page.
    “This report provides a detailed overview of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It begins with a discussion of how American presidential elections work and the sequence of the electoral processes that will occur over the coming months. Second, it will discuss what makes this election so unique, even by American standards. Then, it will describe the major issues being discussed in the campaign, specifically those that matter most to the Middle East. Finally, after providing individual candidate profiles of the leading candidates in both the Democratic and Republican parties, it will offer some conclusions about what type of foreign policy can be expected from the next American administration.” (from the Brookings Institution)
  1. Inserra, David.
    Top Four Homeland Security Priorities for the Next Administration.
    The Heritage Foundation, March 16, 2016, 4 pages.
    “In 2017, a new President will face significant challenges at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Rectifying these shortcomings is important if the U.S. is to remain secure and prosperous. The following are the top four DHS priorities for the next Administration.” (From the Heritage Foundation)
  1. Kandel, William A.
    U.S. Family-Based Immigration Policy.
    Washington, D.C. : Congressional Research Service, February 17, 2016, 35 pages.
    “This report provides an examination of family-based immigration policy. It outlines a brief history of U.S. family-based immigration policies, discusses current law governing admissions, and summarizes recommendations made by previous congressionally mandated committees charged with evaluating immigration policy. It then presents descriptive figures on legal immigrants entering the United States during the past decade and discusses the sizable queue of approved immigrant petitioners waiting for an immigrant visa. It closes by discussing selected policy issues.” (From CRS Report)
  1. Fallows, James.
    How America Is Putting Itself Back Together.
    The Atlantic, March 2016, 15 pages.
    “Three years of reporting, traveling by small plane to dozens of towns and small cities, uncovered revival and reinvention that belie the popular perception of a nation in decline.” (From the Atlantic) 

Category - Global Issues

  1. Kahn, Robert.
    Energy Prices and Crisis Risks.
    Council on Foreign Relations, March 2, 2016. 7 pages.
    “The author testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, describing the crisis risks generated by persistently low oil and gas prices. He argued that the risks are especially acute for energy exporters such as Venezuela and Nigeria, and that such countries need sizable policy adjustments in the immediate future.”(From the Council for Foreign Affairs)
  1. Kerr, Paul K. and others.
    Iran-North Korea-Syria Ballistic Missile and Nuclear Cooperation.
    Washington, D.C. : Congressional Research Service, February 26, 2016, 13 pages.
    “This report focuses primarily on unclassified and declassified U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) assessments over the past two decades. These assessments indicate that there is no evidence that Iran and North Korea have engaged in nuclear-related trade or cooperation with each other, although ballistic missile technology cooperation between the two is significant and meaningful, and Syria has received ballistic missiles and related technology from North Korea and Iran and also engaged in nuclear technology cooperation with North Korea.” (From CRS Report)
  1. Rohac, Dalibor.
    The EU’s Refugee Crisis: Not Quite Over Yet.
    American Enterprise Institute, March 9, 2016, 3 pages.
    “The European Union (EU) and Turkey reached an agreement to curb irregular migration to Greece. In return, the government in Ankara is receiving €6 billion to cover the costs linked to the presence of almost 2 million refugees and asylum seekers in the country, most of whom have arrived from Syria.” (From American Enterprise Institute)
  1. Salaam-blyther, Tiaji.
    CRS Insight: Zika Virus: Global Health Considerations.

    Washington, D.C. : Congressional Research Service, February 9, 2016, 4 pages.
    “Zika is a virus that is primarily spread by Aedes mosquitoes—the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. Zika transmission has also been documented from mother to child during pregnancy, as well as through sexual intercourse, blood transfusions, and laboratory exposure. Scientists first identified the virus in 1947 among monkeys living in the Ugandan Zika forest. Five years later, human cases were detected in Uganda and Tanzania. The first human cases outside of Africa were diagnosed in the Pacific in 2007 and in Latin America in 2015.The ongoing outbreak in Latin America began in Brazil in May 2015 and has since spread to 26 countries and territories in the region.” (From CRS Report)
  1. Wike, Richard.
    Broad Support for Internet freedom around the world. 
    Pew Research Center, February 23, 2016, 3 pages.
    “In a relatively short period of time, the internet has become an influential arena for public debates about political and social issues. And around the world, many consider free expression in cyberspace to be a fundamental right.” (From Pew Research Center) 

Category - Innovation

  1. Science of Innovation 2016
    The National Science Foundation, March 2016.
    “From 3-D bioprinting that could one day generate heart tissue to origami-inspired structures built for medicine and space exploration, a new set of educational videos continues an exploration begun three years ago inside the creative process that leads to innovation. Six new stories in the ‘Science of Innovation’ video series highlight how innovation can turn fundamental science and engineering ideas into significant societal and economic impacts.‘Science of Innovation’ is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.” (From The National Science Foundation)
  1. Litan, Robert.
    Here's Proof the U.S. Is on the Verge of Huge Innovations. 

    Fortune, March 1, 2016, 3 pages.
    “Whether through solo entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial teams, companies boosted by accelerators, or firms generated by high tech studies,  the convergence of multiple parallel technologies is likely to lead to more rapid innovation than the pessimists predict. That’s the good news. The potentially bad news is that faster innovation means more technology-induced labor market churn, and thus more displacement of the kind that has led to so much worker anxiety much in evidence during the Presidential campaign so far.” (From Fortune)   

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