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Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami : Humanitarian Assistance and ...

Summary: On December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, unleashed a tsunami that affected more than 12 countries throughout south and southeast Asia and stretched as far as the northeastern African coast. Current official estimates indicate that more than 160,000 people are dead and millions of others are affected, including those injured, missing, or displaced, making this the deadliest tsunami on record. New...

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China-U. S. Relations : Current Issues and Implications for U. S. ...

By: Kerry B. Dumbaugh

Summary: For much of the George W. Bush Administration, U.S.-China relations have been unusually smooth and stable. Still, several perennial problems continue to dog the relationship. Taiwan remains the most sensitive and complex issue the two countries face and the one that many observers fear could lead to potential conflict. China considers Taiwan’s budding independence movement the single biggest threat to China’s sovereignty and regional peace, and Beijing maintains...

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China-U. S. Relations : Current Issues and Implications for U. S. ...

By: Kerry B. Dumbaugh

Introduction: China-U.S. relations now are smoother than they have been at any time since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. In the last several years, the two governments have resumed regular high-level visits and exchanges of working level officials, resumed military-to-military relations, cooperated on anti-terror initiatives, and worked closely to restrain and eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons activities. Despite this, thorny problems continue to be factor...

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Foreign Aid : An Introductory Overview of U. S. Programs and Policy

By: Curt Tarnoff

Summary: Foreign assistance is a fundamental component of the international affairs budget and is viewed by many as an essential instrument of U.S. foreign policy. Since the end of the Cold War, many have proposed significant changes in the size, composition, and purpose of the program, several of which have been adopted. The focus of U.S. foreign aid policy has also been transformed since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This report provides an overview of t...

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Pulse Check Trends in Drug Abuse Mid–Year 2000

Excerpt: Acknowledgements: The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) acknowledges the contributions made by the 74 Pulse Check sources who voluntarily prepared for and participated in the in-depth discussions that are the basis for this report. Their names (unless they requested anonymity) appear in an appendix. Information presented in this publication reflects the views of those sources, and not necessarily those of the Federal Government. Marcia Meth, Rebecca...

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Foreign Affairs, Defense, And Trade : Key Issues for the 109Th Con...

By: Bruce Vaughn

Excerpt: The 109th Congress will face early funding and oversight issues under pressure of tight fiscal conditions in 2005. Challenges are likely to include providing the necessary resources to secure stability, democracy, and reconstruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, continue the global fight against terrorism, dissuade Iran, North Korea, and perhaps other countries from pursuing nuclear weapons, and adequately fund a number of other high priority programs. In February, t...

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The Nist Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology

By: Gail Ehrlich

Technical Reference Publication

Excerpt: Principal Findings and Recommendations. The VCAT commend NIST for its well-managed and high quality portfolio of programs that is vital to strengthening the nation?s innovation, trade, public safety, security, and jobs. These programs consist of the NIST Laboratories, the Advanced Technology Program, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Baldrige National Quality Program, with each playing a distinctive role in the nation?s technology infrastructure. ...

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