Clinton explains foreign policy strategies

“Today, we must acknowledge two inescapable facts that define our world: First, no nation can meet the world’s challenges alone … Second, most nations worry about the same global threats … but also face very real obstacles,” said Secretary of State Clinton in her 15 July speech to the Council on Foreign Relations. “For just as no nation can meet these challenges alone, no challenge can be met without America.”

Outlining the five policy approaches of the Obama adminstration, the Secretary noted, “We are working with our key treaty allies Japan and Korea, Australia, Thailand, and the Philippines and other partners to strengthen our bilateral relationships as well as trans-Pacific institutions.”

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Breaking down trade barriers

The 2009 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers report describes significant barriers to U.S. trade and investment during 2008 as well as the actions taken by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to address those barriers. 

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New website focuses on diplomatic history

Did you know the Governments of the United States and Australia announced the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations in 1940? The new website of the Office of the Historian at the Department of State includes lots of facts and figures about the diplomatic history of the United States including country-specific information.  There is also an extensive Frequently Asked Questions section, a timeline and much more.

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Foreign holdings of U.S. securities

The U.S. Department of Treasury has released a  Preliminary Report on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities at End-June 2008 (PDF). The survey measured foreign holdings of U.S. securities as of June 30, 2008, to be $10,324 billion, with $2,969 billion held in U.S. equities, $6,494 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities1 (of which $1,532 billion are holdings of asset-backed securities (ABS) 2 and $4,962 billion are holdings of non-ABS securities), and $861 billion held in U.S. short-term debt securities.

Final survey results, which will include additional detail as well as possible revisions to the preliminary data, will be reported on April 30, 2009.

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Analysis looks at foreign-born populations

A new report provides detailed characteristic profiles on the foreign-born population living in the US.  The new analysis of data from the 2007 American Community Survey (ACS) found that 28 percent of the nation’s foreign-born entered in 2000 or later, 29 percent between 1990 and 1999, and 43 percent entered the United States before 1990.

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U.S. foreign assistance

In 2008, the U.S. provided some form of foreign assistance to 154 countries. How was the money spent and who received it? A new report from the Congressional Research Service gives an overview.

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