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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States, October 2016

Categories: China,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment,Germany,Japan,Korea,Switzerland,Taiwan

Latest semi-annual report on unfair currency practices by trading partners, especially those with a bilateral trade surplus with the U.S.  Special attention is focused on China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, and Switzerland.  Also covers economic, trade, and exchange rate developments for the first six months of 2016.  From the Treasury Department


Presidential Policy Directive 43: United States-Cuba Normalization

Categories: Cuba,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Homeland Security,Presidency

Describes the U.S. vision for normalization of relations with Cuba, how the policy aligns with U.S. national security interests, assesses progress toward normalization to date, describes priority objectives and more.  From the White House, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


CIA: “Pinochet Personally Ordered” Letelier Bombing

Categories: Chile,Foreign Affairs,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

A set of three declassified U.S. government documents implicating the leader of Chile in the bombing deaths of a Chilean diplomat and his assistant in Washington DC in 1976.  From the National Security Archive


United States Reinstates Trade Preference Benefits for Burma Following Review of Eligibility Criteria

Categories: Burma,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment

Press release explaining the reasons for suspending Burma’s benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in 1989 and the resumption of benefits after reforms of worker rights by the new regime led by Aung San Suu Kyi.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


U. S. Leadership and the Challenge of State Fragility

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Foreign Affairs

Calls for four principles of engagement to guide U.S. responses to the challenge of fragile states and the regional problems they create.   From the United States Institute of Peace


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVI, Southern Africa

Categories: Africa,Congress,Cuba,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History

Documents the efforts of the Carter Administration to counter Cuban influence in southern Africa, especially Angola, while dealing with Congressional prohibitions against U.S. covert actions in the region.  Also focuses on the challenge of the apartheid regime in South Africa.  From the State Department

Audit of the National Security Division’s Enforcement and Administration of the Foreign Agents Registration Act

Categories: Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Reviews and evaluates the enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Passed to compel disclosure when U.S. citizens serve as agents of a foreign government, the review found a declining trend in registrations and prosecutions beginning in the 1990s and confusion as to the purpose of the act.  Makes 14 recommendations for improved enforcement.  Current investigations are said by the press to be aimed at foreign sources of income for Virginia Governor McAuliffe and former Trump advisor Paul Manafort.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department



FBI Releases Documents in Hillary Clinton E-Mail Investigation

Press release announcing public availability of the summary of Hillary Clinton’s July 2016 interview with FBI officials concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored/transmitted on a personal e-mail server.  Also includes a factual summary of the FBI investigation.  Contains links to text of documents in FBI’s Vault site. The documents released for public viewing represent only a portion of the material turned over to congressional committees. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


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