The ASG Weekly Leaf: 7/8/22
Updated: Jul 27
The Weekly Leaf
This week, Boris Johnson announced his resignation as U.K. Conservative Party leader, the Russian army captured Luhansk, and former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated in an extremely rare instance of gun violence in the country.
Read more below.
The 13th annual Aspen Security Forum will take place July 19 to 22 in Aspen, Colorado. Stay tuned for additional updates.
This Week’s Content Highlights
Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members
Chris Coons sat down for a Q&A with Foreign Policy
John Deutch for The International Economy: “The World After Ukraine”
Michael J. Green interviewed by A. Martinez for NPR: "Shinzo Abe Brought Transformation to Japan That Will Last for Generations"
Kay Bailey Hutchison for The Dallas Morning News: “Recent NATO Summit Stressed Strong Alliance”
David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "Nearly Every American Has a Foreboding the Country They Love Is Losing Its Way”
Joseph Nye for The National Interest: “The War in Ukraine Exposed the Limits of ‘Great Power Competition’”
Susan Schwab interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: "Future of U.S.-China Trade Relations"
Rising Leaders in the News
"While the operation in Afghanistan has been the source of much introspection, there is one crucial and under-discussed factor that the operation laid bare: media literacy."
– ASG Rising Leader James Martin ('22) and Jasper Campbell for the U.S. Naval Institute: "The Military Needs Media Literacy Training"
Tweet of the Week
Things to Know
Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions
Evan Gershkovich and Louise Radnofsky for The Wall Street Journal: “Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty to Russian Drug Charges in Bid for Leniency”
Dave Lawler for Axios: "Boris Johnson Announces Resignation: 'When the Herd Moves, It Moves'"
Constant Meheut and Aurelien Breeden for The New York Times: "France, Hoping to Weather Energy Crisis, Will Renationalize Electricity Giant"
Reuters: “U.S. Charges Two Homeland Security Workers in Chinese Spying Scheme”
Yvette Tan and Matt Murphy for the BBC: “Shinzo Abe: Japan Ex-Leader Assassinated While Giving Speech”
Bel Trew for the Independent: “Ukrainian Army Announces Withdrawal from Last Major City in Luhansk”
Colm Quinn for Foreign Policy: “Tshisekedi and Kagame Discuss Africa’s Latest Flash Point”
Book of the Week
By William J. Burns
"In The Back Channel, Burns recounts, with novelistic detail and incisive analysis, some of the seminal moments of his career. Drawing on a trove of newly declassified cables and memos, he gives readers a rare inside look at American diplomacy in action. His dispatches from war-torn Chechnya and Qaddafi’s bizarre camp in the Libyan desert and his warnings of the 'Perfect Storm' that would be unleashed by the Iraq War will reshape our understanding of history—and inform the policy debates of the future. Burns sketches the contours of effective American leadership in a world that resembles neither the zero-sum Cold War contest of his early years as a diplomat nor the 'unipolar moment' of American primacy that followed.
Ultimately, The Back Channel is an eloquent, deeply informed, and timely story of a life spent in service of American interests abroad. It is also a powerful reminder, in a time of great turmoil, of the enduring importance of diplomacy."
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