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The Weekly Leaf - January 20

The Weekly Leaf

This week, leaders from around the world met in Davos at the World Economic Forum, protests erupted across France against the increase in the retirement age, and billions of people prepared to celebrate the Lunar New Year 🐇.

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Michael Green and Jude Blanchette interviewed Bilahari Kausikan for The Asia Chessboard: "Balance of Power in Southeast Asia"

Kay Bailey Hutchison interviewed by Greta Van Susteren for Newsmax: "U.S., Allies 'Could Do More' to Help Ukraine"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "Japan Is Reacting to Russia and China Rationally. It Is Only the Beginning."

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: "Where Moms Hover Over Starving Children"

Meghan O'Sullivan and Jason Bordoff for the World Economic Forum: "Why We Need to Rethink Energy Security in the Transition to Net-Zero"

Jack Reed interviewed by Andrea Mitchell for MSNBC: "Cutting Aid to Ukraine ‘Would Be Extremely Short-Sighted’"

Condoleezza Rice interviewed by Martha MacCallum for Fox News: "Russia-Ukraine War: It Is Not the Time to Think About a Negotiated Settlement"

David Sanger, David Rothkopf, and Rosa Brooks for Deep State Radio: "Which U.S. Allies Aren't Really Allies?"

Lawrence Summers, Gillian Tett, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Mary Callahan Erdoes, and Sigrid Kaag for the World Economic Forum: "Is Rapid Growth Still Possible?"

Robert Zoellick for the Financial Times: "The Long Shadow of Iraq and Its Lessons Today"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Tobias Billström and Ulf Kristersson interviewed by Suzanne Lynch and Charlie Duxbury for the POLITICO EU Confidential podcast: "From Stockholm: Sweden Shifts Right on Crime and Migration — EU Council Captaincy"

Noemie Bisserbe for The Wall Street Journal: "Workers in France Strike Over Macron’s Plan to Raise Retirement Age to 64"

General Charles Q. Brown for The Hill: "The B-21 Raider Is the Right Capability at the Right Time"

John Hudson for The Washington Post: "CIA Director Holds Secret Meeting with Zelensky on Russia’s Next Steps"

Ro Khanna for Foreign Affairs: "The New Industrial Age"

Mark Landler and Eshe Nelson for The New York Times: "At Wartime Davos Forum, Calls for European Unity Are Eased by Relief"

Hans Nichols for Axios: "Inside Yellen's Rare Meeting with China's Vice Premier"

Laura Richardson interviewed by Courtney Kube for the Atlantic Council: "Security Across the Americas"

Peter W. Singer and Taylor A. Lee for Defense One: "The PLA's People Problem"

Todd Young visited Taiwan and spoke with President Tsai Ing-wen


Book of the Week

By Shannon K. O'Neil

"The conventional wisdom about globalization is wrong. Over the past forty years as companies, money, ideas, and people went abroad more often than not, they looked regional rather than globally. O’Neil details this transformation and the rise of three major regional hubs in Asia, Europe, and North America. Current technological, demographic, and geopolitical trends look only to deepen these regional ties. O'Neil argues that this has urgent implications for the United States. Regionalization has enhanced economic competitiveness and prosperity in Europe and Asia. It could do the same for the United States, if only it would embrace its neighbors."


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