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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 1/7/22

This week, U.S. government officials marked the one-year anniversary of the attacks on the U.S. Capitol on January 6; Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan to curb anti-government protests; Chile’s constitutional assembly elected a new president; and the Prime Minister of Sudan resigned.

Read more below.


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Elizabeth Economy on Bloomberg TV: “Eurasia Group’s Global Threats to Watch in 2022”

Peter Feaver in Duke Today: “One Year Later, Scholars Examine Fallout from U.S. Capitol Riot”

Susan Glasser in The New Yorker: “Joe Biden’s Year of Hoping Dangerously”

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: "The Gears of Justice Can Grind Down the Forces of Insurrection"

Anne-Marie Slaughter in The New York Times: “Resolve to Think Bigger in 2022”


Rising Leaders in the News

Watch ASG Rising Leader David Livingston as a panelist for the Wilson Center's Global Europe Program event "The Geopolitical Implications of the European Green Deal." The virtual event will be held Monday, January 10 at 10AM ET. Register here.


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Al Jazeera: "Chile’s Constitutional Assembly Elects New President"

Yassir Abdullah, Nima Elbagir, and Hamdi Alkhshali for CNN: "Sudanese Prime Minister's Resignation Triggered by Military Reneging on Deal, Sources Say"

Jimmy Carter in The New York Times: "I Fear for Our Democracy"

Ivo Daalder and James Goldgeier in Foreign Affairs: "Europe Strong and Safe"

Francis Fukuyama in The New York Times: "One Single Day. That's All It Took for the World to Look Away From Us."

Ruby Mellen in The Washington Post: "How the Crisis in Kazakhstan Unfolded"

Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal: "Republicans' Jan. 6 Responsibility"

The White House: "Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races"


Book of the Week

By Elizabeth C. Economy

"An economic and military superpower with 20 percent of the world’s population, China has the wherewithal to transform the international system. Xi Jinping’s bold calls for China to 'lead in the reform of the global governance system' suggest that he has just such an ambition. But how does he plan to realize it? And what does it mean for the rest of the world?

In this compelling book, Elizabeth Economy reveals China’s ambitious new strategy to reclaim the country’s past glory and reshape the geostrategic landscape in dramatic new ways. Xi’s vision is one of Chinese centrality on the global stage, in which the mainland has realized its sovereignty claims over Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the South China Sea, deepened its global political, economic, and security reach through its grand-scale Belt and Road Initiative, and used its leadership in the United Nations and other institutions to align international norms and values, particularly around human rights, with those of China. It is a world radically different from that of today. The international community needs to understand and respond to the great risks, as well as the potential opportunities, of a world rebuilt by China."


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