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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 10/23/21

The agenda for the 12th annual in-person Aspen Security Forum is out now!

Sessions Include

A Conversation with Singapore's Defense Minister

on the Asia-Pacific

Ng Eng Hen

Minister of Defense of Singapore

Moderated by Joseph Nye

Co-Chair, Aspen Strategy Group

Defeating the Virus: The Biden Administration’s Global Vaccination Pledge

Gayle Smith

Coordinator for Global COVID Response and Health Security,

Department of State

Kathleen Sebelius

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services

Gary Edson

CEO, COVID Collaborative

Anne Pritchett

Senior Vice President, Policy and Research, PhRMA

Moderated by Kavita Patel

Nonresident Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution

The Future of Special Operations Forces

Richard Clarke

Commander, U.S. Special Operations Forces

Moderated by Michèle Flournoy

Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

...and many more.


The 2021 Aspen Security Forum is Produced in Partnership with

With Special Thanks to Our Underwriters


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Madeleine Albright interviewed by Steve Inskeep for NPR: “Albright and Powell, Both Secretaries of State, Were Part of A Small Club”

Steve Biegun in a George Washington University event summarized in The Korea Herald: “N. Korea May Be Considering Engaging With S. Korea, U.S.: Biegun”

Sylvia Burwell and Anne-Marie Slaughter named to Washingtonian Magazine's list of Washington's Most Powerful Women 2021

Chris Coons and Mike Froman joined the Global Inclusive Growth Summit hosted by the Aspen Institute and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Michèle Flournoy joined the board of advisors of the Special Competitive Studies Project on AI and emerging technologies

Robert Gates on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper: “Robert Gates on Afghanistan, His Disagreements With President Biden and Polarization in the U.S.”

Michael Green in a CSIS discussion: “AUKUS and Its Impacts”

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “The Ice Between the U.S. and Russia May Be Thawing — For Now”

Condoleezza Rice in The Washington Post: “Colin Powell’s Greatest Legacy Is in the People He Inspired”

David Sanger in The New York Times: “Washington Hears Echoes of the ’50s and Worries: Is This A Cold War With China?”


Rising Leaders in the News

Congratulations to ASG Rising Leader Virginia Boney for being named one of Washington’s Most Powerful Women 2021 by Washingtonian magazine for her work in lobbying and advocacy!

See the full list here.


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

BBC: "China Denies Testing Nuclear-Capable Hypersonic Missile"

Shane Harris and Michael Birnbaum for The Washington Post: “White House, Intelligence Agencies, Pentagon Issue Reports Warning That Climate Change Threatens Global Security”

Greg Ip in The Wall Street Journal: ““Supply-Chain Crisis Fuels Latest Retreat from Globalization”

Elliot Smith for CNBC: “UK Secures $13 Billion of Investment as It Seeks to Overcome Post-Brexit Slump”

Amy Walter on The Cook Political Report: "Reform or Renewal?"


Book of the Week

By Daniel Poneman

“Humanity faces two existential threats: nuclear annihilation and catastrophic climate change. Both have human origins, and both are linked to the use of nuclear energy. Inherent in the use of atomic fission is the risk that the technology and materials can be diverted to terrorists or hostile nations and used to make nuclear weapons. The key question is whether we can use nuclear energy to reduce the threat of climate change without increasing the risk that nuclear weapons will be used.

In Double Jeopardy, Daniel Poneman argues that the world needs an “all-of-the-above” energy policy, one that advances the goal of decarbonizing the environment through all available means—including nuclear power. Poneman makes a compelling case that we can enhance the ability of nuclear power to combat climate change even as we reduce the risks of nuclear terror. Doing so will require well-crafted laws and policies, implemented with an ethos of constant vigilance and embedded in a culture that weaves safety and security goals into the fabric of our nuclear programs. This will enable government and industry to work together to maximize energy and climate benefits while minimizing safety and security risks.”


Applications Open

Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow

The Aspen Strategy Group is seeking the next Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow. Named in honor of ASG Chair Emeritus Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, the fellowship program provides the first stepping-stone for young professionals with an interest in U.S. foreign policy to forge careers inspired by General Scowcroft’s expertise and ethos of service. Scowcroft Fellows typically join the ASG team for a period of 6 months, during which time they are encouraged to develop practical skills and build knowledge in the field of foreign policy and national security.

Applications are now open for this temporary, full-time, paid position.


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