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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 10/30/20

Vote 2020

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Aspen Strategy Group Publishes New Policy Book

The Aspen Strategy Group has published its annual book of strategic policy recommendations based on the conversations at the 2020 ASG Summer Workshop. Covering race, democracy, and political divisions in America; the global economy; U.S.-China relations; and foreign policy priorities for 2021, “Domestic and International (Dis)Order: A Strategic Response” is available now on our website.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Madeleine Albright and Ibrahim Gambari in Project Syndicate: “Recovery and Renewal at the UN”

Nicholas Burns in Foreign Affairs: “How to Lead in a Time of Pandemic”

Sylvia Burwell and Fran Townsend on CNN: “Whoever Wins in November Is Going to Have to Solve the Covid-19 Crisis”

Kurt Campbell and Robert Zoellick on The Asia Group’s Tea Leaves podcast

Ash Carter in Belfer Center’s Technology and Public Purpose Project discussion

Nick Kristof on The Agenda with Steve Paikan: “Can America Save Its Working Class?”

Anja Manuel on BBC World’s Global Questions

Joseph Nye for Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative: “COVID’s New Leadership Challenge”

David Sanger, Julian Barnes, and Nicole Perlroth in The New York Times: “Russia Poses A Bigger Election Threat Than Iran, Many U.S. Officials Say”

Philip Zelikow in Foreign Policy: “The U.S. Foreign Service Isn’t Suited for the 21st Century”



Aspen Strategy Group Policy Book Launch

Domestic and International (Dis)Order: A Strategic Response

To mark the launch of our latest policy book, the Aspen Strategy Group invited chapter authors and experts to discuss the themes covered in the volume. Hear their thoughts on some of the most pressing foreign policy challenges we face.


Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Pascale Bonnefoy in The New York Times: “‘An End to the Chapter of Dictatorship’: Chileans Vote to Draft a New Constitution”

Joaquin Castro in Foreign Affairs: “How to Bring American Diplomacy Back from the Brink”

Lauren Frayer on NPR: “U.S. and India Sign Military Agreement During Pompeo, Esper Trip”

Anne Gearan and Steve Hendricks in The Washington Post: “Sudan and Israel Agree to Normalize Ties, the Third Such Accord Since August”

The Guardian: “U.S. Senators Seek to Declare Uighur 'Genocide’ by China in Bipartisan Push”

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “How to Stop a War Between Armenia and Azerbaijan”

Laura Rosenberger in Foreign Affairs: “The Real Threat of Foreign Interference Comes After Election Day”


Domestic and International (Dis)Order: A Strategic Response

By the Aspen Strategy Group

Aspen Policy Books is a series of annual publications that address the most pressing foreign policy challenges facing the United States. This volume reflects the discussions that occurred during the 2020 Aspen Strategy Group Summer Workshop, a resolutely nonpartisan meeting of experts from the fields of government, academia, journalism, and business. Unlike previous editions, Domestic and International Disorder does not center on one overarching topic, but instead addresses a select set of subjects at this critical time for the United States: race, democracy, and political divisions on the American home front; the future of U.S.-China relations; the global economy; and U.S. foreign policy priorities for 2021. The foreword by ASG Co-Chairs Joseph S. Nye, Jr. and Condoleezza Rice and the preface by Executive Director Nicholas Burns and Director Anja Manuel set the context by outlining the geopolitical, economic, and civil importance of these national security challenges. Each chapter then offers a strategic view and concrete policy recommendations to stabilize the U.S. position on one of these themes.

Contributors include:

Madeleine K. Albright, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Zoë Baird, Robert D. Blackwill, Nicholas Burns, Kurt M. Campbell, Diana Farrell, Peter Feaver, Michael J. Green, Naima Green-Riley, Jane Harman, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Wolfgang Ischinger, Aditi Kumar, Anja Manuel, David McCormick, John McLaughlin, Shivshankar Menon, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., David H. Petraeus, Tom Pritzker, Condoleezza Rice, Senator Tim Scott, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Torrey Taussig, and Philip Zelikow.


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