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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 10/30/21

Updated: Nov 30, 2021


The 12th Annual Aspen Security Forum

November 2-4 | Washington, D.C.


Sessions Include

A Conversation with Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice

Former U.S. Secretary of State


Moderated by Margaret Brennan

Host, Face the Nation, CBS News



Building a More Resilient Global Supply Chain

Elissa Slotkin

Representative for Michigan's 8th Congressional District


Michael McCaul

Representative for Texas' 10th Congressional District


Bruce Andrews

Corporate VP and Chief Government Affairs Officer, Intel


Chester "Chip" Davis, Jr.

President and CEO, Healthcare Distribution Alliance


Moderated by Anja Manuel

Director, Aspen Strategy Group


A Conversation with Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security


Moderated by David Sanger

White House and National Security Correspondent,

The New York Times


...and many more.

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This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Madeleine Albright in Foreign Affairs: “The Coming Democratic Revival”


Nicholas Burns’ statement before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


Chris Coons on Fox News: “Coons Vows Biden Won't Attend Glasgow Climate Conference 'Empty-Handed'”


David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “The State Department Gets Serious About The Global Technology Race”


Anja Manuel quoted by NBC News: “Biden Carries Trump's Hard Line Toward Beijing to Coming Summits”


Penny Pritzker and Wally Adeyemo on Yahoo Finance: "How the U.S. Can Finally Close the Cyber Workforce Gap"


David Sanger in The New York Times: “Ignoring Sanctions, Russia Renews Broad Cybersurveillance Operation”


Dan Sullivan spoke at the International Republican Institute’s 2021 Freedom Award Celebration


David Rubenstein interviewed General Mark MIlley for The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations

Rising Leaders in the News


"It is up to policymakers in Washington, Tokyo, Canberra, and Delhi to deliver tangible results for the future on critical issues, including standards setting, 5G, AI, QIS, and the role of technology in free societies."


Read ASG Rising Leader Erik Jacobs' latest piece on Japan Forward, "Quad Initiatives Must Ensure Totalitarian Tech Does Not Dominate Next-Gen Standards."

Tweet of the Week

Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions


Sadanand Dhume in The Wall Street Journal: “India Bets Big on Free-Market Reform”


Georgi Kantchev and Stu Woo in The Wall Street Journal: “Taiwan Gains Favor in Europe’s East, Angering China”


Nick Schifrin interviews Zalmay Khalilzad for PBS NewsHour: "Former U.S. Diplomat Who Spent Decades Working on Afghanistan Discusses Deal with Taliban"


Elissa Slotkin on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson: “After Cuts to Federal Spending Plan, Slotkin Says She’s Focused on Broadband, EV Infrastructure”


Gayle Smith on NPR’s Morning Edition: “Biden Balances Vaccinating Americans and Donating Vaccines Globally”

Book of the Week

Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from Our Culture of Contempt


By Arthur Brooks


“Battered by partisan rancor and caustic public discourse, America is tearing at the seams. Across the political spectrum, we are told by divisive leaders that our ideological opponents are worthless. And as both history and leading social science show, the consequences of this growing culture of contempt are calamitous and lasting. Without a solution, this will destroy America from within….


Deeply moral and empirically grounded, Love Your Enemies is a prediction of the future, an appeal to America's better angels, and a roadmap to political victory. Further, Brooks' work reveals in a very practical way how each of us can be a force for unity--in our families, in our communities, and in a country desperate to free itself from the culture of contempt.”

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