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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 10/8/21

This week, President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping agreed to meet for a virtual summit by the end of the year, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a Senate subcommittee, and the Pandora Papers revealed the offshore hidden wealth of some of the world's most powerful people. Read more below.


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This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Dianne Feinstein co-sponsored the bipartisan Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act

Robert Gates’ President’s Leadership Forum keynote address at Whitworth University featured in The Spokesman-Review

Susan Glasser in The New Yorker: “The Democratic Civil War Has a Winner: Donald Trump”

Michael Green and Anja Manuel interviewed by Greg Myre for NPR: "Long Promised and Often Delayed, the 'Pivot to Asia' Takes Shape Under Biden"

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “How Regional Realignments Are Helping Depressurize the Middle East”

Anja Manuel quoted by Mark Magnier and Finbarr Bermingham for SCMP: "U.S., EU Meet to Forge Trade and Tech Alliance to Reduce Dependence on China"

David McCormick and Jared Cohen in National Affairs: "Federalism and American Power"

Joseph Nye in Project Syndicate: “The China Sleepwalking Syndrome”

Dina Powell McCormick’s conversation with HE Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak at the Business Council for International Understanding featured in Yahoo News

William Perry in The Wall Street Journal: "One Man Shouldn't Control the Nuclear Button"

David Sanger in The New York Times: "Biden and Xi Jinping of China Agree to Hold a Virtual Summit"

Anne-Marie Slaughter in Project Syndicate: “America Needs to Be Honest”


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

DW: "German Election: SPD, Greens, and FDP Hold First 3-Way Talks to Explore Possible Coalition"

Helen Davidson in The Guardian: “China Could Mount Full Scale Invasion of Taiwan By 2025, Island’s Defence Minister Says”

Megan Lamberth and Martijn Rasser in Politico: "The Neglected Agency at the Center of Biden's China Strategy"

John D. McKinnon and Ryan Tracy in The Wall Street Journal: “Facebook Whistleblower’s Testimony Builds Momentum for Tougher Tech Laws”

Peter Whoriskey and Agustin Armendariz in The Washington Post: “Pandora Papers Secret Trove Illuminates the Lives of Billionaires


Book of the Week

By Elbridge Colby “Elbridge A. Colby was the lead architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, the most significant revision of U.S. defense strategy in a generation. Here he lays out how America’s defense must change to address China’s growing power and ambition. Based firmly in the realist tradition but deeply engaged in current policy, this book offers a clear framework for what America’s goals in confronting China must be, how its military strategy must change, and how it must prioritize these goals over its lesser interests.

The most informed and in‑depth reappraisal of America’s defense strategy in decades, this book outlines a rigorous but practical approach, showing how the United States can prepare to win a war with China that we cannot afford to lose—precisely in order to deter that war from happening.”


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