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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 11/13/20

Vote 2020

In the news this week, Joe Biden was projected as the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, America continues to see record levels of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, and a promising vaccine has been announced by Pfizer. Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Zoë Baird, Raphael Bostic, and Marc Morial on LinkedIn: “This Recovery Will Be Measured By Whether It Creates Greater Equity”

Nicholas Burns in University of Washington discussion: “The Crisis in Transatlantic Relations and Other Global Challenges”

Michèle Flournoy in CNN Opinion: “Key Player in War on Climate Change? The Pentagon”

Michael Green on the Institute of World Politics lecture series: “An Assessment of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy”

Anja Manuel in Los Angeles World Affairs Council discussion: “How to Win the Tech Race with China: Anja Manuel and Alex Wang”

Susan Rice on CNN: “‘It Brings Tears to My Eyes': Susan Rice on Harris' Historic Win”

Anne-Marie Slaughter on the Bertelsmann Foundation's How to Fix Democracy

Robert Zoellick in Financial Times: "Americans Are Still Internationalists at Heart"


Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Alfredo Corchado in The Dallas Morning News: "Mexico's President Is Off to a Rocky Start with Biden"

Carolyn Johnson in The Washington Post: "Pfizer’s Coronavirus Vaccine Is More than 90 percent Effective in First Analysis, Company Reports"

Jorge Ortiz, John Bacon, and Jessica Flores in USA Today: “Coronavirus Updates: U.S. Sets Single-Day Case Record As Hospitalizations Reach All-Time High; New York, Ohio, Indiana Tighten Restrictions”

Tamara Qiblawi on CNN: “The UAE Takes Steps Towards Modernization by Decriminalizing Alcohol and Suicide”

Sinan Ulgen on Bloomberg: "Turkey Has the Chance to Do Things Differently on Its Economy"


Upcoming Events

The View from Berlin: A Conversation with Germany's Minister of Health

Featuring Jens Spahn

Federal Minister of Health, Germany

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

Germany's response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic propelled Berlin into a global leadership role, with many nations emulating its testing and transparent messaging strategies. But after a string of early domestic and international successesincluding the re-opening of businesses and schools and Berlin's key negotiating role in the EU's historic relief agreementGermany has gone back into lockdown amidst a second wave of rising infection caseloads. As the second wave of the coronavirus rolls over Europe, Jens Spahn, Minister of Health of Germany, joins the Aspen Security Forum to discuss key questions about the pandemic .


Book of the Week

By Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter—one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers from 2009 to 2012, and the first woman to serve as director of the State Department Office of Policy Planning—applies network theory to develop a new set of strategies for the post-Cold War world. While chessboard-style competitive relationships still exist—U.S.-Iranian relations, for example—many other situations demand that we look not at individual entities but at their links to one another. We must learn to understand, shape, and build on those connections.

Concise and accessible, based on real-world situations, on a lucid understanding of network science, and on a clear taxonomy of strategies, this will be a go-to resource for anyone looking for a new way to think about strategy in politics or business.



Perfect Tools, Perfect Weapons: The Rise and Future of Digital Technologies

In this discussion, The Perfect Weapon author David Sanger and documentary filmmaker John Maggio join the Aspen Security Forum to examine critical questions around the world’s past, present, and future relationship with technology.


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