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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 12/3/21

This week, the meeting of the NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs convened in Riga amidst tensions related to the buildup of Russian troops along the Ukraine border, the Iran nuclear deal talks restarted in Vienna, and Honduras elected its first female president.

Read more below.


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons discussed the situation in Ethiopia on CNN

Michael Green, Nicholas Szechenyi, and Hannah Fodale co-authored a CSIS report: "Enhancing Democratic Partnership in the Indo-Pacific Region"

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “Why the CIA Is So Worried About Russia and Ukraine”

Joseph Nye in Project Syndicate: "Our AI Odyssey"

Meghan O'Sullivan and Jason Bordoff in Foreign Affairs: "Green Upheaval: The New Geopolitics of Energy"

Condoleezza Rice in a Stanford Graduate School of Business discussion: “Interconnected: Work in the Global Economy”

David Sanger and William Broad in The New York Times: “As China Speeds Up Nuclear Arms Race, the U.S. Wants to Talk”

Anne-Marie Slaughter in Project Syndicate: “Reimagining Care”

Dan Sullivan introduced the Arctic Focus Act

Frances Townsend for Military Times: “Working With Innovators Will Help Bolster America’s Tech Edge”


Rising Leaders in the News

“After my Fulbright, I joined the United States Foreign Service and became an American diplomat, which empowered me to advocate for the rights of political prisoners in Venezuela, support the establishment of a Libyan unity government, and strengthen ties with our southern neighbor Mexico.”

ASG Rising Leader Hammad Hammad spoke about his Fulbright experience at the program's 75th anniversary celebration at the Kennedy Center. Watch his full remarks here.


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Anatoly Antanov and Qin Gang in The National Interest: "Russian and Chinese Ambassadors: Respecting People's Democratic Rights"

The Economist: "As Nuclear Talks Resume, Iran Is Rattled by Protests Over Water”

Toomas Hendrik Ilves and David Kramer for Politico: "In the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Standing Up to Putin Is Our Only Credible Option"

Missy Ryan and Isabelle Khurshudyan for The Washington Post: "Top U.S., Russian Diplomats Trade Blame in Talks Over Ukraine"

Christopher Sherman and Marlon Gonzalez for AP News: "Leftist Wins Honduran Presidential Vote After Rival Concedes"

Barbara Walter, Lise Morjé Howard, and V. Page Fortna for Foreign Affairs: "The Astonishing Success of Peacekeeping"


Partner Content

By Dr. Anne Pritchett

"We have to avoid nationalist, protectionist policies that would create inequities, leaving parts of the world substantially under-vaccinated, and limit our ability to slow COVID-19 infections around the globe."

Read PhRMA's Senior Vice President of Policy and Research, Dr. Anne Pritchett's piece on how the biopharmaceutical industry is ensuring equitable global vaccine distribution.


Book of the Week

By Masha Gessen

"The essential journalist and best-selling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen's understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own - as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.

Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time."


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