The ASG Weekly Leaf: 2/11/22
This week, negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal continued in Vienna, Moscow deployed 30,000 troops to Belarus amidst fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, and high-stakes state elections commenced in India.
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This Week’s Content Highlights
Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members
Chris Brose interviewed by Marcus Weisgerber for Defense One: "Anduril Buys Robotic Submarine Maker Dive Technologies"
Elizabeth Economy interviewed by Bonnie S. Glaser on The German Marshall Fund's China Global Podcast: "China's Vision for the International System"
Michèle Flournoy in a Center for a New American Security event: "The World in 2022"
Susan Glasser interviewed by Martha Raddatz on ABC News’ "This Week"
Steve Hadley and Susan Glasser with Kevin Rudd in an Atlantic Council and Asia Society event: "A New China-Russia 'Alliance'?"
Anja Manuel on NPR: "As the Olympics Open, China Seeks the Limelight But Warns Against Criticism"
Joseph Nye in ASPI’s The Strategist: "Does Biden’s Russia Policy Need a Bigger Dose of Realism?"
Meghan O’Sullivan interviewed by Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC: "Russian Use of ‘Oil as a Weapon’ Would Impact the U.S."
David Sanger and Helene Cooper in The New York Times: "U.S. Warns of Grim Toll if Putin Pursues Full Invasion of Ukraine"
Dan Sullivan interviewed by Peter Zampa for Gray Television Washington News Bureau: "Alaska Senator Hopes U.S., Allies Can Help Prevent 'Biggest Invasion Since World War II'"
Lawrence H. Summers in The Washington Post: "On Inflation, We Can Learn From the Mistakes of the Past — or Repeat Them"
Tweet of the Week
Things to Know
Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions
Nafisa Eltahir in Reuters: "Protesters Take to Sudan's Streets Again, Decrying Coup and Arrests"
Zoltán Fehér profiles Joseph Nye: "Joseph Nye 85: From Integration Theory to Complex Interdependence to Soft Power"
Evan Gershkovich in The Wall Street Journal: “Russia’s Massive Military Drills on Ukraine Border Stir Invasion Fears”
Hari Kumar and Emily Schmall in The New York Times: "A Bellwether for Narendra Modi as India’s Largest State Goes to the Polls"
Shibani Mahtani and Theodora Yu in The Washington Post: "Hong Kong’s ‘Zero-Covid’ Policy Buckles Under the Onslaught of Omicron — But Authorities Won’t Let It Go"
Simone McCarthy, Selina Wang, and Sandi Sidhu in CNN: "As the Olympics Heat Up, China Clamps Down on Dissent"
Natasha Turak in CNBC: "Iran Nuclear Talks Restart as Critical Time Pressure and Distrust Builds"
Book of the Week
By Alice C. Hill
"The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our world on a scale beyond living memory, taking millions of lives and leading to a lockdown of communities worldwide. A pandemic, much like climate change, acts as a threat multiplier, increasing vulnerability to harm, economic impoverishment, and the breakdown of social systems. Even more concerning, communities severely impacted by the coronavirus still remain vulnerable to other types of hazards, such as those brought by accelerating climate change. The catastrophic risks of pandemics and climate change carry deep uncertainty as to when they will occur, how they will unfold, and how much damage they will do. The most important question is how we can face these risks to minimize them most. The Fight for Climate after COVID-19 draws on the troubled and uneven COVID-19 experience to illustrate the critical need to ramp up resilience rapidly and effectively on a global scale. After years of working alongside public health and resilience experts crafting policy to build both pandemic and climate change preparedness, Alice C. Hill exposes parallels between the underutilized measures that governments should have taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 — such as early action, cross-border planning, and bolstering emergency preparation — and the steps leaders can take now to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Through practical analyses of current policy and thoughtful guidance for successful climate adaptation, The Fight for Climate after COVID-19 reveals that, just as our society has transformed itself to meet the challenge of coronavirus, so too will we need to adapt our thinking and our policies to combat the ever-increasing threat of climate change."
HP and Aspen Institute Announce Accelerator to Drive Global Digital Equity Solutions
HP Inc. and the Aspen Institute on Monday announced a new global initiative to accelerate digital equity. Led by the Aspen Digital program, the Digital Equity Accelerator will support participating nonprofits in scaling their innovative approaches to help meet the needs of underserved communities affected by the digital divide.
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