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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 2/26/21

In the news this week, President Biden's remarks at the Munich Security Conference last Friday sought to reassure the world that 'America is back,' the U.S. formally rejoined the Paris Climate Accords, and Ghana became the first country to receive vaccines from COVAX. Read more below.

This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Madeleine Albright profiles Jake Sullivan for TIME’s 100 Next List


Nicholas Burns in Foreign Affairs: “The Diplomat as Gardener: What George Shultz Understood about American Power”


Anja Manuel in The Wire China: “Anja Manuel on Why the U.S. Needs to Play Offense”


David McCormick in Fortune Magazine: “America Needs Smart Immigration Reforms to Win the Race for Global Talent”


Joseph Nye on Harvard Kennedy School’s The Dive podcast: “What Do We Do About China?”


William Perry in a Perry World House discussion: “Worst-Case Scenarios: Thermonuclear War”


David Sanger, Steven Erlanger, and Roger Cohen in The New York Times: “Biden Tells Allies ‘America Is Back,’ But Macron and Merkel Push Back”


Dan Sullivan, Robert Zoellick, Peter Madigan and Daniel Twiningin an International Republican Institute discussion


Frances Townsend co-chairs an American Edge Project: National Security Policy report

Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions


Hannah Beech in The New York Times: “Myanmar’s Protests are Growing, Defying Threats and Snipers”


Natasha Bertrand in Politico: “Biden Readies His First Major Penalties on Russia”


Bill Chappell for NPR: “Ghana Becomes First Country to Get COVAX Vaccine Doses”


David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “Biden’s Move on Iran: No Breakthrough But Worth Trying”


Josh Lederman on NBC: “U.S. Rejoins Paris Climate Agreement. Now Comes the Daunting Part.”


Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky in Politico: “How Biden Will End the Trump Sugar High for Israel and Saudi Arabia”


Gaia Pianigiani and Megan Specia in The New York Times: “Italian Ambassador Among Three Killed in Attack on U.N. Convoy in Congo”


Dov Zakheim in The National Interest: “Why Did Biden Finally Call Netanyahu?”

Book of the Week


The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III

By Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

“From two of America's most revered political journalists comes the definitive biography of legendary White House chief of staff and secretary of state James A. Baker III: the man who ran Washington when Washington ran the world.


For a quarter-century, from the end of Watergate to the aftermath of the Cold War, no Republican won the presidency without his help or ran the White House without his advice. James Addison Baker III was the indispensable man for four presidents because he understood better than anyone how to make Washington work at a time when America was shaping events around the world. The Man Who Ran Washington is a page-turning portrait of a power broker who influenced America's destiny for generations.”


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