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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 3/25/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the first woman to be U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, passed away, President Biden visited Europe as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continued, and NATO announced it is doubling its military presence near Ukraine.

Read more below.


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Robert Blackwill on Bloomberg's Surveillance Podcast: “U.S.-China Talks with Blackwill”

Michael Green on a CSIS panel: “Ukraine and Taiwan: Parallels and Early Lessons Learned”

Jane Harman and James Jeffrey in The Hill: “The UN Has Been AWOL on Ukraine — Let's Have It Do a Peacekeeping Mission”

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “Madeleine Albright Shaped a Generation of Foreign Policy Leaders”

Meghan O’Sullivan and Jason Bordoff in The Economist: “On Maintaining Energy Supply While Still Hitting Climate-Change Goals”

David Petraeus on CNN: “Retired Gen. Petraeus Explains How Ukrainians Are Taking Out Russian Generals”

David Sanger, Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper, and Julian E. Barnes in The New York Times: “U.S. Makes Contingency Plans in Case Russia Uses Its Most Powerful Weapons”

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Alberto Rodriguez Alvarez in Project Syndicate: “The Digital Government Agenda North America Needs”


Rising Leaders in the News

"Today, the assessment that a major cyber attack poses a threat to financial stability is axiomatic – not a question of if, but when."

–ASG Rising Leader Arthur Nelson ('22) with Tim Maurer for CNN Business Perspectives: "We Must Defend Against the Cyber Threats Facing Our Global Financial Systems"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Diane Bartz for Reuters: "Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State and Feminist Icon, Dies at 84"

Stephen Collinson for CNN: "The Post-War Era is Over. Biden's Europe Trip Will Shape What Comes Next"

Jordan Fabian, Josh Wingrove, and Ewa Krukowska in Bloomberg: "U.S., EU Reach LNG Supply Deal to Cut Dependence on Russia"

Missy Ryan, Ellen Nakashima, Michael Birnbaum, and David L. Stern for The Washington Post: "Outmatched in Military Might, Ukraine has Excelled in the Information War"

Demetri Sevastopulo for Financial Times: "China Threat to Taiwan Highlighted by Ukraine War, Warns U.S. Admiral"

Matina Stevis-Gridneff for The New York Times: "NATO Doubles its Battlegroups in Eastern Europe Ahead of Multiple Summits"

Weronika Strzyzynska and Akhtar Mohammad Makoii for The Guardian: "'Is it a Crime to Study?': Outcry as Taliban Bar Girls from Secondary Schools"


Book of the Week

By the Aspen Strategy Group Rising Leaders Class of 2021

"The Aspen Strategy Group is proud to announce the release of On the Rise: Perspectives on Foreign Policy, the capstone project of the inaugural class of our Rising Leaders Program. The Rising Leaders Program fosters the development of young foreign policy leaders, encouraging them to work together on complex global challenges. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and political affiliations, all Rising Leaders have one thing in common—their passion for national security and foreign policy.

Through the year-long program, participants exchange ideas on critical foreign policy issues with key decision makers—and each other—under the aegis of the Aspen Strategy Group. This publication is the product of these vital conversations and presents the Rising Leaders’ perspectives on key challenges in U.S. foreign policy and national security."

Contributors include:

Eric A. Lindsey, Matthew P. Stevens, Jack J. Hanley, Paul Bezerra, Erik Jacobs, Helen Toner, Rachel Myrick, Catherine Eng, Zoe Weinberg, Alyza Sebenius, Brittany Carter, James Di Pane, Joshua Wofford, and Mari Manoogian.

More contributions to come.


Secretary Albright was an exceptional diplomat and generous mentor: a force of intellect, a force of nature, and always a force for good.

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