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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 3/26/21

In the news this week, NATO held a Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Brussels, the U.S., EU, UK, and Canada announced joint sanctions on China over human rights abuses, and Israel held its fourth parliamentary elections in two years. Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Madeleine Albright on CNN'S Politically Sound podcast: "Women Have to Interrupt"

Robert Blackwill and Philip Zelikow on CFR’s On the Record podcast

Nicholas Burns on CNN: “Burns: Finally, the U.S. Is Standing Up for Itself”

Joseph Nye interviewed by Foreign Affairs: "How I Got Here"

Condoleezza Rice in The Wall Street Journal: “Condoleezza Rice on the Pandemic Year: The Inequalities of American Work”

David Sanger in The New York Times: “That Was Fast: Blowups With China and Russia in Biden’s First 60 Days”

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Helene Gayle, and Gordon LaForge in Foreign Affairs: "America Can–and Should–Vaccinate the World”

Dan Sullivan in an Atlantic Council discussion


Tweet of the Week


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Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

AP News: “China, Russia Officials Meet in Show of Unity Against EU, U.S.”

BBC News: “Israel Election: PM Netanyahu Short of Majority as Vote Count Ends”

Steven Erlanger in The New York Times: “Blinken’s Welcome by NATO Doesn’t Hide Differences on Key Issues”

Jacob Fromer in South China Morning Post: “U.S. Envoy John Kerry Takes Part in Climate Change Summit Co-Hosted by China”

Naomi O'Leary in The Irish Times: "Biden Is Guest of Honour at EU Summit, Signalling a Transatlantic Reset"

Meghan O’Sullivan in Bloomberg Opinion: “There’s No Hurry for Biden to Re-Enter the Iran Nuclear Deal”

Sudhi Ranjan Sen in Bloomberg Politics: “Secret India-Pakistan Peace Roadmap Brokered by Top UAE Royals”

Nahal Toosi in Politico: “U.S., Allies Announce Sanctions on China over Uyghur ‘Genocide’”


Book of the Week

Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power

By Meghan O'Sullivan

"Windfall describes how new energy realities have profoundly affected the world of international relations and security. New technologies led to oversupplied oil markets and an emerging natural gas glut. This did more than drive down prices—it changed the structure of markets and altered the way many countries wield power and influence.

America’s new energy prowess has global implications. It transforms politics in Russia, Europe, China, and the Middle East. O’Sullivan considers the landscape, offering insights and presenting consequences for each region’s domestic stability as energy abundance upends traditional partnerships, creating opportunities for cooperation.

The advantages of this new abundance are greater than its downside for the U.S.: it strengthens American hard and soft power. This is 'a powerful argument for how America should capitalize on the "New Energy Abundance"' (The Financial Times) and an explanation of how new energy realities create a strategic environment to America’s advantage."


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