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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 4/29/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Emmanuel Macron won a second term as President of France, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken visited Ukraine, and the U.S. and Russia carried out an unexpected prisoner swap.

Read more below.


The Aspen Strategy Group will be hosting the 13th annual Aspen Security Forum on July 19-22, 2022 in Aspen, Colorado.


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons discussed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with TVRain

Michael Green in a CSIS discussion: “Line of Advantage: Japan’s Grand Strategy in the Era of Abe Shinzō”

Kay Bailey Hutchison discussed U.S.-Russia relations on NBC

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “Does the Exit Ramp Look More Attractive to Putin Now?”

Condoleezza Rice in a Notre Dame discussion on women’s leadership, the war in Ukraine, and more

David Rubenstein interviewed the Ambassador of Poland to the U.S. Marek Magierowski for The Economic Club

David Sanger and Steven Erlanger in The New York Times: “Fears Are Mounting That Ukraine War Will Spill Across Borders”

Anne-Marie Slaughter on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: “The Long Game in Ukraine”

Robert Zoellick in Foreign Affairs: “Before the Next Shock”


Rising Leaders in the News

"Taiwan and the U.S. have built their space-related collaborations on the relationships between Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These ties between Taiwan and the U.S. remain strong..."

– ASG Rising Leader Eric Jacobs ('21) for Global Taiwan Institute: "Taiwan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Continues with Satellite Program"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Joshua Berlinger and Joseph Ataman for CNN: "Emmanuel Macron Wins France's Presidential Election"

Catherine Clifford for CNBC: "Climate Change Will Drive New Transmission of 4,000 viruses Between Mammals by 2070"

Benoit Faucon for The Wall Street Journal: "Iran Ramps Up Oil Exports as China Pulls Back on Russian Crude"

John Hudson and Sammy Westfall for The Washington Post: "U.S. Will 'Strongly Support' NATO Bids of Sweden and Finland, Blinken Says"

William Mauldin and Thomas Grove for The Wall Street Journal: "U.S. Wants to See Russia Weakened, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Says After Ukraine Visit"

Eric Tucker and Matthew Lee for AP: "Russia Releases U.S. Marine Vet in Surprise Prisoner Exchange"


Book of the Week

By Anna Reid

"Borderland tells the story of Ukraine. A thousand years ago it was the center of the first great Slav civilization, Kievan Rus. In 1240, the Mongols invaded from the east, and for the next seven centuries, Ukraine was split between warring neighbors: Lithuanians, Poles, Russians, Austrians, and Tatars. Again and again, borderland turned into battlefield: during the Cossack risings of the seventeenth century, Russia's wars with Sweden in the eighteenth, the Civil War of 1918-1920, and under Nazi occupation. Ukraine finally won independence in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Bigger than France and a populous as Britain, it has the potential to become one of the most powerful states in Europe. In this finely written and penetrating book, Anna Reid combines research and her own experiences to chart Ukraine's tragic past. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin's famine and of Nazi labor camps, she reveals the layers of myth and propaganda that wrap this divided land. From the Polish churches of Lviv to the coal mines of the Russian-speaking Donbass, from the Galician shtetlech to the Tatar shantytowns of Crimea, the book explores Ukraine's struggle to build itself a national identity, and identity that faces up to a bloody past, and embraces all the peoples within its borders."


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