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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 4/8/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Ukrainian President Zelensky addressed the U.N. and showed graphic footage of the Russian assault, President Biden called for a war crimes trial for President Putin after images from Bucha surfaced, and the U.N. released a report on climate change, warning that humankind must act now or face irreversible consequences.

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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

Michèle Flournoy interviewed by Business Insider: “CEOs Couldn't Afford to Stay Quiet on Ukraine, and They Won't Be Able to Stay Quiet on Other Global Issues Either, Top Advisor Says”

Michael Green moderated a CSIS discussion: “Strategic Japan 2022: Competition in New Domains”

Kay Bailey Hutchison discussed Ukraine and the future of NATO in an interview with The Texas Tribune

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “Has Putin’s Brutality Finally Hit a Wall in Ukraine?”

Joseph Nye in Project Syndicate: “Why China Won’t Mediate an End to the Ukraine War”

David Petraeus interviewed by Fox News: “Sending Switchblade Drone Munitions to Ukraine Would Be 'Game-Changer'”

David Sanger and Kate Conger in The New York Times: “U.S. Says It Secretly Removed Malware Worldwide, Pre-empting Russian Cyberattacks”

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Alberto Rodriguez Alvarez in ASPI’s The Strategist: “The Digital Government Agenda North America Needs”

Dan Sullivan discussed the war in Ukraine on Fox Business

Lawrence Summers in The Washington Post: “My Inflation Warnings Have Spurred Questions. Here Are My Answers.”


Rising Leaders in the News

"As tempting as it may be to celebrate the fighting spirit of the Ukrainians, the impressive unity of the West and the military failures of the Russians, it’s critical to realize that as the war progresses, transforms or ends, the West’s cohesion will be tested far more than it already has been."

–ASG Rising Leader Mary Brooks ('22) for The R Street Institute: "Uniting the West Against Putin's Russia Has Succeeded Beyond Expectation. But What Comes Next Won't Be Any Easier"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Evan Bush for NBC News: "U.N. Report Outlines Possible Solutions for Climate Change and Its Societal Impact"

Morgan Chalfant for The Hill: "Biden Decries 'Major War Crimes' in Ukraine"

Clare Foran, Ted Barrett, and Ali Zaslav for CNN: "Senate Confirms Kentaji Brown Jackson to Be First Black Woman to Sit on Supreme Court"

Ellen Nakashima for The Washington Post: "U.S. Government and Energy Firms Close Ranks, Fearing Russian Cyberattacks"

Valentina Pop, Sam Fleming, and James Politi for Financial Times: "Weaponization of Finance: How the West Unleashed 'Shock and Awe' on Russia"

Dan Sabbagh and Daniel Hurst for The Guardian: "AUKUS Pact Extended to Development of Hypersonic Weapons"

Ivana Saric for Axios: "Zelensky Tells U.N. 'It's Time to Transform' Its System"


Book of the Week

"The 21st century has brought a powerful tide of geopolitical, economic, and democratic shocks. Their fallout has led central banks to create over $25 trillion of new money, brought about a new age of geopolitical competition, destabilized the Middle East, ruptured the European Union, and exposed old political fault lines in the United States.

Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century is a long history of this present political moment. It recounts three histories - one about geopolitics, one about the world economy, and one about western democracies - and explains how in the years of political disorder prior to the pandemic the disruption in each became one big story. It shows how much of this turbulence originated in problems generated by fossil-fuel energies, and it explains why as the green transition takes place the long-standing predicaments energy invariably shapes will remain in place."


Program Assistant

The Program Assistant is a critical position that will provide high-quality support for the ASG across all its efforts. The ideal candidate is a multi-talented, early career- professional who is interested in and knowledgeable about U.S. foreign policy, national security, and international affairs; has a passion for handling a wide range of administrative, communications, operational, and logistical tasks; is creative, enterprising, and eager to learn on the job; is excited about balancing multiple, often simultaneous, activities; and has extremely high standards for the quality of their work.

Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow

Named in honor of ASG Chair Emeritus Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, the fellowship program provides the first stepping-stone for young professionals with an interest in U.S. foreign policy to forge careers inspired by General Scowcroft’s expertise and ethos of service. Scowcroft Fellows typically join the ASG team for a period of 6 months, during which time they are encouraged to develop practical skills and build knowledge in the field of foreign policy and national security. Applications are now open for this temporary, full-time, paid position.


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