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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 5/13/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Finland's leadership announced their intent to apply for NATO membership in the coming days, astronomers discovered a black hole in the Milky Way Galaxy that is four times larger than the sun, North Korea reported its first case of COVID-19 in the country, and the war in Ukraine continues to drive food prices up across the world.

Read more below.



This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Michèle Flournoy and Jane Harman discussed great power competition at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference

Michael Green in a CSIS discussion with Rahm Emanuel and Tomita Koji: “Strengthening the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Perspective from Two Ambassadors”

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “An Unlikely Peace Process Takes Shape in Armenia. Could It Help Ukraine?”

Anja Manuel and Michèle Flournoy signed a bipartisan letter on U.S. STEM immigration policy

David Petraeus spoke with DW News about the war in Ukraine

David Sanger and Kate Conger in The New York Times: “Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds”

Anne-Marie Slaughter discussed the war in Ukraine on Government Matters

Dan Sullivan questioned intelligence officials about U.S. energy production in a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting

Lawrence Summers on Bloomberg TV: “Wage Slowdown May Be Positive Sign in Tight U.S. Job Market, Summers Says”

Frances Townsend was profiled by Marc Berman for Programming Insider


Rising Leaders in the News

“There is definitely a palpable anger that is in the air, and it is going to be interesting to see how that translates in terms of voting.”

– ASG Rising Leader Philippe Nassif ('21) speaking at the Middle East Institute's event, "Lebanese Elections Part 1: The Countdown"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Nicholas Bariyo for The Wall Street Journal: "In Congo, China Hits Roadblock in Global Race for Cobalt"

Seth Borenstein for AP News: "Astronomers Capture 1st Image of Milky Way's Huge Black Hole"

Philip Bump for The Washington Post: "How the Addition of Finland and Sweden Would Change NATO"

Ben Hubbard for The New York Times: "Sheikh Khalifa, U.A.E. Ruler, Is Dead at 73"

Justin McCurry for The Guardian: "North Korea Says Six Dead After Admitting COVID Outbreak for First Time"

Ehsan Popalzai and Irene Nasser for CNN: "Taliban Decree Orders Women in Afghanistan to Cover Their Faces"

Oliver Telling, Benjamin Parkin and Emino Terazono for Financial Times: "Food Protectionism Fuels Global Inflation and Hunger"


Book of the Week

By Ian Bremmer

"In this revelatory, unnerving, and ultimately hopeful book, Bremmer details how domestic and international conflicts leave us unprepared for a trio of looming crises—global health emergencies, transformative climate change, and the AI revolution. Today, Americans cannot reach consensus on any significant political issue, and U.S. and Chinese leaders behave as if they’re locked in a new Cold War. We are squandering opportunities to meet the challenges that will soon confront us all...

Drawing on strategies both time-honored and cutting-edge, from the Marshall Plan to the Green New Deal, The Power of Crisis provides a roadmap for surviving—even thriving in—the 21st century. Bremmer shows governments, corporations, and every concerned citizen how we can use these coming crises to create the worldwide prosperity and opportunity that 20th-century globalism promised but failed to deliver"


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