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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 5/21/21

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a cease-fire in Gaza following pressure from the international community. Today, President of South Korea Moon Jae-in will meet with President Biden in Washington and earlier this week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov for the first time. Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Madeleine Albright, Dina Powell McCormick, Nicholas Burns, and Ezinne Uzo-Okoro in a Belfer Center discussion: “Out of Many, One: The Refugee and Immigrant Stories of Secretary Madeleine Albright, Dina Powell McCormick, and Ezinne Uzo-Okoro”

Naima Green-Riley, Dominka Kruszewska-Eduardo, and Ze Fu in the Journal for Experimental Political Science: "Teargas and Selfie Cams: Foreign Protests and Media in the Digital Age"

Stephen Hadley, Charlene Barshefsky, and Kewsong Lee in a U.S. Chamber of Commerce discussion: “The China Conundrum”

Jane Harman on CNN: “Fmr Rep. Jane Harman on the Crisis in the Middle East”

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “Israel Has No Coherent Strategy for the Palestinians. The U.S. Should Push for a Reset.”

Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times: “Education Poses an Existential Threat to Extremism”

Anja Manuel in a GlobalSF discussion: "Navigating Chinese Investment, Trade, and Technology”

David McCormick and James Cunningham in The National Review: "Why America Needs Skilled Immigrants”

Condoleezza Rice speaks at Ozy Fest 2021

James Steinberg in The National Interest: “Brace Yourself for the Outcome of Biden’s China Policy Review”

Dan Sullivan on Fox Business: “We Have to Stop Being the World's Cyber Punching Bag”

Lawrence Summers addresses the Institute of International and European Affairs: “The U.S. and the Global Economy”


ASG Rising Leaders in the News

“The mass uprisings of 2011 and then again in 2019 sent shockwaves across MENA. The demonstrations broke the taboo surrounding popular protests and triggered an irreversible shift in the political imagination of young women and men.”

ASG Rising Leader Philippe Nassif recently testified in Congress on the state of human rights in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Read his written testimony on behalf of Amnesty International USA here.


Tweet of the Week


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Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Charlie Campbell for TIME: “Here's What to Know About the Summit Between Joe Biden and Moon Jae-in”

Ryan Dube in The Wall Street Journal: “Chile Elects Left-Leaning Assembly to Replace Dictatorship-Era Constitution

European Investment Bank: “Ghana: President Akufo Addo Welcomes EUR 170 million EIB Support for New National Development Bank of Ghana”

Luke Harding in The Guardian: “Kremlin Hails ‘Positive Steps’ in U.S. Ties as Biden Waives Pipeline Sanctions”

Ro Khanna in Foreign Affairs: “Why America Must Do More to Help India”

Mehul Srivastava, Simeon Kerr, and Andrew England in Financial Times: “Israel and Hamas Agree A Ceasefire After 11 Days of Fighting”

Alex Ward for Vox: “Why Isn’t Biden Pushing Israel Harder?”

Alana Wise for NPR: “U.S. To Ship 20 Million Additional COVID Vaccine Doses Overseas”


Book of the Week

By Jane Harman

An insider's account of America's ineffectual approach to some of the hardest defense and intelligence issues in the three decades since the Cold War ended.

“Insanity can be defined as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. As a nation, America has cycled through the same defense and intelligence issues since the end of the Cold War. In Insanity Defense, Congresswoman Jane Harman chronicles how four administrations have failed to confront some of the toughest national security policy issues and suggests achievable fixes that can move us toward a safer future.”


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