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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 6/11/21

This week, President Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson affirmed a "new Atlantic Charter," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited the White House ahead of next week's NATO Summit, and the G7 meeting begins today in Cornwall. Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Madeleine Albright was named a co-chair of the North and Central American Task Force on Migration

Zoë Baird, Marc Morial, and Brad Smith on CNBC: “How the Federal Government Can Help Create the Good Jobs Workers Want”

Chris Brose discussed his book “The Kill Chain” with Nicholas Rasmussen at the McCain Institute

Chris Coons, Dan Sullivan, and Tammy Duckworth’s trip to Taiwan was covered by The Washington Post: “U.S. Senators Promise Vaccines for Taiwan Amid China Row”

Peter Feaver and Jim Golby in The Washington Post: “Former Military Leaders Criticized the Election and the Administration. That Hurts the Military’s Reputation.”

Susan Glasser et al joined the Brussels Sprouts podcast as part of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference

William Perry signed an open letter on nuclear policy: "An Appeal to Presidents Biden and Putin on the Occasion of Their Summit Meeting”

Condoleezza Rice discussed U.S.-China relations, cybersecurity, and the pandemic on Face the Nation

David Sanger, Marc Santora, and Michael D. Shear in The New York Times: “Biden and Johnson Renew a World War II Accord, Pledging to Unite Against New Challenges.”

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Kazumi Hoshino-Macdonald in Project Syndicate: “Making America Global Again”

Lawrence H. Summers, Timothy F. Geithner, Jacob J. Lew, Henry M. Paulson Jr., and Robert E. Rubin in The New York Times: “We Ran the Treasury Department. This Is How to Fix Tax Evasion.”


ASG Rising Leaders in the News

“Democrats and Republicans seem to agree about one foreign policy point: getting tough on China. But research suggests that U.S. concerns about a rising China won’t bring Democrats and Republicans closer together.”

Read ASG Rising Leader Rachel Myrick’s piece on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.


Tweet of the Week


Special Edition: Biden's First Foreign Policy Trip

Put His Visit in Context with Past ASF Discussions


Biden's Visit to the UK


Biden broached Northern Ireland with Prime Minister Johnson


G7 Summit: China will be on the agenda and South Korea, India, and Australia have been invited to join.


NATO Summit: Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg visited the White House on Monday ahead of next week’s NATO Summit.


U.S.-EU Summit


Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Joe Biden in The Washington Post: “Joe Biden: My Trip to Europe Is About America Rallying the World’s Democracies”

Munich Security Conference report: “Between States of Matter: Competition and Cooperation”

Mark Scott and Jacopo Barigazzi in Politico: “U.S. and Europe to Forge Tech Alliance Amid China’s Rise”

Rebecca Shabad and Alexander Smith for NBC News: “Biden, Johnson Sign New Atlantic Charter on Trade, Defense Amid Covid Recovery”

Raj Shah in Foreign Affairs: “COVID’s Haves and Have-Nots”

Marlise Simons and Marc Santora in The New York Times: “Ratko Mladic Loses Final Appeal in Genocide Conviction”

Torrey Taussig on Social Europe: “Defending Democratic Values”


Book of the Week

By Peter Ricketts

"After decades of peace and prosperity, the international order put in place after World War II is rapidly coming to an end. Disastrous foreign wars, global recession, the meteoric rise of China and India and the COVID pandemic have undermined the power of the West's international institutions and unleashed the forces of nationalism and protectionism. In this lucid and groundbreaking analysis, one of Britain's most experienced senior diplomats highlights the key dilemmas Britain faces, from trade to security, arguing that international co-operation and solidarity are the surest ways to prosper in a world more dangerous than ever."


In Case You Missed It

The View from Accra:

A Live Conversation with the President of Ghana


Nana Akufo-Addo

President of the Republic and

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ghana

In conversation with

Jendayi Frazer

Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow, the Hoover Institution;

former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Introduced by

Anja Manuel

Director, Aspen Strategy Group and

Co-Founder and Principal, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC


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