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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 6/17/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the European Commission backed EU candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova, the White House formally confirmed President Biden's July trip to Saudi Arabia, and Colombians prepared for Sunday's upcoming presidential election.

Read more below.


The 13th annual Aspen Security Forum will take place July 19 to 22 in Aspen, Colorado. Stay tuned for additional speaker updates in the coming weeks.


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Stephen Biegun quoted by Chad O'Carroll and Jeongmin Kim for NK News: “North Korea Signals U.S. Policy Shift with New Pick for Foreign Minister”

Michael Froman quoted by Edlyn Cardoza for IBS Intelligence: "Mastercard to Deliver Economic Empowerment Tools and Resources to Women in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras”

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “In Ukraine, Is the Balance Tipping in Moscow’s Favor? Not Yet”

Joseph Nye in Project Syndicate: “Eight Lessons from the Ukraine War”

David Rubenstein and Vinod Khosla on Bloomberg Wealth: “U.S., China Likely to Wage 'Techno-Economic War'”

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Stephen Walt on GZERO: “What the West Is Doing Wrong in the World's Biggest Crises”

Philip Zelikow’s new book "The Road Less Traveled" was reviewed by the International Security Studies Forum

Robert Zoellick in an Aspen Economic Strategy Group discussion: “Ukraine’s Recovery and Reconstruction”


Rising Leaders in the News

Congratulations to ASG Rising Leader Nathan Dial ('22) who was awarded the Air Force Academy's Young Alumni Excellence Award which recognizes graduates for exceptional professional accomplishment in their military or civilian life.


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Brian Fung for CNN: "EU Unveils New 'Anti-Disinformation Code' to Crack Down on Fake Accounts and Falsehoods"

Dave Lawler and Barak Ravid for Axios: "White House Announces Biden Will Visit Saudi Arabia, Expects to Meet Crown Prince"

Roman Olearchyk, Victor Mallet, and Guy Chazan for the Financial Times: "European Leaders Back Ukraine's Bid to Apply for EU Membership"

Paolo Robles, Anton Troianovski, and Agnes Chang for The New York Times: "The New Geography of the Russian Elite"

Samantha Schmidt for The Washington Post: "Colombia's Historic Presidential Election: What You Need to Know"


Book of the Week

By Daniel B. Poneman

"Humanity faces two existential threats: nuclear annihilation and catastrophic climate change. Both have human origins, and both are linked to the use of nuclear energy. Inherent in the use of atomic fission is the risk that the technology and materials can be diverted to terrorists or hostile nations and used to make nuclear weapons. The key question is whether we can use nuclear energy to reduce the threat of climate change without increasing the risk that nuclear weapons will be used.

In Double Jeopardy, Daniel Poneman argues that the world needs an “all-of-the-above” energy policy, one that advances the goal of decarbonizing the environment through all available means—including nuclear power. Poneman makes a compelling case that we can enhance the ability of nuclear power to combat climate change even as we reduce the risks of nuclear terror. Doing so will require well-crafted laws and policies, implemented with an ethos of constant vigilance and embedded in a culture that weaves safety and security goals into the fabric of our nuclear programs. This will enable government and industry to work together to maximize energy and climate benefits while minimizing safety and security risks."


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