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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 6/24/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Ukraine and Moldova were granted candidate status by the EU, President Emmanuel Macron lost his parliamentary majority, Afghanistan reeled from a major earthquake that left over 1,000 dead, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey.

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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

Chris Coons, Rob Portman, Jeanne Shaheen, Chuck Grassley, and Chris Murphy signed a bipartisan statement in support of the Three Seas Initiative

Dianne Feinstein released a statement on the recent change of U.S. landmine policy

David Ignatius was joined by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi for a Washington Post discussion on Russia's war in Ukraine and the international community's response

Meghan O'Sullivan quoted by Liz Carey for Daily Energy Insider: "U.S. Faces Challenge of Pursuing Energy Independence Amid Clean Energy Transition"

David Petraeus discussed the current state of the war in Ukraine on CNN

David Sanger, Julian Barnes, and Ronen Bergman in The New York Times: "Fears Grow Over Iran’s Nuclear Program as Tehran Digs a New Tunnel Network"

Larry Summers discussed inflation and a potential recession on Meet the Press

Philip Zelikow in Foreign Affairs: "The Hollow Order: Rebuilding an International System That Works"


Rising Leaders in the News

"The economic impact of immigrants can be transformative; they are economic drivers—even lifesavers—for many places."

ASG Rising Leader Tobin Williamson ('21) and Marko Mavrovic in the ASG Rising Leader policy book "On the Rise: Perspectives on Foreign Policy"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Chiara Albanese for Bloomberg: "Draghi’s Coalition Roiled as Minister Quits Party on Ukraine"

Orhan Coskun and Tuvan Gumrukcu for Reuters: "Saudi Crown Prince, Erdogan Meet in Turkey with 'Full Normalisation' in Sights"

The Economist: "What Emmanuel Macron Should Learn from Losing His Majority"

Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, and Michael Levenson for The New York Times: "First Step Toward Ukraine Joining E.U. Signals Solidarity Amid War"

Vikas Pandey for the BBC: "BRICS Summit: Members Push for Global Clout Amid Ukraine War"

Stefano Pozzebon for CNN: "Colombia's New President Aims to Reset Relations with U.S."

Shira Rubin for The Washington Post: "Netanyahu Prepares for a Comeback in Israel’s Next Elections"

Patrick Wintour for The Guardian: "Isolated Afghanistan May Face Struggle for Aid after Earthquake"


Book of the Week

Negotiating the New START Treaty By Rose Gottemoeller "Rose Gottemoeller, the U.S. chief negotiator of the New START treaty-and the first woman to lead a major nuclear arms negotiation-delivers in this book an invaluable insider's account of the negotiations between the U.S. and Russian delegations in Geneva in 2009 and 2010. It also examines the crucially important discussions about the treaty between President Barack Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev, and it describes the tough negotiations Gottemoeller and her team went through to gain the support of the Senate for the treaty. And importantly, at a time when the U.S. Congress stands deeply divided, it tells the story of how, in a previous time of partisan division, Republicans and Democrats came together to ratify a treaty to safeguard the future of all Americans. Rose Gottemoeller is uniquely qualified to write this book, bringing to the task not only many years of high-level experience in creating and enacting U.S. policy on arms control and compliance but also a profound understanding of the broader politico-military context from her time as NATO Deputy Secretary General. Thanks to her years working with Russians, including as Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, she provides rare insights into the actions of the Russian delegation-and the dynamics between Medvedev and then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Her encyclopedic recall of the events and astute ability to analyze objectively, while laying out her own thoughts and feelings at the time, make this both an invaluable document of record-and a fascinating story."


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