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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 6/25/21

This week, hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi was elected as the new President of Iran, Apple Daily–one of the last pro-democracy newspapers in Hong Kong–was forced to close, and the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region intensified with an airstrike that hit a crowded marketplace. Read more below.

This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Elizabeth Economy in H-Diplo: “Reclaiming America and Its Place in the World”


Michael Green and Gabriel Scheinmann in Foreign Policy: "Biden's Afghanistan Pullout Could Make the China Problem Harder"


David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “In Afghanistan, A Summer of Pain Awaits”


Nicholas Kristof on MSNBC: “Ethiopia’s Historic Election Overshadowed by War and Famine in Tigray”


Sam Nunn and Ernest Moniz co-author a Nuclear Threat Initiative paper: “U.S. Nuclear Policies for a Safer World”


Meghan O’Sullivan for Bloomberg: “The Problem With Biden’s Red Line to Putin on Cyberattacks”


David Petraeus at Bloomberg’s Qatar Economic Forum: “Petraeus on the New Security Paradigm”


Condoleezza Rice on the Dana Perino Podcast: Everything Will Be Okay: “Secretary Condoleezza Rice & Her Father's Impact”


David Sanger and Farnaz Fassihi in The New York Times: “For Biden, Iranian Hard-liner May Be Best Path to Restoring Nuclear Deal”


Frances Townsend, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, and Micah Schwartzman on the Miller Center’s Democracy Dialogues: “America's Homeland Security Advisor on Countering Domestic Terrorism

ASG Rising Leaders in the News


“The toxic mix of corruption, state collapse, and extreme poverty, coupled with political instability that caused or was a result of the Arab Spring has taken an extreme toll on vulnerable groups.”


ASG Rising Leader Philippe Nassif discussed how religious freedom has changed across the Middle East ten years after the Arab Spring in an event hosted by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Watch here.


“Although foreign policy has traditionally been insulated from political polarization, that is no longer true. On such issues as multilateralism, climate change, and terrorism, Americans are more divided than ever.”


Read ASG Rising Leader Rachel Myrick's latest piece in Foreign Affairs: "America Is Back- But for How Long?"

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Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions


Myron Brilliant in The Hill: “America Is Back: We Need A Trade Agenda That Shows It”


Jason Burke in The Guardian: "Scores Killed in Ethiopian Airstrike on Tigray Market"


Vali Nasr in Foreign Policy: "Why Raisi Is the West's Best Hope for a Deal With Iran"


Bernie Sanders in Foreign Affairs: “Washington’s Dangerous New Consensus on China”


Maeve Sheehey for Politico: "Biden Nominates Cindy McCain for U.N. Food Agency Ambassadorship"


Zen Soo and Matthew Cheng in The Washington Post: “Hong Kong's Last Pro-Democracy Paper Publishes Final Edition”


Declan Walsh in The New York Times: "From Nobel Hero to Driver of War. Ethiopia's Leader Faces Voters"

Book of the Week


Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped U.S.-India Relations During the Cold War

By Tanvi Madan

“In this Asian century, scholars, officials and journalists are increasingly focused on the fate of the rivalry between China and India. They see the U.S. relationships with the two Asian giants as now intertwined, after having followed separate paths during the Cold War.

In Fateful Triangle, Tanvi Madan argues that China’s influence on the U.S.-India relationship is neither a recent nor a momentary phenomenon. Drawing on documents from India and the United States, she shows that American and Indian perceptions of and policy toward China significantly shaped U.S.-India relations in three crucial decades, from 1949 to 1979. Fateful Triangle updates our understanding of the diplomatic history of U.S.-India relations, highlighting China’s central role in it, reassesses the origins and practice of Indian foreign policy and nonalignment, and provides historical context for the interactions between the three countries.”

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