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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 7/1/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Finland and Sweden were formally invited to join NATO, Xi Jinping visited Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the handover from the UK, and protests erupted across India amid fears of rising religious violence.

Read more below.


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


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Michèle Flournoy and Anshu Roy for Just Security: “NATO Must Tackle Digital Authoritarianism”

Kay Bailey Hutchison on Bloomberg with Joe Mathieu: “NATO, Allies Not Deterred”

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “NATO Is United on Ukraine. Good, But Plenty Could Still Go Wrong."

Meghan O’Sullivan and Jason Bordoff in Foreign Policy: "Yes, We Need to Talk About Cutting Energy Demand"

David Rubenstein on CNBC with Andrew Sorkin: “Avoidable or Inevitable Recession?”

Robert Zoellick in The Washington Post: “How the G-7 Can Tip the Scales Toward Ukraine”


Rising Leaders in the News

"Perhaps the most interesting technology-related component of the first stop of the visit was the establishment of a regular ministerial-level Supply Chain and Commercial Dialogue to focus on supply chain cooperation on the issue of semiconductors, critical minerals, and batteries."

ASG Rising Leader Erik Jacobs('21) for Japan Forward: "Analyzing the U.S.-Japan and Quad Leaders Summits"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Libby Brooks and Severin Carrell for The Guardian: “Second Scottish Independence Referendum: What Happens Next?”

The Economist: “By Electing Another Marcos, Filipinos Show They Have Forgotten History”

Steven Erlanger and Michael D. Shear for The New York Times: “NATO Formally Invites Finland and Sweden to Join the Alliance.”

EuroNews: “Russia Accuses Norway of Arctic Blockade and Threatens Reprisals”

Tangi Salaün, Clotaire Achi, and Ingrid Melander for Reuters: “Main Suspect Handed Life Sentence for 2015 Islamist Attacks on Paris”

Gerry Shih and Niha Masih for The Washington Post: “Brutal Killing in India Stirs Fears of Escalating Religious Violence”

Chun Han Wong for The Wall Street Journal: “Xi Jinping Visits Hong Kong to Mark Anniversary, Capping Crushing of Dissent”


Book of the Week

Surprising Truths from the World's Most Successful Entrepreneurs By Reid Hoffman with June Cohen and Deron Triff "Hoffman teams up with Masters of Scale’s executive producers to offer a rare window into the entrepreneurial mind, sharing hard-won wisdom from leaders of iconic companies (including Apple, Nike, Netflix, Spotify, Starbucks, Google, Instagram, and Microsoft) as well as the bold, disruptive startups (such as 23andMe, TaskRabbit, Black List, and Walker & Co.) that are solving the problems of the twenty-first century.

Through vivid storytelling and incisive analysis, Masters of Scale distills their collective insights into a set of counterintuitive principles that anyone can use. How do you find a winning idea and turn it into a scalable venture? What can you learn from a “squirmy no”? When should you stop listening to your customers? Which fires should you put out right away, and which should you let burn? And can you really make money while making the world a better place? (Answer: Yes. But you have to keep your profits and values aligned.)

Based on more than a hundred interviews and including a wealth of new material never aired on the podcast, this unique insider’s guide will inspire you to reimagine how you do business today."


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