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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 7/16/21


This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited President Joe Biden at the White House in her last official U.S. trip, thousands of people took to the streets in Cuba to protest the government, and the EU announced a major climate change initiative. Read more below.

This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Madeleine Albright joined a panel at NSCAI’s Global Emerging Technology Summit


Susan Glasser interviewed Jean-Yves Le Drian in a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace event: “Meeting Challenges in the Indo-Pacific and China: French Strategic Perspectives”


Kay Bailey Hutchison et al in a Chertoff Group discussion: "Deciphering Biden's Defense Budget"


David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “The World Economy Is Slowly Rebounding. But Challenges Still Lie Ahead.”


Anja Manuel spoke at the National Committee for U.S. China Relations and appeared with Dewardric McNeal on CNBC


Jack Reed discussed Afghanistan on NBC News: “Biden Made ‘The Best of Many Poor Choices’”


David Sanger in The New York Times: “Russia’s Most Aggressive Ransomware Group Disappeared. It’s Unclear Who Made That Happen.”


Lawrence Summers profiled by Ben White for Politico: “New Concern for Biden: Could Larry Summers Be Right About Inflation?”


Philip Zelikow on the Departures podcast: "The Fools and Villains Who Prevented Peace in 1916"


Robert Zoellick in The Washington Post: “Liberal Democracies Are Running Out of Time to Save the Rest of the Planet from Covid”

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The Economist: "South Africa's War for the Rule of Law"


Steven Erlanger and Somini Sengupta in The New York Times: “Europe Unveils Plan to Shift From Fossil Fuels, Setting Up Potential Trade Spats”


Ines Pohl interviews President George W. Bush for Deutsche Welle


Gerald Seib in The Wall Street Journal: “Cuba’s Unrest Frames World’s Big Struggle: Dictators vs. Democracies”


Maegan Vazquez and Kevin Liptak for CNN: "Merkel and Biden to Chart A Course for the Future of U.S.-German Relations in White House Meeting"”

Book of the Week


Partners of First Resort: America, Europe, and the Future of the West

By David McKean and Bart M. Szewczyk

Is the Western alliance, which brought together the United States and Europe after World War II, in an inevitable state of decline, and if so, can anything be done to repair it? There seems little doubt that fragmentation of the Western alliance was under way even before Donald Trump’s unorthodox policy making broadened the schism….


The authors outline a 'transatlantic renaissance,' in which U.S. and European leaders would work together to craft a new Atlantic Charter that would restore the liberal objectives that animated the Western alliance for more than seven decades. Modernizing institutional relationships across the Atlantic should help both the United States and Europe address common challenges jointly and improve burden sharing. The world needs a vibrant and energetic West to protect fundamental values from illiberal forces, both internal and external.”

New Report

Mind the Gap: Priorities for Transatlantic China Policy


The Aspen Strategy Group, Munich Security Conference, and Mercator Institute for China Studies are pleased to share a new special report of the Distinguished Reflection Group on Transatlantic China Policy.


Co-chaired by Wolfgang Ischinger and Joseph Nye, the report advocates a “pragmatic approach” for the U.S. and Europe towards China “identifying joint action where possible and...‘managing differences’ where necessary.”


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