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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 7/30/20

Special Aspen Security Forum Edition


Join us for the Aspen Security Forum on August 4, 5, and 6. See our exciting line-up of speakers and the full agenda here. Just added this week:


Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in conversation with CEO of Bridgewater Associates David McCormick.


Next week, we will be sending a Daily Leaf to update you on Aspen Security Forum programming and highlight content that provides context for and compliments the sessions for the following day.


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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Michèle Flournoy in The Financial Times: Treat China’s Border Clash with India as a Clarion Call

Laurie Garrett in Foreign Policy: America’s Schools Are a Moral and Medical Catastrophe

Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times: We Interrupt This Gloom to Offer…Hope

Mitch Landrieu in The New York Times: The Price We Have Paid for Not Confronting Racism

David Leonhardt in The New York Times: It’s 2022. What Does Life Look Like?

Tanvi Madan in Foreign Affairs: China Is Losing India

Anja Manuel and Kathleen Hicks in Foreign Affairs: Can China’s Military Win the Tech War?

Mira Rapp-Hooper in Foreign Affairs: Saving America’s Alliances

Julie Smith and Laura Rosenberger in Newsweek: While the U.S. Sits Back, China Is Using COVID-19 to Cozy Up to Europe

Lawrence H. Summers in Financial Times: COVID-19 Looks Like a Hinge in History

Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions


Mark Esper, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece

Robert O’Brien, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Paulo Guedes, Minister of the Economy of Brazil

Vivian Balakrishnan, Foreign Minister of Singapore

Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta

Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary

Kelly Craft, Ambassador of the U.S. to the United Nations

Tony Blinken, former Deputy Secretary of State

Lawrence H. Summers, President Emeritus, Harvard University

Laurie Garrett, Author, The Coming Plague

John Bolton, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Tom Donilon, former U.S. National Security Advisor

Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Mark Warner, Ranking Member, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood Foundation

Wendy Sherman, Director, Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami

Steve Hadley, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program, CSIS

Nicholas Kristof, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans

Mira Rapp-Hooper, Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations

David Leonhardt, Writer, The New York Times

Laura Rosenberger, Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India

Julianne Smith, former Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden

Christian Brose, Chief Strategy Officer, Anduril Industries

Renee DiResta, Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory

Mike Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit

Joseph Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus

Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State

Nicholas Burns, Harvard Professor and Executive Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

Anja Manuel, Co-founder and partner, Rice, Hadley, Gates, & Manuel and Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

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