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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 7/30/21

This week, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin emphasized the need for Indo-Pacific partnerships in the future during a trip to Singapore, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, and COP President Alok Sharma visited Saudi Arabia to discuss climate change. Read more below.

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Minister S. Jaishankar, Minister Alok Sharma, and Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia HH Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah bin Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud will all be a part of next week’s Aspen Security Forum. We hope you will join us!


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Stephen Biegun and Anne-Marie Slaughter quoted in Government Executive: “Hiring and Retention Are Key to Modernizing the State Department, Experts Testify”

Chris Brose et al. in a Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments discussion: “Implementing Deterrence by Detection”

Robert Gates in conversation with John Heubusch on the Ronald Reagan Foundation & Institute’s Forum Podcast:

David Ignatius with Bill Nelson on Washington Post Live: “The Path Forward: New Frontiers in Space with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson”

David Petraeus on Fox News Primetime: “Gen. David Petraeus Says the 'Taliban Has the Momentum' in Afghanistan”

David Rubenstein interviewed José Andrés on The David Rubenstein Show

David Sanger in The New York Times: “Biden Signs an Executive Order Aimed at Protecting Critical American Infrastructure from Cyberattacks”

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Heather Ashby in Project Syndicate: “Countering Putin’s Grand Strategy”


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Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Evelyn Cheng for CNBC: “Tense U.S.-China Meeting Ends, Beijing Official Says Relations Are in a ‘Stalemate’”

Matt McGrath for BBC: "COP26 Climate Summit President Says Progress Made, but Not Enough"

Adam Nossiter and Taimoor Shah in The New York Times: “Afghan Civilian Casualties Soar as U.S. Exits, Monitors Say”

Josh Rogin in The Washington Post: "Biden Must Try Harder to Stop the Coup in Tunisia"

Paul Vigna in The Wall Street Journal: "Bitcoin Is Failing Its First Inflation Test as Selloff Deepens"

Alex Wilson in Stars and Stripes: “UK to Bolster Its Indo-Pacific Presence with Offshore Patrol Vessels, Littoral Response Group


Book of the Week

By Shivshankar Menon

“Examining India’s own policy choices throughout its history, Menon focuses in particular on India’s responses to the rise of China, as well as other regional powers. Menon also looks to the future and analyzes how India’s policies are likely to evolve in response to current and new challenges.

As India grows economically and gains new stature across the globe, both its domestic preoccupations and international choices become more significant. India itself will become more affected by what happens in the world around it. Menon makes a powerful geopolitical case for an India increasingly and positively engaged in Asia and the broader world in pursuit of a pluralistic, open, and inclusive world order."


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