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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 7/9/20

New Speakers Confirmed for the Digital Aspen Security Forum

The Aspen Security Forum has confirmed new speakers for its conference happening on August 4, 5, and 6. Joining the Forum to engage in discussion on the most important national security challenges of our time are:

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

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

Mark Warner, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member

Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of China to the U.S.

Julie Smith, the German Marshall Fund of the United States Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Asia Program

The digital 2020 Aspen Security Forum will be free to all attendees, and all sessions will be on-the-record and posted to our website for future viewing.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Zoe Baird and David Marsh in CNBC Politics: The Smart Way to Get U.S. Employees Back to Work

Robert Blackwill and Thomas Wright in a Council on Foreign Relations: The End of World Order and American Foreign Policy

Nicholas Burns in The Irish Times: Ireland Can Bridge U.S.-EU Gap After Brexit

Diana Farrell in a JP Morgan Chase Institute Report: The Initial Household Spending Response to COVID-19

Nick Kristof in The New York Times: Refusing to Wear a Mask is Like Driving Drunk

Sam Nunn, William Perry, Tom Collina, and Carol Giacomo in a Nuclear Threat Initiative Discussion

Joseph Nye in Project Syndicate: After the Liberal International Order

William Perry and Tom Collina in The New York Times: Who Can We Trust with the Nuclear Button? No One.

Penny Pritzker and Jack Markell on CNN: Six Ways to Fix America's Broken Safety Net

Philip Zelikow in H-Diplo with ISSF: Not What I Had Planned


Upcoming Events

A Conversation on U.S. - China Relations

Thursday, July 16

1:15 - 2:15 PM ET

Speaker Speaker Moderator

Kurt Campbell Bob Zoellick Anja Manuel

Chairman & CEO Former President Director

The Asia Group The World Bank The Aspen Strategy Group


Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Michael Schuman in The Atlantic: Why China Wants Trump to Win

Lingling Wei and Bob Davis in The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Business Groups Urge China to 'Redouble Efforts' to Implement Trade Deal

Robert Zoellick in The National Interest: The China Challenge


Book of the Week

For generations of Americans, our country has been the world's dominant military power. That old reality, however, is rapidly deteriorating. America is at grave risk of losing a future war. As Christian Brose reveals in this urgent wake-up call, the future will be defined by artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and other emerging technologies that are revolutionizing global industries and are now poised to overturn the model of American defense. Examining threats from China, Russia, and elsewhere, The Kill Chain offers hope and, ultimately, insight on how America can apply advanced technologies to prevent war, deter aggression, and maintain peace.



Exercise of Power: A Conversation with Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates discusses the "symphony" of economic, political, and military power that America commands, and how to improve U.S. foreign policy with Aspen Strategy Group Director Anja Manuel


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