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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 8/12/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 was signed into law bolstering U.S. semiconductor development and manufacturing, the U.S. announced an additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, and former guerilla fighter Gustavo Petro was sworn in as president of Colombia.

Read more below.


Revisit Your Favorite Sessions


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Stephen Biegun, Eric Edelman, Daniel Fata, and David J. Kramer for The Bulwark: "With Enough Help, Ukraine Can Win"

Susan Glasser for CNN: "From Taiwan to Kansas, the Week that Was"

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: "America’s China Challenge"

David Petraeus for The Atlantic: "Afghanistan Did Not Have to Turn Out This Way"

David Sanger, Eric Schmitt, and Ben Dooley for The New York Times: "U.S. Insists It Will Operate Around Taiwan, Despite China's Pressure"

Lawrence Summers interviewed by Alvin Powell for The Harvard Gazette: "Larry Summers Details How Senate Plan Will Reduce Inflation"

Robert Zoellick interviewed by Bob Davis for The Wire China: "Robert Zoellick on Accepting China as It Is"


Rising Leaders in the News

Congratulations to ASG Rising Leader Shelley Greenspan ('22) on being selected as the new White House liaison to the Jewish community! Read more here.


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Eloise Barry for Time: "Gustavo Petro Could Transform Colombia—And Washington’s Role in Latin America"

Morgan Chalfant and Alex Gangitano for The Hill: "Biden Signs CHIPS and Science Bill Into Law"

Rose Gottemoeller for Foreign Affairs: "The Case Against a New Arms Race"

Jennifer Hansler for CNN: "Blinken Draws Distinctions Between U.S. and Russia as He Seeks to Make Case for U.S. Partnership in Africa"

John Ismay for The New York Times: "The U.S. Will Send Another $1 Billion in Aid to Ukraine"

Hyonhee Shin for Reuters: "In First Visit to China, South Korean Foreign Minister Seeks to Reassure Beijing Over U.S. Ties"


Book of the Week

By Kevin Rudd

"A war between China and the U.S. would be catastrophic, deadly, and destructive. Unfortunately, it is no longer unthinkable.

The relationship between the U.S. and China, the world’s two superpowers, is peculiarly volatile. It rests on a seismic fault—of cultural misunderstanding, historical grievance, and ideological incompatibility. No other nations are so quick to offend and be offended. Their militaries play a dangerous game of chicken, corporations steal intellectual property, intelligence satellites peer, and AI technicians plot. The capacity for either country to cross a fatal line grows daily.

Kevin Rudd, a former Australian prime minister who has studied, lived in, and worked with China for more than forty years, is one of the very few people who can offer real insight into the mindsets of the leadership whose judgment will determine if a war will be fought. The Avoidable War demystifies the actions of both sides, explaining and translating them for the benefit of the other. Geopolitical disaster is still avoidable, but only if these two giants can find a way to coexist without betraying their core interests through what Rudd calls 'managed strategic competition.' Should they fail, down that path lies the possibility of a war that could rewrite the future of both countries, and the world."


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