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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 8/13/20

Aspen Security Forum Sessions Now Online

The Aspen Security Forum last week covered a broad range of perspectives on the most important foreign policy and national security challenges we face today, including the global pandemic, the economic crisis, threats to cybersecurity, and more.

From Ambassador of China to the U.S. Cui Tiankai’s thoughts on the U.S-China relationship to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s views on defense strategy, from Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison’s insights from Canberra to Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ perspective from Athens, you can view all the sessions from the 2020 Forum on our website.

Thank you to all who attended!

On a sad note, last week we also mourned the loss of the Aspen Strategy Group’s Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus, Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft. Read the full statement from Joseph Nye, Condoleezza Rice, Nicholas Burns and Anja Manuel on the passing of Lt. Gen. Scowcroft, as well as personal tributes from ASG members here.

This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Madeleine Albright in Science Magazine: Avoiding Another Hiroshima

Zoë Baird shares an Open Letter on the Markle Foundation’s Rework America Alliance

Robert Blackwill in The National Interest: Nine Theses on U.S.– China Relations

David McCormick and Ryan Evans in War on the Rocks Podcast: Gearing Up for Economic Statecraft

Joseph Nye in Project Syndicate: Brent Scowcroft Remembered

Susan Rice interviewed by Edward-Isaac Dovere for The Atlantic: This Is Exactly What Susan Rice Feared

David Sanger and Julian Barnes in The New York Times: Is TikTok More of a Parenting Problem Than a Security Threat?

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Wardah Khalid in Project Syndicate: Trump Vs. His Uighur Policy

Philip Zelikow in The American Interest: A Reply to President Putin

Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions


John Bolton’s interview with Carol Lee covered by NBC News: “Bolton Says He Will 'Write In Somebody' Rather Than Voting for Biden or Trump in 2020 Election”

Devan Cole in CNN Politics: “Condoleezza Rice Says Confederate Statues are Indefensible But That Calls to Tear Down Other Monuments Have 'Gotten a Little Out of Control'”

Dan De Luce in NBC News: “U.S.-China Relations are Under 'Unprecedented' Strain, Says Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.”

Karen DeYoung in The Washington Post: “Brian Hook, the State Department's Point Man on Iran Policy, is Stepping Down”

Joseph Guzman in The Hill: “WHO Chief Hopes U.S. Will Reconsider Exiting the Global Health Agency”

Aaron Mehta in Defense News: “Flournoy: Next Defense Secretary Needs ‘Big Bets’ to Boost ’Eroding’ Deterrence”

David Wainer in Bloomberg News: “China, Russia Likely to Veto U.S. Bid on Iran, Envoy Craft Says”

Ben Wolfgang in The Washington Times: “Pentagon Chief Esper Presses Partners to Spend More Than 2% on Defense”

Book of the Week


America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy


By Robert H. Zoellick


Both a sweeping work of history and an insightful guide to U.S. diplomacy past and present, America in the World serves as an informative companion and practical adviser to readers seeking to understand the strategic and immediate challenges of U.S. foreign policy during an era of transformation.

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