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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 8/19/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Ukraine, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti to encourage de-escalation of recent tensions.

Read more below.


Revisit Your Favorite Sessions


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons led a congressional delegation to Africa, visiting Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Kenya

Jane Harman for the Financial Times: "Six Lessons For U.S. Foreign Policy"

Kay Bailey Hutchison and Jane Harman for The Wall Street Journal: "Save the International Space Station"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "One Year’s Hindsight on Afghanistan: A Good Decision Horribly Executed"

Joseph Nye, Brahma Chellaney, Bonnie Glaser, Keyu Jin, Minxin Pei, and Kevin Rudd for Project Syndicate: "Will U.S.-China Tensions Boil Over?"

David Petraeus for Fox News: "Gen. David Petraeus Reveals Why Islamic State Is a Greater Terrorist Threat Than al Qaeda"

Frances Townsend for The Hill: "Why America Should Not Adopt Europe’s Model for Tech Regulation"


ASG Co-Founder and Co-Chair Joseph Nye shares his account of how the Aspen Strategy Group was formed in 1984. Since that time, “the Aspen Strategy Group has managed to develop and maintain an all too rare culture of bipartisan listening,” he writes. Read his piece here.


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Iqbal Athas and Rhea Mogul for CNN: "Sri Lanka's Former President Tipped to Return to Crisis-Hit Nation Next Week"

Lili Bayer for POLITICO: "NATO Urges Restraint in Kosovo and Serbia but Stands Ready to Intervene if Needed"

Jason Bordoff for Foreign Policy: "Biden’s Historic Climate Bill Needs Smart Foreign Policy"

Ivo Daalder and James M. Lindsay for Foreign Affairs: "Last Best Hope: The West’s Final Chance to Build a Better World Order"

Euronews: "Ukraine War: Erdogan and Guterres Meet With Zelenskyy in a Bid to Halt the Conflict"

Rebecca Falconer for Axios: "U.S. and Taiwan to Hold Trade Talks as Tensions With Beijing Rise"

Eyck Freymann for The Wire China: "Pole Position: Greenland Has Become One of the First Arenas for the New Game of Climate Geopolitics"

Isabel Kershner for The New York Times: "Israel and Turkey to Restore Full Diplomatic Ties"


Book of the Week

By P. W. Singer and August Cole

"America is on the brink of a revolution, one both technological and political. The science fiction of AI and robotics has finally come true, but millions are angry and fearful that the future has left them behind.

After narrowly stopping a bombing at Washington’s Union Station, FBI Special Agent Lara Keegan receives a new assignment: to field-test an advanced police robot. As a series of shocking catastrophes unfolds, the two find themselves investigating a conspiracy whose mastermind is using cutting-edge tech to rip the nation apart. To stop this new breed of terrorist, their only hope is to forge a new type of partnership.

Burn-In is especially chilling because it is something more than a pulse-pounding read: every tech, trend, and scene is drawn from real world research on the ways that our politics, our economy, and even our family lives will soon be transformed. Blending a techno-thriller’s excitement with nonfiction’s insight, Singer and Cole illuminate the darkest corners of the world soon to come."


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