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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 9/10/21

Updated: 4 days ago


Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Reflect on this moment by examining the legacy of the last two decades, listening to reflections from the 9/11 Commission, and considering policy recommendations for the future.


Watch "Two Decades On: The 20th Anniversary of 9/11" Here

This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Stephen Biegun discussed the impact of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan on Mapping The World with Nader Mousavizadeh


Michèle Flournoy quoted by Andrew Tillett in Financial Review on China's treatment of Australia


Robert Gates, Ash Carter, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, Jim Mattis, and Mark T. Esper for The Washington Post: “6 Former Secretaries of Defense: We Must Memorialize the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism”


David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “Biden Badly Needs a New Beginning”


Anja Manuel on Straight Talk with Hank Paulson


Dina Powell McCormick on SiriusXM Business Radio's Leadership Matters podcast hosted by Alan Fleischmann


Joseph Nye on Project Syndicate: "What Difference Did 9/11 Make?"


David Petraeus interviewed by Dan Harrison for The Oxford Student


Condoleezza Rice in The Wall Street Journal: “We Are More Secure Than We Were on 9/11”


David Rubenstein joined Carol Massar and Tim Stenovac on Bloomberg Businessweek: “Rubenstein Examines the American Experiment”

ASG Rising Leaders in the News


"OpenAI is a unique organization in the AI research space, and has produced some of the advances, publications, and products I’m most excited about. I strongly believe in the organization’s aim of building AI for the benefit of all, and am honored to have this opportunity to contribute to that mission.”


ASG Rising Leader Helen Toner joins OpenAI's Board of Directors. Read more here.

Tweet of the Week

In Case You Missed It

Featuring former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, MOBY Group Co-Founder and Chairman Saad Mohseni, former Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission Philip Zelikow, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute, Wilson Center President Emerita Jane Harman, former Ambassador of the U.S. to Afghanistan P. Michael McKinley, former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and North African Affairs Anne Patterson, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq Ryan Crocker, The New Yorker Staff Writer Lawrence Wright, Taliban and Descent Into Chaos Author Ahmed Rashid, and more.


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Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions


Shawna Chen for Axios: “COVAX Cuts 2021 Forecast for Available COVID Doses by a Quarter”


Lyse Doucet for BBC News: “Afghanistan: A New Order Begins Under the Taliban's Governance”


Lily Kuo in The Washington Post: “Xi Jinping’s Crackdown on Everything Is Remaking Chinese Society”


Nelly Lahoud in Foreign Affairs: “Bin Laden’s Catastrophic Success”


Walter Russell Mead in The Wall Street Journal: “Identity Politics Goes Global”


Nancy Youssef in The Wall Street Journal: “Pentagon’s 9/11 Anniversary Is Its First Without Troops in Afghanistan”

Book of the Week

The American Experiment

By David RubensteinIn this lively collection of conversations—the third in a series from David Rubenstein—some of our nations’ greatest minds explore the inspiring story of America as a grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation, and ideas.


Exploring the diverse make-up of our country’s DNA through interviews with Pulitzer Prize–winning historians, diplomats, music legends, and sports giants, The American Experiment captures the dynamic arc of a young country reinventing itself in real-time. Through these enlightening conversations, the American spirit comes alive, revealing the setbacks, suffering, invention, ingenuity, and social movements that continue to shape our vision of what America is—and what it can be.”

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