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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 9/18/20

In this week’s headlines, Yoshihide Suga was named the next Prime Minister of Japan, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave her first State of the European Union address, an American was chosen to lead the Inter-American Development Bank for the first time following a controversial election, and the United Kingdom has threatened to break international law by violating its Brexit agreements. Read more below.

This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Madeleine Albright and Stephen Hadley in Politico: “How Trump’s Middle East Plan Could Boost the Region”

Robert Blackwill in a fireside chat with the Ananta Aspen Centre: “COVID19 and the New World Order”

Peter Feaver in Foreign Policy: “This Election Has Become Dangerous for the U.S. Military”

Nick Kristof in The New York Times: “We’re No. 28! And Dropping!”

Anja Manuel in Stanford University discussion with Joe Felter on technology and innovation in China

Joseph Nye in an Aspen Socrates Program discussion: “Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump”

Condoleezza Rice on The Hoover Institution’s Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson

David Sanger, David McCabe, and Erin Griffith in The New York Times: “Oracle Chosen as TikTok’s Tech Partner, as Microsoft’s Bid Is Rejected”

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Zanny Minton Beddoes, and Ian Bremmer on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: “Are We Emerging From The Era Of Lockdowns?”

Dan Sullivan, Jane Harman, Lisa Murkowski, and Michael Sfraga in Wilson Center discussion: “The U.S. Air Force Arctic Strategy, Alaska, and the New Arctic

Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions


BBC News: “Five Things from EU Chief’s First State of the Union Speech”

Holly Ellyatt on CNBC: “After Brexit Bombshell, Britain is Seeking to Reassure U.S. Lawmakers on Irish Border Issue”

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “Bahrain’s Diplomatic Agreement With Israel Is A Building Block Toward Middle East Stability”

  • See the Aspen Security Forum discussion on the Middle East with Commander Kenneth McKenzie here.

Michael Stott in Financial Times: “Trump’s Nominee Wins Presidency of Inter-American Development Bank”

Yoko Wakatsuki and Ben Westcott on CNN: “Yoshihide Suga Officially Named as Japan's New Prime Minister, Replacing Shinzo Abe”

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Book of the Week


The World: a Brief Introduction

By Richard Haass

An invaluable primer from Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, that will help anyone, expert and non-expert alike, navigate a time in which many of our biggest challenges come from the world beyond our borders. We are connected to this world in all sorts of ways. We need to better understand it, both its promise and its threats, in order to make informed choices, be it as students, citizens, voters, parents, employees, or investors. To help readers do just that, The World focuses on essential history, what makes each region of the world tick, the many challenges globalization presents, and the most influential countries, events, and ideas. Explaining complex ideas with wisdom and clarity, Richard Haass's The World is an evergreen book that will remain relevant and useful as history continues to unfold.


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