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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 9/24/21

This week, the UN General Assembly convened in New York, the U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti Daniel Foote resigned over the decision to deport Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a snap election in Canada. Read more below.

Next week, The Weekly Leaf will be on a brief hiatus. Look for the Leaf to return to your inbox on Friday, October 8.


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Robert Gates in a CSIS discussion: “Civics as a National Security Imperative: A Conversation with Secretary Bob Gates”

Susan Glasser in The New Yorker: “The Most Important Statistic of the Biden Presidency”

Jane Harman in a Brennan Center for Justice discussion: “What Will It Take to Keep Us (and Our Freedoms) Safe?”

David Ignatius interviews Gary Gensler for Washington Post Live: “The Path Forward: Cryptocurrency with Gary Gensler”

Anja Manuel spoke on COVID and the global economy at the IDN Summit and signed an open letter from CARE urging world leaders to give more COVID vaccines to developing countries

David Rubenstein interviewed by Matt Egan for CNN: “Forget Inflation. This Billionaire Investor Worries About Democracy.”

David Sanger and Roger Cohen in The New York Times: “Biden and Macron Try to Mend Relations After Diplomatic Feud”

Anne-Marie Slaughter in The Boston Globe: “A New Age of American Innovation”

Frances F. Townsend in an Atlantic Council discussion with Fred Kempe, Max Brooks, August Cole, and Barry Pavel: “The Future of Counterterrorism: Twenty Years After 9/11”


Tweet of the Week


Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for the in-person 12th Annual Aspen Security Forum, which will be held November 2 - 4 in Washington, D.C. at the InterContinental Hotel (The Wharf).


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Theophilos Argitis and Kait Bolongaro for Bloomberg: “Trudeau Wins Historic Third Term But Falls Short of Majority”

Chandelis Duster and Etant Dupain for CNN: “Special Envoy for Haiti Resigns Citing 'Inhumane' U.S. Decision to Deport Thousands of Haitians from U.S. Border”

Edith Lederer for AP News: "'The World Must Wake Up': Tasks Daunting as UN Meeting Opens"

Jessica Mathews in Foreign Affairs: “American Power After Afghanistan:

How to Rightsize the Country’s Global Role”

Dov Zakheim in The National Interest: “France Will Get Over Its Anger at Washington”


Book of the Week

By Anne-Marie Slaughter “Like much of the world, America is deeply divided over identity, equality, and history. Renewal is Anne-Marie Slaughter’s candid and deeply personal account of how her own odyssey opened the door to an important new understanding of how we as individuals, organizations, and nations can move backward and forward at the same time, facing the past and embracing a new future. Weaving together personal stories and reflections with insights from the latest research in the social sciences, Slaughter recounts a difficult time of self‐examination and growth in the wake of a crisis that changed the way she lives, leads, and learns. She connects her experience to our national crisis of identity and values as the country looks into a four-hundred-year-old mirror and tries to confront and accept its full reflection. The promise of the Declaration of Independence has been hollow for so many for so long. That reckoning is the necessary first step toward renewal. The lessons here are not just for America. Slaughter shows how renewal is possible for anyone who is willing to see themselves with new eyes and embrace radical honesty, risk, resilience, interdependence, grace, and vision. Part personal journey, part manifesto, Renewal offers hope tempered by honesty and is essential reading for citizens, leaders, and the change makers of tomorrow.”


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