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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 9/30/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Giorgia Meloni came out victorious in the Italian elections, both Nord Stream pipelines were damaged by suspected sabotage causing massive leaks in the Baltic Sea, and the British pound fell to a record low against the dollar.

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This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Zoë Baird named Senior Counselor for Technology and Economic Growth to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo

Ash Carter interviewed Ukrainian President Zelensky for the Harvard Institute of Politics

Chris Coons and David Price for Foreign Policy: "How Tunisia Can Save Its Economy"

Peter Feaver quoted by Price St. Clair for The Dispatch: "Biden and the Future of Taiwan"

Michèle Flournoy and Michael Brown for Foreign Affairs: "Time Is Running Out to Defend Taiwan"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "4 Years After Khashoggi’s Murder, Assaults on Press Freedom are Getting Worse"

Sam Nunn interviewed by Brian Howey for WTHR Indianapolis: "Nunn on the Putin Doctrine: 'A Very Dangerous Time'"

David Petraeus for DW News: "Putin Is Desperate and in an Irreversible Situation"

Jack Reed for the Senate Armed Services Committee: "Jack Reed Raises Concern About China Moving Rapidly To Compete in Nuclear Arms Race"

David Sanger for The New York Times: "Biden’s Support for Iran Protesters Comes After Bitter Lessons of 2009"

Anne-Marie Slaughter for Project Syndicate: "No Security Without Climate Security"

Lawrence Summers interviewed for Bloomberg TV: "Summers Sees Heightened Risk of Market Breakdowns, Lauds BOE"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Ian Bremmer for TIME: "What Giorgia Meloni's Victory Means for Italy"

Patricia Cohen for The New York Times: "Pound’s Swoon Echoes Declines in British Power, Past and Present"

Drew Hinshaw, Matthew Dalton, and Laurence Norman for The Wall Street Journal: "NATO Formally Blames Sabotage for Nord Stream Pipeline Damage"

Mary Louise Kelly interviewed Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan for NPR: "Putin's Moves to Escalate the War in Ukraine Has Sparked Panic and Protests in Russia"

Chris Megerian and Kim Tong-Hyung for the AP: "North Korea Fires Missiles After Harris Leaves South Korea"

Oliver Stuenkel for Foreign Policy: "Why Beijing Wants Bolsonaro to Win"

Sanam Vakil for Foreign Affairs: "Iran’s Crisis of Legitimacy"


Book of the Week

By Zachary Keck

"Should the United States prevent additional allies from developing atomic weapons? Although preventing U.S. allies and partners from acquiring nuclear weapons was an important part of America’s Cold War goals, in the decades since, Washington has mostly focused on preventing small adversarial states from building the bomb. This has begun to change as countries as diverse as Germany, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, among others, have begun discussing the value of an independent nuclear arsenal. Their ambitions have led to renewed discussion in U.S. foreign policy circles about the consequences of allied proliferation for the United States. Even though four countries have acquired nuclear weapons, this discussion remains abstract, theoretical, and little changed since the earliest days of the nuclear era.

Using historical case studies, this book shines a light on this increasingly pressing issue. Keck examines the impact that acquiring nuclear arsenals had after our allies developed them. He examines existing and recently declassified documents, original archival research, and—for the Israel and especially Pakistan cases—interviews with U.S. officials who worked on the events in question."


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