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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 9/9/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96, U.S. intelligence reported that Russia is purchasing weapons from North Korea, IAEA inspectors published their report after visiting the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine, and Liz Truss was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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Revisit Your Favorite Sessions


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Ash Carter, Robert Gates, William Perry and ten other former defense officials signed an open letter in an effort to address the “exceptionally challenging civil-military environment”

John Deutch and Ernest Moniz for Foreign Affairs: "How America Can Make Industrial Policy Work"

Peter Feaver quoted by Kelly Hooper for POLITICO: "Former Defense Leaders Decry ‘Extremely Adverse’ Political Climate"

Michael Froman met with USAID Director Samantha Power to discuss USAID and Mastercard collaboration

Michael Green for the United States Studies Centre: "U.S. Must Commit to Leadership Role in Regional Trade"

Jane Harman for The Hill: "What Will NATO Do If Radiation From Zaporizhzhia Reaches Its Members?"

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: “Is Nuclear War Inevitable?”

Anne-Marie Slaughter joined Stephen Walt and Ian Bremmer on GZERO World: "The Power of Crisis"


Tweet of the Week


Rising Leaders in the News

"Bringing Sweden and Finland into the Alliance eliminates another what-if scenario in the case of expanded Russian aggression."

ASG Rising Leader Nathan Dial ('22) for the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs: "Extending NATO Membership to Sweden and Finland Enhances the European Security Community"


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Peter Baker for The New York Times: "The Queen Met 13 Sitting U.S. Presidents, Who Basked in Her Global Prestige"

Sue Cameron, Gordon Cramb, and George Parker for the Financial Times: "Queen Elizabeth II: April 21 1926 - September 8 2022"

Jeffery Goldberg and Anne Applebaum interviewed by Claudine Ebeid for The Atlantic: "Zelensky is Everywhere"

Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung for the Associated Press: "What Help are North Korean Weapons to Russia?"

Claire Parker and Karen DeYoung for The Washington Post: "IAEA Warns of ‘Catastrophic’ Threat From Shelling in Ukraine Nuclear Report"

Eric Schmidt and Yll Bajraktari for Foreign Affairs: "America Could Lose the Tech Contest With China"

Yasmeen Serhan for TIME: "What To Know About Liz Truss, Britain’s New Prime Minister"

Cai Xia for Foreign Affairs: "The Weakness of Xi Jinping: How Hubris and Paranoia Threaten China’s Future"


Book of the Week

By J. Bradford DeLong

"Before 1870, humanity lived in dire poverty, with a slow crawl of invention offset by a growing population. Then came a great shift: invention sprinted forward, doubling our technological capabilities each generation and utterly transforming the economy again and again. Our ancestors would have presumed we would have used such powers to build utopia. But it was not so. When 1870–2010 ended, the world instead saw global warming; economic depression, uncertainty, and inequality; and broad rejection of the status quo.

Economist Brad DeLong's Slouching Towards Utopia tells the story of how this unprecedented explosion of material wealth occurred, how it transformed the globe, and why it failed to deliver us to utopia. Of remarkable breadth and ambition, it reveals the last century to have been less a march of progress than a slouch in the right direction."


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