The Weekly Leaf
This week, the Biden administration released its National Security Strategy, the NATO defense ministers met in Brussels, and global finance ministers and central bankers gathered in Washington for meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
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This Week’s Content Highlights
Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members
Chris Brose interviewed by Andrew Eversden for Breaking Defense: "Meet Anduril’s New Loitering Munitions, the Firm’s First (But Not Last) Weapons Program"
Naima Green-Riley quoted by Sarah Binder for SPIA Reacts: "Insights on the Protests in Iran from Scholars at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs"
Jane Harman announced as the new chair of the Freedom House Board of Trustees
Kay Bailey Hutchison interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: "Hutchison: Ukraine Needs More Air Defense"
David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "The Consensus in a Resolute Kyiv: There Can Be No Compromise"
Jack Reed gave opening remarks for the Senate Armed Services committee hearing for the new Chief of Space Operations, Lieutenant General B. Chance Saltzman
David Sanger for The New York Times: "Biden’s National Security Strategy Focuses on China, Russia and Democracy at Home"
Dan Sullivan issued a statement on the new "National Strategy for the Arctic Region"
Lawrence Summers for Project Syndicate: "A New Chance for the World Bank"
Tweet of the Week
Things to Know
Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions
Josep Borrell for the EU Ambassadors Annual Conference 2022
Ivo Daalder for POLITICO: "Germany Struggles to Adjust to a New Era"
Rose Gottemoller for the Financial Times: "Nuclear Diplomacy with Russia Could Avert the Threat of Armageddon"
Shadi Hamid for The Atlantic: "The Reason Iran Turned Out to Be So Repressive"
Yuka Hayashi for The Wall Street Journal: "World’s Emergency-Lending Capacity Is Getting Stretched as Crises Deepen"
Emily Rauhala for The Washington Post: "NATO Countries Offer Handful of New Pledges Amid Ukrainian Pleas on Air Defense"
Lawrence Richard for Fox News: "UN Condemns Russia's 'Attempted Illegal Annexation' of Four Ukraine Regions; Zelenskyy, Biden Applaud Vote"
Kevin Rudd for Foreign Affairs: "The World According to Xi Jinping"
Orville Schell for The Wire China: "The Tragedy of Taiwan’s Success"
Tracy Wilkinson for the Los Angeles Times: "Attempting to Reassert its Once-Dominant Influence, U.S. Has a Tough Sell in Latin America"
Book of the Week
By Alex Joske
"Mere years ago, Western governments chose to cooperate with China in the hope that it would liberalize, setting aside concerns about human rights abuses, totalitarian ambitions and espionage. But the axiom of China's 'peaceful rise' has been fundamentally challenged by the Chinese Communist Party's authoritarian behavior under Xi Jinping.
How did we get it wrong for so long?
Spies and Lies pierces the Ministry of State Security's walls of secrecy and reveals how agents of the Chinese Communist Party have spent decades manipulating the West’s attitudes – from an Australian prime minister to the U.S. Congress, prominent think tanks and the FBI – about China’s rise. Through interviews with defectors and intelligence officers, classified Chinese intelligence documents and original investigations, the book unmasks dozens of active Chinese intelligence officers along with global MSS fronts, including travel agencies, writers associations, publishing houses, alumni associations, newspapers, a Buddhist temple, a record company and charities."
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