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The Weekly Leaf: 10/21/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Liz Truss announced her resignation as U.K. Prime Minister and Xi Jinping opened the 20th Communist Party Congress in Beijing.

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The 2022 Aspen Security Forum: D.C. Edition


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Michael Froman, Susan Schwab, Ronald Kirk, Charlene Barshefsky, and Carla Hills for CSIS: "A Conversation with Former U.S. Trade Representatives"

Michael Green in conversation with Keisha A. Brown for the United States Studies Centre: "Blackness in China: Tensions and Solidarity"

Kay Bailey Hutchison interviewed by Terry Moran and Kyra Phillips for ABC News: "U.S. Responds to Russia’s Deadly Kamikaze Drone Attacks in Kyiv"

David Ignatius, Graham Allison, and Nina Khrushcheva for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs: "Nuclear Threats: Putin and the Cuban Missile Crisis"

Dina Powell McCormick announced as the new chair of the Robin Hood Foundation

Sam Nunn interviewed by Jim Burress for WABE Atlanta: "Nuclear Disarmament Expert Gives Russian Threat Assessment"

Joseph Nye for the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs: "FP Toolbox: Soft Power"

Condoleezza Rice in conversation with Antony Blinken for the Hoover Institution: "National Security, Diplomacy, and Technology"

David Sanger for HBO: "Year One: A Political Odyssey"

Anne-Marie Slaughter for the Financial Times: "America Must Be Serious About Cross-Border Challenges"


Rising Leaders in the News

"It is our generational responsibility to translate the bold biodefense and pandemic preparedness vision outlined across our biopreparedness plans into concrete action that will protect the United States and the world."

– ASG Rising Leader Steph Guerra ('22), Matt Hepburn, and Andrew Hebbeler for the White House's "2022 National Biodefense Strategy"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Nicholas Bariyo for The Wall Street Journal: "Catastrophic Flooding in Nigeria Uproots Millions and Severs Gas Production"

Richard Haass for Project Syndicate: "The New Nuclear Era"

Fiona Hill interviewed by Maura Reynolds for POLITICO: "Elon Musk Is Transmitting a Message for Putin"

Ivana Kottasova for CNN: "Kamikaze Drones Are the Latest Threat for Ukraine. Here's What We Know"

Robert Pape for Foreign Affairs: "Bombing to Lose"

Kevin Rudd interviewed by Anne McElvoy for The Economist: "Where Will Xi Jinping Take China Next?"

Leo Sands and Adela Suliman for The Washington Post: "Why Liz Truss Resigned as U.K. Prime Minister: A Guide to the Chaos"

Ivana Saric for Axios: "French Cement Company to Pay $780 Million for Supporting ISIS"

Ali Shihabi and Danielle Pletka interviewed by Steve Clemons for Al Jazeera: "Do Relations with Saudi Arabia Still Serve U.S. Interests?"



Book of the Week

Overreach: How China Derailed Its Peaceful Rise

By Susan Shirk

"For three decades after Mao's death in 1976, China's leaders adopted a restrained approach to foreign policy. They determined that any threat to their power, and that of the Chinese Communist Party, came not from abroad but from within―a conclusion cemented by the 1989 Tiananmen crisis. To facilitate the country's inexorable economic ascendance, and to prevent a backlash, they reassured the outside world of China's peaceful intentions.

Then... something changed. China went from fragile superpower to global heavyweight, threatening Taiwan as well as its neighbors in the South China Sea, tightening its grip on Hong Kong, and openly challenging the United States for preeminence not just economically and technologically but militarily. China began to overreach. Combining her decades of research and experience, Shirk argues that we are now fully embroiled in a new cold war. To explain what happened, Shirk pries open the 'black box' of China's political system and looks at what derailed its peaceful rise."


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