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The Weekly Leaf: 10/28/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the 25th Secretary of Defense and ASG member, Ashton B. Carter, passed away, Rishi Sunak became the Prime Minister of the U.K., and Xi Jinping was selected to remain as leader of the Chinese Communist Party for a record third term.

Read more below.


The 2022 Aspen Security Forum: D.C. Edition


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Jane Harman, Glenn Nye, Matthew Kroenig, Kari Bingen, and Michael Turner for the Atlantic Council: "Intelligence Community and Intelligence Committee Reform"

Kay Bailey Hutchison for the Dallas Morning News: "Global Security Disorder"

David Ignatius interviewed Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for The Washington Post

David Petraeus interviewed by Alican Ayanlar for TRT World: "One-On-One With Former Director of the CIA"

David Rubenstein interviewed Tom Brokaw on For the Ages: A History Podcast

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Candace Rondeaux for Security and Defense PLuS: "Some Awkward Truths About AUKUS"

Jim Steinberg and General John "Jay" Raymond on the new partnership between SAIS and Space Force

Dan Sullivan and Rahm Emanuel met Japanese leaders in Tokyo at the Alaska LNG Summit

Lawrence Summers interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg on the Japanese economy

Philip Zelikow interviewed by Matt Kelly for UVAToday: "Diplomacy, Military Power Combined to Settle Superpower Dispute Over Missiles in Cuba"

Robert Zoellick for The Wall Street Journal: "Russian Cash Can Keep Ukraine Alive This Winter"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Ravi Agrawal for Foreign Policy: "China Has Entered 'Maximum Xi'"

David Barbozza interviewed Cai Xai for The Wire China: "On How Xi Jinping Overturned the Pillars of Marxism"

Emma Belcher and Tom Collina for The National Interest: "How Can We Prevent Nuclear War in Ukraine?"

Farnaz Fassihi and Cora Engelbrecht for The New York Times: "Memorials for Two Young Women Killed in Iran Galvanize Protests"

Henry Mance for the Financial Times: "Rishi Sunak: Ambitious Pragmatist Returns to Take Tory Leadership"

Audrey Tang interviewed by Zeinab Badawi for BBC Hard Talk: "Can Taiwan Forge Its Own Path?"


A Tribute to Ashton B. Carter

Secretary Carter was an inspiring leader committed to bipartisanship and service throughout his impactful career.

Read our full statement here.



Book of the Week

By Julian Gewirtz

"On a hike in Guangdong Province in January 1984, Deng Xiaoping was warned that his path was a steep and treacherous one. 'Never turn back,' the Chinese leader replied. That became a mantra as the government forged ahead with reforms in the face of heated contestation over the nation’s future. For a time, everything was on the table, including democratization and China’s version of socialism. But deliberation came to a sudden halt in spring 1989, with protests and purges, massacre and repression. Since then, Beijing has worked intensively to suppress the memory of this era of openness.

Julian Gewirtz recovers the debates of the 1980s, tracing the Communist Party’s diverse attitudes toward markets, state control, and sweeping technological change, as well as freewheeling public argument over political liberalization... Using newly available Chinese sources, Gewirtz details how the leadership purged the key reformist politician Zhao Ziyang, quashed the student movement, recast the transformations of the 1980s as the inevitable products of consensus, and indoctrinated China and the international community in the new official narrative."


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