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The Weekly Leaf: 11/4/22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva returned for his third term as president of Brazil after defeating Jair Bolsonaro, Benjamin Netanyahu emerged victorious after Israel's fifth election since 2019, and a cessation of hostilities was signed between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

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The 2022 Aspen Security Forum: D.C. Edition


This Week’s Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Stephen Biegun quoted by Nahal Toosi, Alexander Ward, and Matt Berg for POLITICO: "Should the U.S. Recognize North Korea as a Nuclear State?"

Thomas Donilon received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government

Peter Feaver interviewed by Eric Edelman and Eliot Cohen for The Bulwark: "Civilian Control"

Susan Glasser for The New Yorker: "Putin is Inventing a Whole New Kind of Nuclear Blackmail"

Michael J. Green for Foreign Affairs: "The Real China Hands"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "Why the Fabric of Iranian Repression Has Begun to Unravel"

Sam Nunn and Ernest Moniz for the Nuclear Threat Initiative: "NTI Statement on the 2022 Nuclear Posture Review"

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: "The Evolution of America's China Strategy"

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Carlos Bravo-Regidor, Franklin Foer, Lise Klaveness, and Michael Page in conversation with Andres Martinez for New America: "How 'Soft' is the Power of Sport?"


Rising Leaders in the News

"The Pickering and Rangel Fellowships have increased the number of Foreign Service generalists from underrepresented groups by 33% and the number of women by 6%."

ASG Rising Leader Kenya James ('22) for State Magazine: "Diversity Milestones"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Ravi Agrawal and Jon Bateman for Foreign Policy Playlist: "The Impact of Biden's Big Sanctions on Chinese Semiconductors"

Abdi Latif Dahir for The New York Times: "Details in Ethiopia's Peace Deal Reveal Clear Winners and Losers"

The Economist: "Olaf Scholz Leads a Blue-Chip Business Delegation to China"

Carrie Kahn for NPR: "Brazil's Bolsonaro Avoids Conceding Defeat, But Begins Transition to Winner Lula"

Lottie Limb for Euronews: "What is COP27? Everything You Need to Know About Egypt’s Landmark Climate Conference"

C. Raja Mohan for The Indian Express: "Why Foreign Capitals are Taking Note of Modi Government's Foreign Policy"

Ankit Panda for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: "Two Unusual Missile Launches Hint at a New Security Crisis in North Korea"

Shayndi Raice for The Wall Street Journal: "Benjamin Netanyahu Wins Another Shot at Leading Israel as Lapid Concedes"



Book of the Week

Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis By Martin J. Sherwin "In this groundbreaking look at the Cuban Missile Crisis, Martin Sherwin not only gives us a riveting sometimes hour-by-hour explanation of the crisis itself, but also explores the origins, scope, and consequences of the evolving place of nuclear weapons in the post-World War II world. Mining new sources and materials, and going far beyond the scope of earlier works on this critical face-off between the United States and the Soviet Union—triggered when Khrushchev began installing missiles in Cuba at Castro's behest—Sherwin shows how this volatile event was an integral part of the wider Cold War and was a consequence of nuclear arms. Gambling with Armageddon looks in particular at the original debate in the Truman Administration about using the Atomic Bomb; the way in which President Eisenhower relied on the threat of massive retaliation to project U.S. power in the early Cold War era; and how President Kennedy, though unprepared to deal with the Bay of Pigs debacle, came of age during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Here too is a clarifying picture of what was going on in Khrushchev's Soviet Union."


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