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The Weekly Leaf: 6/25/20


This Week's Reads

Each week, we are pleased to share key insight and highlights from our Aspen Strategy Group members.


Nicholas Burns in Harvard Magazine: The Indispensable Power: On Restoring American Leadership through Diplomacy

Michele Flournoy in Foreign Affairs: How to Prevent a War in Asia

Joseph Nye in The Hill: Can We Recover our Soft Power?

Penny Pritzker chairs a report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: U.S. Foreign Policy for the Middle Class

David Sanger in The New York Times: Two Years After Trump-Kim Meeting, Little to Show for Personal Diplomacy

James Steinberg in Foreign Affairs: The Vision Thing: Is Grand Strategy Dead?

Philip Zelikow in Foreign Affairs: The Rise of Strategic Corruption: How States Weaponize Graft

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Hal Brands, Peter Feaver, & William Inboden in Foreign Affairs: In Defense of the Blob: America's Foreign Policy Establishment is the Solution, Not the Problem

Carter Malkasian in Foreign Affairs: How the Good War Went Bad: America's Slow-Motion Failure in Afghanistan

Gideon Rose in The New York Times: How Can the U.S. Fix its Foreign Policy?

Book of the Week

Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World

From former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Robert Gates, author of the acclaimed best-selling memoir, Duty, comes a candid, sweeping examination of U.S. power in all its manifestations, and how it has been exercised, for good and for bad, by American presidents in the post-Cold War world.















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