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The Weekly Leaf - April 21

The Weekly Leaf

This week, fighting broke out in Khartoum between the army and paramilitary forces, foreign minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov visited countries in Latin America, and president of Colombia Gustavo Petro visited Washington.

Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons interviewed by Anita Powell for VOA: "U.S. Senator Chris Coons on Africa, Leaked Documents"

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Martha MacCallum for Fox News: "Americans Need to Stay Out of Russia"

Robert Gates for The Washington Post: "The U.S. Needs to Relearn How to Tell Its Story to the World"

Michael J. Green, Jude Blanchette, Paul Haenle, and Faryar Shirzad for The Asia Chessboard podcast: "A Crucial Decade: China Policy During the George W. Bush Administration"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "An Age of Deconfliction May Be Dawning on the Middle East"

Meghan O'Sullivan, Stephen Hadley, Meena Bose, and Ann Compton for the Council on Foreign Relations: "Lessons From History Series Meeting: The Foreign Policy Legacy of the George W. Bush Administration"

David Petraeus interviewed by Vazha Tavberidze for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: "Ukraine War a Clear-Cut Case of 'Right Versus Wrong,' Says Petraeus"

David Sanger, William Broad, and Chris Buckley for The New York Times: "3 Nuclear Superpowers, Rather Than 2, Usher in a New Strategic Era"

Dan Sullivan statement: "Sullivan Calls for Release of Vladimir Kara-Murza and All Other Political Prisoners in Russia"

Lawrence H. Summers interviewed by Ravi Agrawal for Foreign Policy: "It’s Dangerous When Everyone Is a China Hawk"


Rising Leaders in the News

"If trust in institutions is a sign of a healthy democracy, digitization presents boundless opportunities to cultivate it."

ASG Rising Leader Arthur Nelson ('22) and Gavin Wilde for Cyberscoop: "How Cyber Support to Ukraine Can Build Its Democratic Future"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Lily Bayer for POLITICO: "Your Place Is In NATO, Alliance Chief Tells Ukraine on First Wartime Visit"

Steve Clemons interviewed Kevin Baron and Matt Dimmick for Al Jazeera: "What Do the Leaked Pentagon Papers Tell Us About the Ukraine War?"

Matthew P. Funaiole, Brian Hart, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Aidan Powers-Riggs for CSIS: "Frozen Frontiers: China's Great Power Ambitions in the Polar Regions"

Benjamin Haddad for Foreign Policy: "Macron Said Out Loud What Europeans Really Think About China"

Gordon Lubold and Vivian Salama for The Wall Street Journal: "Pentagon Plans for Possible Evacuation of U.S. Embassy in Sudan"

Edward Luce for the Financial Times: "Janet Yellen Offers an Olive Branch to China"

Andrea Mitchell interviewed Abigail Spanberger for MSNBC: "Rep. Spanberger: 'There Has To Be an Assessment’ of Counterintelligence Efforts After DOD Leaks"

Tim Murithi for Foreign Affairs: "Order of Oppression: Africa's Quest for a New International System"

Dave Sherwood for Reuters: "Russia's Lavrov in Havana on Latin America Drive to Shore Up Support"

Vivianne Wandera for Semafor: "Kenya Is Going to Space to Fix Local Problems"

Tracy Wilkinson and Courtney Subramanian for the Los Angeles Times: "'Colombia Is the Key to the Hemisphere,' Biden Tells Its President at White House"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation on the global views of the great power competition between the West, Russia, and China from the 2022 Aspen Security Forum.

Jendayi Frazer, Former Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Martin Kimani, Permanent Ambassador of Kenya to the UN

Ashok Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the U.S.

Moderator: Amy Walter, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The Cook Political Report


Book of the Week

By Paul Tucker

"Can the international economic and legal system survive today’s fractured geopolitics? Democracies are facing a drawn-out contest with authoritarian states that is entangling much of public policy with global security issues. In Global Discord, Paul Tucker lays out principles for a sustainable system of international cooperation, showing how democracies can deal with China and other illiberal states without sacrificing their deepest political values. Drawing on three decades as a central banker and regulator, Tucker applies these principles to the international monetary order, including the role of the U.S. dollar, trade and investment regimes, and the financial system."


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