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The Weekly Leaf - April 28

The Weekly Leaf

This week, President Biden hosted president of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol for a state visit, the U.S. embassy in Khartoum was evacuated, and India is expected to surpass China as the world's most populous nation in the coming days.

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Greta Van Susteren for Newsmax: "We're 'Days' Away From Ukraine Counteroffensive"

Michael J. Green et al. for the United States Studies Centre: "USSC Insights: Australia's Defence Strategic Review Underlines Deterrence by Denial"

Kay Bailey Hutchison interviewed by Annmarie Hordern and Joe Mathieu for Bloomberg: "What Ukraine Is Asking for Is Reasonable Says Hutchison"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "South Korea-U.S. Partnership Is an Epic Success. We Need to Keep It That Way."

Meghan O'Sullivan and Jason Bordoff interviewed by Andrea Mitchell for MSNBC: "Effects of Climate Change ‘Exacerbating’ Divide Between Rich and Poor Countries"

David Petraeus interviewed by Beatrice Heuser and Paul O’Neill for the Royal United Services Institute: "Petraeus’s ‘Big Four’: Brainstorm, Communicate, Implement, Assess"

Penny Pritzker interviewed by Katie Mulligan for the Association for Corporate Growth: GrowthTV: "Investing in Ideals: A Conversation with Penny Pritzker"

Jack Reed interviewed by Stacie Pettyjohn for CNAS: "Fireside Chat with Senator Jack Reed"

David Sanger and Choe Sang-Hun for The New York Times: "Inside Biden’s Renewed Promise to Protect South Korea From Nuclear Weapons"

Lawrence H. Summers interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: "De-Dollarization Hype"

Philip Zelikow for TIME: "How America Lost the Covid-19 War"


Rising Leaders in the News

"U.S. officials must impress on Beijing the United States’ patience and steely resolve in supporting the Ukrainian war effort. Demonstrating this fortitude and commitment to Ukraine’s cause should help Beijing see more starkly the risks of widening the war."

ASG Rising Leader Liana Fix ('23) and Michael Kimmage for Foreign Affairs: "How China Could Save Putin’s War in Ukraine"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Khaled Abdelaziz and Nafisa Eltahir for Reuters: "Sudan's Factions Say They Agree to Extend Truce But Fighting Goes On"

Ivo Daalder interviewed by Ian Bremmer for GZERO World: "Odds of NATO-Russia War Rising"

Howard French for Foreign Policy: "Why Lula’s Visit to Beijing Matters More Than Macron’s"

Jane Harman for The Hill: "How Far Will the U.S. Go to Defend Israel?"

Tom Housden for the BBC: "Australian Defence Review Plots Pivot From Armour to Missiles"

Courtney Kube for NBC: "Taliban Kill Mastermind of Kabul Airport Bombing That Killed 13 U.S. Service Members"

Gordon Lubold for The Wall Street Journal: "The U.S. Military Relies on One Louisiana Factory. It Blew Up."

Luke Patey for the Wire China: "Can the European Union Overcome its Deep Reliance on China's Critical Minerals Supply Chain?"

Gideon Rachman for the Financial Times: "How to Stop a War Between America and China"

Constanze Stelzenmüller for the Financial Times: "Germany's China Dilemma Takes on a New Urgency"

Jake Sullivan interviewed by David Wessel for the Brookings Institution: "The Biden Administration’s International Economic Agenda"


Spotlight: U.S. - EU Tech Partnership

"As we continue to support Ukraine, we must also capitalise on our current unity, look to the future, and cement a strategic alignment on the technologies that will shape the world of tomorrow."

Eva Maydell and Yll Bajraktari for Euractiv: "The U.S. - European Tech Partnership Should Be Renewed and Deepened"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation on military innovation and the future of warfare from the 2022 Aspen Security Forum.

Frank Kendall, 26th Secretary, U.S. Air Force

Moderator: David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post


Book of the Week

Directed by Philip Zelikow

"Our national leaders have drifted into treating the pandemic as though it were an unavoidable natural catastrophe, repeating a depressing cycle of panic followed by neglect. So a remarkable group of practitioners and scholars from many backgrounds came together determined to discover and learn lessons from this latest world war. Lessons from the Covid War is plain-spoken and clear sighted. It cuts through the enormous jumble of information to make some sense of it all and answer: What just happened to us, and why? And crucially, how, next time, could we do better? Because there will be a next time.

The Covid war showed Americans that their wondrous scientific knowledge had run far ahead of their organized ability to apply it in practice. Improvising to fight this war, many Americans displayed ingenuity and dedication. But they struggled with systems that made success difficult and failure easy. This book shows how Americans can come together, learn hard truths, build on what worked, and prepare for global emergencies to come."


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