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The Weekly Leaf - April 7

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Finland officially joined NATO, President of France Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with President of China Xi Jinping in Beijing, and Iran and Saudi Arabia announced they would reopen embassies in their respective countries in a meeting brokered by China.

Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Stephen E. Biegun named Senior Vice President at The Boeing Company

Chris Coons' statement on political developments in Kenya

Mark T. Esper interviewed by John Roberts for Fox News: "U.S. Must Respond to Chinese Actions"

Peter Feaver interviewed by Eliot Cohen and Eric Edelman for The Bulwark: "Presidential Transitions and the Freedom Agenda"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "U.S. Central Command Finally Gets a Taste of Disruption"

Sam Nunn and Ernest J. Moniz for Foreign Affairs: "Confronting the New Nuclear Peril"

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: "Is Globalization Over?"

David Petraeus interviewed by James Lewis for the Renew Democracy Initiative: "'You Actually Can Feel This Battlefield.'- General David Petraeus, War in Ukraine"

David Rubenstein interviewed by Adam Kansler and Joe Cass for S&P Global Ratings: "David Rubenstein on Private Markets, Investment Regrets, Interviewing Elon Musk & His New Book"

David Sanger interviewed by Don Lemon and Kaitlin Collins for CNN: "This Is What Journalist Was Working on Before Getting Arrested in Russia"

Frances Townsend interviewed by Andrew Kaufmann and David Kramer for The Bush Center: "Opportunity, Security, and the American Dream"


Rising Leaders in the News

ASG Rising Leader Marcus Coleman ('23) interviewed by Linsey Davis for ABC: "FEMA Spokesperson on 'Devastating and Traumatic' Mississippi Tornadoes"


"While the overall goal remains restoring Ukraine’s full territorial integrity, setting a clear benchmark for an interim victory would provide an anchor point for Western publics in the strategic communication of this war."

ASG Rising Leader Liana Fix ('23) for Foreign Policy: "How to Benchmark Victory in Ukraine"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Silvia Amaro for CNBC: "Finland Officially Becomes a Member of NATO, Doubling the Military Alliance's Border With Russia"

Jason Bordoff and Karen Young for Foreign Policy: "OPEC+ Cut Shows Saudi Geopolitical Ambitions"

Morgan Chalfant for Semafor: "Inside Kevin McCarthy's Meeting With Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen"

Reid Hoffman interviewed by Mario Gabriele for The Generalist: "Modern Meditations: Reid Hoffman"

Stephen Kalin, Keith Zhai, and David Cloud for The Wall Street Journal: "Saudi, Iranian Foreign Ministers Agree to Resume Flights After Beijing Meeting"

Martin Kimani's statement on the reform of the UN Security Council

Chris Miller for NikkeiAsia: "U.S. Allies Are on Board for China Chip Tech Controls After All"

Priyanka Shankar for Deutsche Welle: "Can Macron and von der Leyen Smooth EU-China Relations?"

Audrey Tang quoted by Peter Coy for The New York Times: "Can A.I. and Democracy Fix Each Other?"


From the Archives

Following Finland’s accession to NATO, revisit our conversation on European defense with the foreign ministers of Finland, Sweden, Germany, and Poland from the 2022 Aspen Security Forum: DC Edition.

Tobias Billström, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finland

Tobias Lindner, Minister of State, Germany

Zbigniew Rau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland

Moderator: Peter Spiegel, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times


Book of the Week

By Caroline Criado Perez

"Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems.

And women pay tremendous costs for this bias in time, money, and sometimes with their lives. Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates the shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in Invisible Women, diving into women’s lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor’s office, and more."


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