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The Weekly Leaf - August 18

The Weekly Leaf

This week, President Biden hosted Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida and President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol at Camp David, the West African bloc ECOWAS met to discuss a possible military intervention in response to the coup in Niger, and Hawaii experienced the deadliest wildfires in the U.S. in more than a century.

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Revisit the 2023 Aspen Security Forum


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Sylvia Burwell interviewed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at American University for C-SPAN

Peter Feaver quoted by Dan Lamothe and Hannah Dormido for The Washington Post: “See Where Sen. Tommy Tuberville Is Blocking 301 Military Promotions”

Michael J. Green for the United States Studies Centre: “America Is Still Australia’s Best Bet”

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “Blinken and Biden Are Building a Foreign Policy Framework to Last”

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: “How Do We Fix the Scandal That Is American Healthcare?"

Joseph Nye interviewed by The Global Times: “China Is Not an Existential Threat to the U.S.”

Condoleezza Rice, Fei-Fei Li, Peter Norvig, Erik Brynjolfsson, and Percy Liang for the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence: “Stanford HAI Brings Congressional Staff to AI School”

David Sanger and Peter Baker for The New York Times: “Biden Orders Ban on New Investments in China’s Sensitive High-Tech Industries”

Larry Summers interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: “Summers Says Longer-Term Rates Not at ‘Any Kind of Peak’”


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Ravi Agrawal for Foreign Policy: "Why America Has a New Tech Ambassador"

Emil Avdaliani for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: “What’s Behind China’s Strategic Partnership With Georgia?”

Henri J. Barley for Foreign Affairs: “Erdogan the Survivor: Washington Needs a New Approach to Turkey’s Improviser in Chief”

Peter Beaumont for The Guardian: "West African Bloc Prepared for Military Intervention After Niger Coup"

Alastair Gale and Timothy W. Martin for The Wall Street Journal: "Biden’s First Camp David Summit Looks to Align Allies Facing China Threat"

Rose Gottemoeller for The Economist: "Russian Attacks Would Be Far Worse Without NATO’s 'Proximity' Deterrence, Argues Rose Gottemoeller"

Edward Luce spoke with Christo Grozev for Lunch with the FT: "Bellingcat's Christo Grozev: 'Prigozhin Will Either Be Dead or There Will Be a Second Coup’”

Nicolette Mehran for the Council on Foreign Relations: "How Women’s National Soccer Teams Are Advocating for Equality"

Claire Rush, Seth Borenstein, and Jennifer McDermott for AP News: "Maui's Fire Became Deadly Fast. Climate Change, Flash Drought, Invasive Grass, and More Fueled It"

Constanze Stelzenmüller for Brookings Institution: "The Return of the Enemy: Putin's War on Ukraine and a Cognitive Blockage in Western Security Policy"

Linda Thomas-Greenfield interviewed by Ian Bremmer for GZERO World: “The UN, Russia, Sudan & the Power of Diplomacy”


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation about the future of U.S. space policy from the

Salvatore 'Tory' Bruno, CEO, United Launch Alliance

John Plumb, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Ezinne Uzo-Okoro, Assistant Director for Space Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Moderator: David Ignatius, Columnist, The Washington Post


Book of the Week

By Mark T. Esper

“From June of 2019 until his firing by President Trump after the November 2020 election, Secretary Mark T. Esper led the Department of Defense through an unprecedented time in history—a period marked by growing threats and conflict abroad, a global pandemic unseen in a century, the greatest domestic unrest in two generations, and a White House seemingly bent on breaking accepted norms and conventions for political advantage. A Sacred Oath is Secretary Esper’s unvarnished and candid memoir of those extraordinary and dangerous times, and includes events and moments never before told.”


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