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The Weekly Leaf - December 15

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the European Union agreed to open accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova, Jake Sullivan traveled to the Middle East, Donald Tusk was sworn in as prime minister of Poland, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with U.S. lawmakers in Washington.

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Revisit the 2023 Aspen Security Forum: DC Edition


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons at COP28: “Bipartisan Senate Delegation Delivers Strong Messages at COP28”

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Jake Tapper for CNN: “U.S. Needs to ‘Stay in the Fight’ & Fund Ukraine”

Michael Froman interviewed by Del Irani for NHK World-Japan: "The Future of U.S.-China Economic Relations"

Susan Glasser for The New Yorker: "A Congressional Christmas Gift to Putin"

Michael J. Green and Jude Blanchette for The Asia Chessboard podcast: "The Sino-Russian Strategic Alignment"

Kay Bailey Hutchison interviewed by Natasha Fatah for CBCNN 

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Ran Into a New Reality of War”

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: "So Many Child Deaths in Gaza, and for What?"

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: “American Exceptionalism in 2024”

David Petraeus interviewed by Mike Cummings for Yale News: "General David Petraeus on the Evolution of Modern Warfare"

Condoleezza Rice interviewed Marc Andreessen for The Hoover Institution: Stanford Emerging Technology Review

David Sanger interviewed by Rosemary Church for CNN: “Zelensky in U.S. Trying to Break Deadlock in U.S. Congress Over Aid for Ukraine”

Lawrence H. Summers interviewed by Robert Armstrong and Ethan Wu for the Financial Times: "Larry Summers: We Haven’t Nailed the Landing Yet"

Philip Zelikow for Foreign Affairs: “The Atrophy of American Statecraft”


Tweet of the Week


Rising Leaders in the News

"The Philippines is in a delicate situation with its energy security and clean energy future… The United States has an interest in providing its expertise, private sector investment, and government support, especially as the U.S. government announces four new military sites in the Philippines."

April Arnold ('22) for the Pacific Forum's recent publication Anchoring the U.S.-Philippine Alliance: "U.S.-Philippines Energy Cooperation"


Keome Rowe ('23) interviewed by Chris Hyslop for the Montana World Affairs Council: "Country in Focus - South Korea"


Congratulations to Marcus Coleman ('23) who was selected as the Meta-Leader of the Year by the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University!


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Ruth Comerford and Leonardo Rocha for the BBC: "Essequibo Dispute: Venezuela and Guyana Agree Not to Use Force"

Peter Dickinson for the Atlantic Council: "Historic Breakthrough for Ukraine as EU Agrees to Begin Membership Talks"

Gabriel Dominguez for The Japan Times: “With Eye on China, Japan and ASEAN to Unveil ‘New Vision’ for Ties”

Lautaro Grinspan for Foreign Policy: “Will Milei Rewrite Argentina’s History?”

Eva Hartog for POLITICO: "Where Is Navalny? Putin’s Nemesis Goes Missing"

Firat Kozok for Bloomberg: “Turkey Says No Rush to Finalize Sweden’s Bid to Join NATO”

Aidan Lewis and Amina Ismail for Reuters: "Egypt's Sisi Cruises Towards Victory in Subdued Election"

Gordon Lubold, Andrew Restuccia, and Dov Lieber for The Wall Street Journal: “U.S. Presses Israel to Begin Winding Down Gaza War

Lisa Mascaro, Stephen Groves, and Aamer Madhani for the AP: "Zelenskyy Pleads for Ukraine Aid at Capitol and White House, Says to U.S.: Our Fight Is Yours"

Aaron David Miller, Ami Ayalon, and Efraim Halevy for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: "The Israeli-Hamas War: Intelligence, Strategy, and the Day After"

Sylvia Pfeifer and Kana Inagaki for the Financial Times: "UK Chosen as Headquarters for Fighter Jet Project With Japan and Italy"

Fareed Zakaria for Foreign Affairs: “The Self-Doubting Superpower: America Shouldn’t Give Up on the World It Made”


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation on the future of Western support for Ukraine from the 2023 Aspen Security Forum: DC Edition.

Brendan Boyle, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's Second District

Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center; Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy & Security, Atlantic Council 

Constanze Stelzenmüller, Director, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

ModeratorSusan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker


Book of the Week

By the ASG Rising Leaders Class of 2023

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Through the year-long program, participants exchange ideas on critical foreign policy issues with key decisionmakers—and each other—under the aegis of the Aspen Strategy Group. This publication is the product of these vital conversations and presents the Rising Leaders’ perspectives on key challenges in U.S. foreign policy and national security.


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