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The Weekly Leaf - December 16

The Weekly Leaf


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Zoë Baird at the Aspen Security Forum: D.C. Edition: “A Fireside Chat with Zoë Baird and Kent Walker”

Chris Coons, Prince Harry, and Hailemariam Dessalegn Boshe for HuffPost: “The Future of Conservation Is Taking Shape in Africa”

Michael J. Green, Jude Blanchette, and Pete Connolly on The Asia Chessboard: “Chinese Statecraft in the Pacific Islands”

Naima Green-Riley joined a panel at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy: “Internationalist University Policies in a Fractured World Order”

Jane Harman for The Washington Post: “Facing a Divided Congress, Biden Should Dust Off a Powerful But Simple Tool”

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: “Are We in the West Weaker Than Ukrainians?”

Anja Manuel and Kathleen Hicks at the Aspen Security Forum: D.C. Edition: “Fireside Chat with Kathleen Hicks”

Lawrence H. Summers on Bloomberg’s Wall Street Week: “May See Catastrophic Hit to China Health System”

Robert B. Zoellick for the The Wall Street Journal: “Decisions the West Must Make on the Russia-Ukraine War in 2023”


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Peter Aitken and David Trulio for Fox News: “Sweden Touts Nuclear Energy as Remedy to Russian Dependence, High Prices, ‘A Dire Situation’”

Joe Gould for Defense News: “AUKUS Still Faces Red Tape, Australian Officials Say”''

Georgina Gustin for Inside Climate News: “Climate Change Is Driving Millions to the Precipice of a ‘Raging Food Catastrophe’”

Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom for Reuters: “U.S. Says China Seeks Stabilized Relations with Washington, in Short Term”

John McLaughlin for Grid News: “A Putin Nuclear Strike on Ukraine? A Chinese Attack Against Taiwan? How the U.S. Prepares for Global Nightmares”

Polish News: “Zbigniew Rau at the Aspen Security Forum: I Cannot Imagine Europe Defending Itself Without the U.S.”

David Vergun for DOD News: “Hicks Says U.S. Strengthening Indo-Pacific Alliances”


Book of the Week

By the Aspen Strategy Group Rising Leaders Class of 2022

The Aspen Strategy Group is proud to announce the release of On the Rise: Perspectives on Foreign Policy, the capstone project of the Rising Leaders Program Class of 2022. The Rising Leaders Program fosters the development of young foreign policy and national security leaders, encouraging them to work together on complex global challenges. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and political affiliations, all Rising Leaders have one thing in common—their passion for national security and foreign policy.

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.


Class of 2023 Rising Leaders Applications Open

The Aspen Strategy Group has been strongly committed to cultivating the next generation of leaders in national security and foreign policy since its inception. Now entering its third year, the Rising Leaders Program is a one-year program for young professionals to contribute to the conversation on the most pressing international challenges while honing their leadership skills. Applications will close December 18 at 11:59 PM ET


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