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The Weekly Leaf - December 30

Updated: Dec 31, 2022

Weekly Leaf


2022 YEAR IN REVIEW


The Aspen Strategy Group (ASG) thanks you for your support this year and invites you to look back at some highlights from across our work in 2022. This summer, we were pleased to return to Aspen, CO for the 13th Annual Aspen Security Forum and the ASG Summer Workshop. In December, the now annual Aspen Security Forum: D.C. Edition was held for the second time and our second class of the Rising Leaders Program graduated. If you missed any of our programming or are looking for more information about our work, please visit our website.

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Highlights From Aspen

In his first public interview outside of the UK, Chief of MI6 Richard Moore joined us in Aspen to answer questions from moderator Jim Sciutto on topics ranging from the war in Ukraine to the allied withdrawal from Afghanistan. His discussion on the challenges posed by a rising China and allied intelligence efforts during the Russian invasion of Ukraine was viewed over 23,000 times.

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"There will be no winners, only losers from a new Cold War." Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the U.S Qin Gang spoke with Edward Luce about the state of U.S.-China relations and diplomatic strategies to keep competition from degrading into conflict. Ambassador Qin described Taiwan as the "most sensitive important core issue" in the U.S.-China relationship.

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Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo sat down with ASG member David Ignatius to discuss the formation and enforcement of the 'KleptoCapture' Task Force and the "REPO: Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs" program in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Towards a New Rules-Based Order

The ASG Summer Workshop this year was dedicated to formulating a multi-dimensional grand strategy to help shape a new global rules-based order favorable to democratic values. We were proud to publish reflections from the workshop in Towards a New Rules-Based Order, a collection of papers encapsulating a selection of ideas and recommendations from the meeting. The pieces examine different dimensions of today’s shifting international environment from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the global security order to adaptive economic institutions and NATO’s renewed importance on the world stage. We were also pleased to feature a selection of pieces our participants published in other major media outlets after the discussions.

 

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Highlights From D.C.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks sat down with ASG Executive Director Anja Manuel to discuss U.S. defense priorities, ranging from innovation in the DOD to how the new Congress will approach providing support for Ukraine. Hicks emphasized that the primary challenge for the DOD is China: “That is the centerpiece that I work on every day.”

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“You need to have justice to have peace, you need to have justice to have security, and you need justice to have prosperity.” In conversation with Steve Clemons, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kenya Martha Koome underscored the importance of the justice system in Kenya and discussed the role that the Supreme Court played in the nation’s elections this August as well as the importance of people-centered justice that “services the people.”

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The Foreign Ministers of Poland, Finland, and Sweden—Zbigniew Rau, Pekka Haavisto, and Tobias Billström respectively—and Minister of State of Germany, Tobias Lindner, were joined by Peter Spiegel to discuss the war in Ukraine, European cooperation, NATO accession, and the global energy crisis.

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ASG RISING LEADERS CLASS OF 2022

The second cohort of the ASG Rising Leaders Programjoined us for an exciting year of programming, which included their participation at both of this year’s Aspen Security Forums. Their collection of policy papers entitled On the Rise: Perspectives on Foreign Policy has been published here and we were pleased to feature members of the Class of 2022 onstage at the D.C. Forum to discuss their capstone papers.

 

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2022 SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS

We were honored to welcome 124 speakers and moderators on our stages in Aspen and Washington, D.C. this year. This included speakers from fifteen countries, including Bahrain, China, Estonia, Finland, Israel, Kenya, Poland, the United Kingdom, and more!

 

Special Thanks to Our ASF Supporters


And Our Media Partners

 

We look forward to another exciting year in 2023. In the meantime, our best wishes for a happy holiday season!

 
 

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