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The Weekly Leaf - December 9

The Weekly Leaf

The 2022 Aspen Security Forum: D.C. Edition


VIP Opening Reception

Ingrida Šimonytė, Prime Minister of Lithuania

On military assistance... "I wish I had HIMARS in my pockets."

Moderator: Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN


Zbigniew Rau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland

"Russia, by this act of aggression, has destroyed the previous security architecture in Europe... There is no going back to business as usual."

Tobias Billström, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

“When we are NATO members, all the states who have a coastline on the Baltic Sea will be NATO members bar one: Russia.”

Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finland

“What we are bringing to NATO is a peaceful border [with Russia] and hopefully it will remain like that.”

Tobias Lindner, Minister of State, Germany

“Our assessment is Russia cannot be a reliable partner even after this war might end.”

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


Kathleen Hicks, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense

"What keeps me up at night? It’s making sure that we are overturning bureaucracy at every opportunity to get capabilities to the warfighter as fast as possible.”

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Executive Director, Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum

“The tectonic plates of the international system are shifting… so you are seeing a shifting of alliances”


Arati Prabhakar, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

While the United States has long assumed that it has “decades of technological advantages in every area, that is not the world anymore.”

Chris Coons, U.S. Senator for Delaware

“In the Cold War, technologies were predominantly military or civilian. Today, critical military technologies are also civilian technologies.”

Todd Young, U.S. Senator for Indiana

“We need to think about what is the next thing over the horizon that we might be missing (e.g. critical minerals).”

Moderator: Edward Luce, U.S. National Editor, Financial Times


Martha Koome, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya

“You need to have justice to have peace, you need to have justice to have security, and you need justice to have prosperity.”

Moderator: Steve Clemons, Founding Editor at Large, Semafor


Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs, National Security Council

“What I saw in Bali was a China that, in the short and initial medium term, is also interested in stabilizing U.S.-China relations.”

Moderator: Joseph Nye, Co-Chair, Aspen Strategy Group, and Dean Emeritus, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University


Mary Brooks, Public Policy Fellow, The Wilson Center

Yanique Campbell, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Brian Mongeau, Principal, First In Ventures

Anand Raghuraman, Director, Global Public Policy, Mastercard

Geo Saba, Chief of Staff, Office of U.S. Representative Ro Khanna

Moderator: Niamh King, Director, Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum

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