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The Weekly Leaf - February 18

The Weekly Leaf

This week, world leaders traveled to Germany for the Munich Security Conference, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announced her resignation, and World Bank President David Malpass announced that he will step down in June.

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The Aspen Strategy Group, the Mercator Institute for China Studies, and the Munich Security Conference were pleased to publish

at the 2023 Munich Security Conference focused on coordinating a transatlantic strategy vis-à-vis China.


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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons for Foreign Policy: "Why I Have Hope for Bipartisan Progress on U.S. Foreign Policy"

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Martha MacCallum for Fox News: "China Is the Greatest Strategic Threat to the U.S. in 21st Century"

Michael J. Green for United States Studies Centre: "Biden Had a Good January in Asia"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "Sometimes the Story Is About the Spies Who Aren't There"

David Petraeus interviewed by Peter Bergen for CNN: "How the War in Ukraine Will End"

Jack Reed quoted by Christopher Woody for Business Insider: "Ukraine Has Its Sights on U.S.-Made Fighter Jets, But Those Aren't Kyiv's 'Most Pressing Need,' Top Democrat Says"

David Sanger, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Rothkopf for Deep State Radio: "Balloonacy: The U.S. Military Triggers a Deflationary Spiral"

Dan Sullivan interviewed by Neil Cavuto for Fox News: "This Is Varsity Level Military Operations"

Lawrence H. Summers interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: "Summers Sees 'Turbulent' Time"

Robert Zoellick for The Washington Post: "Engage, Don't Cancel, China Over the Balloon"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Peter Baker for The New York Times: "Biden Tries to Calm Tensions Over Chinese Aerial Spying"

Lorne Cook for the AP: "NATO Chief Eyes Bigger Defense Budgets, Hard Spending Target"

The Economist: "Nicola Sturgeon Leaves With Scotland Split in Two"

Yuka Hayashi for The Wall Street Journal: "World Bank President David Malpass to Step Down Early"

Fiona Hill and Angela Stent for Foreign Affairs: "The Kremlin's Grand Delusions"

Andrea Mitchell interviewed Kamala Harris for MSNBC: "We Shot Down the Chinese Surveillance Balloon Because It Needed to Be Shot Down"

Hans Nichols for Axios: "Blinken Eyes Balloon Détente in Possible China Meeting"

Giulia Paravicini for Reuters: "Security and Food Crises Expected to Dominate African Union Summit"

David Preiss interviewed Stephen Hadley for the Chatter podcast: "Former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley's Reflections on Presidential Transitions"

Demetri Sevastopulo for the Financial Times: "Pentagon's Top China Official Visits Taiwan"


Book of the Week

Edited by Stephen J. Hadley, Peter D. Feaver, William C. Inboden, and Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Preface by Condoleezza Rice and Stephen J. Hadley

Foreword by President George W. Bush

"Hand-Off details the Bush administration’s national security and foreign policy as described at the time in then-classified Transition Memoranda prepared by the National Security Council experts who advised President Bush. Thirty of these Transition Memoranda, newly declassified and here made public for the first time, provide a detailed, comprehensive, and first-hand look at the foreign policy the Bush administration turned over to President Obama. In a postscript to each memorandum, these same experts now in hindsight take a remarkably self- critical look at that Bush foreign policy legacy after more than a dozen years of watching subsequent administrations attempt to deal with the same vexing agenda of threats and opportunities—China, Russia, Iran, the Middle East, terrorism, proliferation, cyber, pandemics, and climate change—an agenda that still dominates America’s national security and foreign policy.

Hand-Off will be an invaluable resource for scholars, students, policy analysts, and general readers seeking to understand afresh the Bush administration’s foreign policy, particularly in view of the records of the Obama, Trump, and Biden administrations."


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