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The Weekly Leaf - February 23

The Weekly Leaf

This week, a bipartisan U.S. congressional delegation visited Taiwan; mediators from the U.S., Qatar, Egypt, and Israel met in Paris to negotiate a potential Gaza cease-fire deal; and the Biden administration announced more than 500 new sanctions on Russia, ahead of the two-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine. 

Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Stephen E. Biegun et al. signed a joint statement for Freedom House: “Biden Administration Must Accelerate Efforts to Free Kara-Murza”

Chris Coons quoted by Maya Gebeily for Reuters: “U.S. Senators Say It Is ‘Urgent’ for Hezbollah-Israel War to De-Escalate Soon”

Peter D. Feaver for Foreign Affairs: “The Real Challenge of Trump 2.0”

Jendayi Frazer, Joseph Siegle, Ivan Sigal, Peter Pomerantsev, and moderator Josh Rogin for the National Endowment for Democracy: “Winning the Battle of Ideas”

Robert Gates interviewed by David Ignatius for The Washington Post Live: “Putin ‘Will Only Get Stronger If the West Fractures

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “Ukraine Faces a Valley of Death. There’s a Way Biden Can Help It Get Across.”

Anja Manuel, Michael Froman, et al. for the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt at the Munich Security Conference

Joseph S. Nye interviewed by David M. Rubenstein for the Council on Foreign Relations: “The American Century: A Conversation With Joseph Nye”

David Petraeus interviewed by Neil Cavuto for Fox News: “Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Was ‘Murdered’”

David Sanger interviewed by Jake Tapper for CNN: “A Russian Nuclear Weapon in Space This Year?”

Lawrence Summers interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: "Summers: 'Meaningful Chance' That Fed Might Hike Rates"

Robert Zoellick and Philip Zelikow for the Financial Times: “Letter: Euroclear Should Welcome Action on Transferring Russian Assets”


Tweet of the Week


ASG Rising Leaders Class of 2024

We are pleased to introduce the ASG Rising Leaders Class of 2024!

Over the course of the year-long program, the class will contribute to the conversation on critical national security and foreign policy issues while honing their leadership skills. Read more about this year’s cohort here.


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Graham Allison for The National Interest: “What Americans Owe Ukraine”

Frank Bajak and Dake Kang for the AP: “An Online Dump of Chinese Hacking Documents Offers a Rare Window Into Pervasive State Surveillance”

Sophie Chew for the South China Morning Post: “U.S. Congressional Delegation Starts Taiwan Visit Amid Heightened Cross-Strait Tensions”

The Economist: "Caught Between Putin and Trump"

Andrew England for the Financial Times: “Israel-Hamas Hostage Talks Test U.S. Diplomatic Heft”

Christo Grozev interviewed by Erin Burnett for CNN: “Journalist Who Helped Expose the Plot to Kill Navalny Has Theory on How He Died”

Martin Indyk for Foreign Affairs: "The Strange Resurrection of the Two-State Solution"

Jessica Karl for Bloomberg: “It’s Nvidia’s World, We’re Just Living in a Simulation of It”

Summer Lin for the Los Angeles Times: “Panda Diplomacy? China to Send Pandas to the San Diego Zoo for the First Time in Years”

Juan Montes for The Wall Street Journal: “Wife of Assassinated Haitian President Indicted in His Killing”

D. Parvaz and Aya Batrawy for NPR: "Negotiators Are Working on an Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Deal. Here’s What to Know"

Alan Rappeport for The New York Times: “U.S. Imposes Major New Sanctions on Russia, Targeting Finance and Defense”

Courtney Weaver for the Financial Times: “‘They Are Among Us’: Russia’s Terrifyingly Effective Poisoning Operation”


Featured Event

Assessing Economic Threats to National Maritime Security The Aspen Strategy Group was pleased to partner with Bloomberg to host Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro for a panel discussion announcing the formation of the Department of the Navy’s Maritime Economic Deterrence Executive Council.


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation with Bellingcat's Christo Grozev from the

Christo Grozev, Lead Russia Investigator, Bellingcat Productions

Moderator: Sharon Weinberger, National Security Editor, The Wall Street Journal


Book of the Week

by Alexander Ward

“When Joe Biden assumed the United States presidency, he brought with him a team of all-star talent, perhaps the most experienced ensemble of policy experts in modern U.S. history. Their mission: repair America’s damaged reputation abroad and decide the course of its global future. The challenges and risks could not have been greater… If Biden and his team failed, it would likely mark the end of an American era and the rise of a fractured and autocratic world order.

In The Internationalists, acclaimed national security reporter Alexander Ward takes us behind the scenes to reveal the struggle to enact a coherent and effective set of policies in a time of global crisis. Against the failure of Afghanistan and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Biden’s all-star team-of-rivals must band together against incredible odds. Their successes, and their failures, will decide not just Biden’s presidency. They will decide the very course of America’s global future.”


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