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The Weekly Leaf - February 24

The Weekly Leaf

Today marks the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This week, Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv, China’s top diplomat Wang Yi visited Moscow, and Putin announced that Russia would suspend its participation in the New START Treaty.

Read more below.


The Aspen Strategy Group, the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), and the Munich Security Conference (MSC) were pleased to publish and release their joint report Bridging the Gap at the 2023 Munich Security Conference. The themes of the report focused on coordinating a transatlantic strategy vis-à-vis China. Read the report here.

U.S. Senator for Maine Angus King, MERICS Executive Director Mikko Huotari, ASG Executive Director Anja Manuel, and MSC Vice-Chairman Boris Ruge discussed the report and recommendations during a Public Square session at MSC 2023.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons profiled by Alexander Ward for POLITICO: "What Chris Coons Tells World Leaders About Biden"

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Larry Kudlow for Fox Business: "Peace Through Strength Is 'Critical'"

Susan Glasser for The New Yorker: "Joe Biden's Showy Defiance of Vladimir Putin"

Kay Bailey Hutchison for ABC: "Former NATO Ambassador Breaks Down Stakes of Biden's Ukraine Trip"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "What a Year of War Has Revealed of Three Leaders"

Meghan O'Sullivan named Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School

David Petraeus interviewed by Andrea Muratore for InsideOver: "Putin Has Made NATO Great Again"

Jack Reed at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on global security and strategy: "'China Is Our Primary Threat': Dem Senator Lays Out Present National Security Landscape"

David Sanger for The New York Times: "Putin’s Move on Nuclear Treaty May Signal End to Formal Arms Control"

Lawrence H. Summers interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: "The Fed's Brakes Aren't Getting Too Much Traction"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Wally Adeyemo interviewed by Juan Zarate for the Council on Foreign Relations: "C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With Wally Adeyemo"

Sarah Carter for CBS News: "Russia, China, and South Africa Start Military Drills Amid Ukraine War, But Russia Says No Hypersonic Missile Test"

Paschal Donahoe interviewed by Richard Quest for CNN: "Eurozone Shows Signs of Stabilizing"

William Noah Glucroft for Deutsche Welle: "At MSC, West Seeks 'Rebalance' of Security Status Quo"

Amy Hawkins and Andrew Roth for The Guardian: "China and Russia Deepen Ties as Top Diplomat Tells Putin Crisis is ‘Opportunity’"

Rose Gottemoeller and Angela Stent interviewed by Amna Nawaz for PBS News: "Where U.S.-Russia Relations Stand a Year After Invasion"

Gina Raimondo remarks: "The CHIPS Act and a Long-Term Vision for America's Technological Leadership"

Vivian Salama, William Mauldin, and Nancy Youssef for The Wall Street Journal: "U.S. Considers Release of Intelligence on China’s Potential Arms Transfer to Russia"

Kim Sengupta for The Independent: "Biden Defies Safety Warnings and Air Raid Sirens for Moment of History in Kyiv"

Aime Williams and Camilla Hodgson for the Financial Times: "U.S. Nominates Former Mastercard Chief as World Bank President"


Book of the Week

By Lewis M. Simons

Foreword by the Dalai Lama

"Lewis M. Simons’s recollects his 50 years as a foreign correspondent, one whose powerful stories contributed to transforming Asia from Vietnam War-era basket case to a global boomtown that today rivals the United States. Simons’s investigative work led to the toppling of a dictator in the Philippines. He covered the Tiananmen Square massacre in China, bloody coups in Thailand, attempted genocide and societal collapse in Cambodia, and economic advance, decline and rebirth in Japan. He was expelled from India for his exclusive reporting on Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s political misuse of the armed forces. Breaking his own strict rule against becoming personally involved with people whose stories he covered, he saved the life of a dying teenaged Tibetan Buddhist monk."


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