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The Weekly Leaf - February 3

The Weekly Leaf

This week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponed a planned trip to Beijing, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen traveled to Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky, and the U.S. accused Russia of not complying with the New START Treaty.

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Kaitlan Collins for CNN: "Pentagon: Chinese Spy Balloon Over the U.S. Right Now"

Michael Froman met with USAID Administrator Samantha Power

Robert Gates interviewed by Chuck Todd for NBC: "'A Lot' of Recent U.S. Support for Ukraine 'Could Have Been Done Sooner'"

Kay Bailey Hutchison interviewed by Sara Sanchez of El Paso Inc.: "Q&A: Kay Bailey Hutchison, Former Ambassador to NATO and U.S. Senator"

David Ignatius interviewed David Petraeus for The Washington Post: "David Petraeus on New Western Aid for the War in Ukraine and Russian Military Shake-Up"

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: "Japan's Strategic Imperative"

Jack Reed, Bob Menendez, and Mark Warner issued a statement on "Russia's Failure to Comply with New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty"

David Sanger, Ronen Bergman, and Farnaz Fassihi for The New York Times: "Israel Launched Drone Attack on Iranian Facility, Officials Say"

Dan Sullivan interviewed by Stewart Varney for Fox Business: "Biden Admin Is 'Slow Walking' Fundamental Defense to Ukraine"

Robert Zoellick and John Scanlon for the International Institute for Sustainable Development: "Interagency Cooperation at Its Best: ICCWC – What Next?"


Rising Leaders in the News

"Searching for common ground can help members of both parties stop the divisiveness and work together during this Congress for the American people."

— ASG Rising Leader Geo Saba ('22) for Newsweek: "I'm a Dem's Chief of Staff and Live With GOP Leadership Staffers. Bipartisanship Is All Around Us"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Michael Bloomberg for Defense One: "Ukraine Proves U.S. Troops Need Quick Access to Commercial Technology"

Valdis Dombrovskis, Frans Timmermans, and Margrethe Vestager for the Financial Times: "Europe Cannot Afford to Engage in Tit-For-Tat With the U.S."

Jen Easterly and Eric Goldstein for Foreign Affairs: "Stop Passing the Buck on Cybersecurity"

Howard French for Foreign Policy: "Biden’s Risky Bet on the Philippines to Counter China"

Rose Gottemoeller for the Financial Times: "Keeping New Start Alive Is Vital for the World's Nuclear Future"

Pieter Haeck for POLITICO: "EU Sidelined in U.S.-Dutch Deal to Block Chips Exports to China"

Chris Miller interviewed by Nilay Patel for The Verge: "Inside the Global Battle Over Chip Manufacturing"

Jennifer Rankin for The Guardian: "EU Pledges to Double Military Aid Programme for Ukraine"

Vivian Salama for The Wall Street Journal: "Blinken Trip to China Postponed After Spy Balloon Spotted Over U.S."

Kori Schake for 49Security: "Dogfight Football: Germany and the Art of Strategy"

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Carl Bildt, Kishore Mahbubani, and Fareed Zakaria for CNN: "Hear What Experts Think About A Compromise to End Putin's War in Ukraine"


Book of the Week

By Stephen Roach

"In the short span of four years, America and China have entered a trade war, a tech war, and a new Cold War. This conflict between the world’s two most powerful nations wouldn’t have happened were it not for an unnecessary clash of false narratives. America falsely blames its trade and technology threats on China yet overlooks its shaky saving foundation. China falsely blames its growth challenges on America’s alleged containment of market-based socialism, ignoring its failed economic rebalancing.

In a hard-hitting analysis of both nations’ economies, politics, and policies, Stephen Roach argues that much of the rhetoric on both sides is dangerously misguided, amplified by information distortion, and more a reflection of each nation’s fears and vulnerabilities than a credible assessment of the risks they face. Outlining the disastrous toll of conflict escalation between China and America, Roach offers a new road map to restoring a mutually advantageous relationship."


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