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The Weekly Leaf - January 9

The Weekly Leaf

Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as prime minister of Israel for a sixth term, President Biden prepared for a summit in Mexico City with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva began his third term as president of Brazil.

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Stephen Biegun, Stephen Hadley, Phillip Breedlove, and John Herbst in conversation with Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik for the Atlantic Council: “Ukrainian President Zelensky’s Visit to the U.S.”

Kay Bailey Hutchison, Curtis Scaparrotti, and Deborah McCarthy for The General and the Ambassador Podcast: "The Power of Two: U.S. Engagement with NATO"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "Biden’s Unsentimental Foreign Policy Strategy"

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: "Cheer Up! The World Is Better Off Than You Think."

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: "Peak China?"

David Petraeus and Vance Serchuk for Foreign Policy: "Counter Russia’s and China’s Playbook"

David Sanger, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Rothkopf for Deep State Radio: "2023 Outlook: The Predictions You'll Hear Nowhere Else"

Lawrence Summers for The Washington Post: "What the Fed Should Do Next on Inflation"

Philip Zelikow quoted by Sheryl Gay Stolberg for The New York Times: "Two Decades After 9/11 Inquiry, a Similar Plan for Covid Stalls in Congress"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Bruce Andrews for The Hill: "2022 Was the Year of CHIPS. What Will 2023 Bring?"

Paschal Donohoe for The Economist: "Paschal Donohoe on How the Euro Will Thrive in Spite of the War in Ukraine"

Qin Gang for The Washington Post: "The Planet's Future Depends on a Stable China-U.S. Relationship"

Max de Haldevang for Bloomberg: "AMLO to Ask Biden for Energy, Semiconductor Support at Summit"

Kyriakos Mitsotakis interviewed by Brad Smith for the Tools and Weapons podcast: "Digital Transformation for the People, By the People"

Samantha Pearson and Luciana Magalhaes for The Wall Street Journal: "Brazil’s Lula Returns to Power, 20 Years After First Taking Office"

Dan Sabbagh and Philip Olterman for The Guardian: "U.S. and Germany Agree to Send Infantry Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine"

Andriy Zagorodnyuk for Foreign Affairs: "The Case for Taking Crimea"

Neri Zilber for the Financial Times: "Benjamin Netanyahu Sworn in for Sixth Term as Israel’s Prime Minister"


Book of the Week

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture. This year, the longlist of fourteen works of fiction includes seven debut voices and five short story collections.

  • When We Were Sisters  by Fatimah Asghar

  • Glory  by NoViolet Bulawayo

  • How Not To Drown in a Glass of Water: A Novel  by Angie Cruz

  • If I Survive You  by Jonathan Escoffery

  • The Last White Man  by Mohsin Hamid

  • Calling For a Blanket Dance  by Oscar Hokeah

  • The Last Suspicious Holdout  by Ladee Hubbard

  • The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories  by Jamil Jan Kochai

  • What We Fed to the Manticore  by Talia Laskhmi Kolluri

  • The Consequences  by Manuel Muñoz

  • Harry Sylvester Bird  by Chinelo Okparanta

  • Memphis  by Tara Stringfellow

  • All This Could be Different: A Novel  by Sarah Thankam Mathews

  • The Town of Babylon: A Novel  by Alejandro Varela


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