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The Weekly Leaf - June 14

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the G7 agreed on a deal to use frozen Russian assets for Ukraine, Benjamin Gantz resigned from Israel's war cabinet, and President Emmanuel Macron called for snap parliamentary elections.

Read more below.


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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Joseph Nye for The National Interest: “The End of Soft Power?”

Robert Blackwill and Richard Fontaine for The Washington Post: “Obama Tried to Pivot to Asia In 2011. We Must Succeed This Time.”

Chris Coons interviewed by Ryan Lizza for the Playbook Deep Dive podcast

Elizabeth Economy and Yasheng Huang interviewed by Mike Bird and Tom Lee-Devlin for The Economist: “Why China’s Economic Model Still Appeals Overseas”

Jane Harman for The Hill: “Reagan’s Call 40 Years After D-Day to Stand Against Tyranny Holds True Today”

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “The Paradox Ahead For Gaza: A Postwar Where War Goes On”

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: “Why Biden Is Right to Curb Immigration”

Penny Pritzker quoted by Andreas Rinke and Olena Harmash for Reuters: “Ukraine Seeks Help to Shield and Rebuild Shattered Cities”

David E. Sanger and Erica L. Green for The New York Times: “At the G7, Biden Will Push for Frozen Russian Assets to Help Ukraine”

Dan Sullivan interviewed by Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino for Fox News: "Senator Warns U.S. Navy Shipbuilding Is in 'Crisis': 'We Are Being Outmatched in a Huge Way'"


Tweet of the Week


Rising Leaders Program Highlights

Features from ASG Rising Leaders

“A far-right ruler in power in Paris—which together with Berlin is the driving force of the European Union—will be a much greater challenge to the bloc than the far-right leader in Rome, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.”

Liana Fix (‘23) for the Council on Foreign Relations: “How Will the EU Elections Results Change Europe?”


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Graham Allison and Michael J. Morell for Foreign Affairs: “The Terrorism Warning Lights Are Blinking Red Again” 

Sarah Carter for CBS News: “South Africa Set for New Coalition Government as the Late Nelson Mandela’s ANC Is Forced to Share Power”

Maureen Chowdhury, Michael Williams, Elise Hammond, and Kyle Feldscher for CNN: “Biden and Zelensky Lay Out New U.S. Support for Ukraine”

Dan De Luce for NBC: “U.S. Spy Agencies are Ready to Warn Voters About Foreign Election Interference — If It's Severe Enough”

Ryan Dubé and James T. Areddy for The Wall Street Journal: “A New Chinese Megaport in South America Is Rattling the U.S.”

The Economist: “Javier Milei Finally Lugs Key Reforms Through Argentina’s Senate”

Rahm Emanuel for The Wall Street Journal: “U.S. Defenses Are Faltering, but Japan Can Help”

Henry Foy and James Politi for the Financial Times: “G7 Leaders Strike Deal on $50bn Loan to Ukraine”

Mary Ilyushina for The Washington Post: “Russia, Showing No Evidence, Says Reporter Evan Gershkovich to Be Tried for Spying”

Edith M. Lederer for AP: “UN Adopts a Resolution Demanding that Sudan’s Paramilitary Force Halt Its Siege of a Darfur City”

Adam Rasgon for The New York Times: “Gantz Quits Israel Government in Dispute With Netanyahu Over Gaza”

Dave Sherwood for Reuters: “Russian Warships Enter Havana Harbor Under Washington’s Watchful Eye”

Robert Zaretsky for Foreign Policy: “What Was Macron Thinking?”


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy from the 2023 Aspen Security Forum.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine

Moderator: Fareed Zakaria, Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN


Book of the Week

by GEN. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.

"As the Commander of U.S. Central Command, General Frank McKenzie oversaw some of the most important—and controversial operations in modern U.S. military history. He had direct operational responsibility for the strikes on Qassem Soleimani and two successive leaders of ISIS, the many months of deterrence operations against Iran and its proxies, and the methodical drawdown in Iraq. He directed the noncombatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan, and our final withdrawal from that tortured country....

McKenzie provides an honest assessment of his time in command—describing decisions that were sound, as well as some outcomes he wishes were different. He offers a vivid portrait of leadership in action in one of the most volatile regions of the world.”


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