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The Weekly Leaf - June 16

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the highly anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive began, hundreds of migrants went missing following a shipwreck off the coast of Greece, and African leaders began a diplomatic mission to Kyiv and St. Petersburg.

Read more below.


First Round of Speakers Announced!


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Christian Brose quoted by Michael Hirsh for POLITICO: "The Pentagon Is Freaking Out About a Potential War With China"

Chris Coons interviewed by Christiane Amanpour on CNN: “Dam Breach a ‘Repeat’ of Russia’s ‘Ongoing War Crimes’”

Peter Feaver quoted by Brad Dress for The Hill: "Trump-Milley Feud Played Key Role in Classified Documents Case"

Michael Green and Jude Blanchette interviewed Peter Dean for The Asia Chessboard podcast: “Australia’s Evolving Defense Strategy”

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "What a Three-Part Diplomatic Push Reveals About U.S. Strategy on Asia"

Anja Manuel published a welcome message ahead of the 2023 Aspen Security Forum

David Petraeus quoted by Max Boot for The Washington Post: "The Ukrainian Offensive Is Beginning. David Petraeus Is Optimistic."

Condoleezza Rice introduced Stephen Kotkin and John Kleinheinz for the Hoover Institution: "The Siberia Job: Based on a True Story"

Dan Sullivan interviewed by Aaron Harber for PBS

Lawrence Summers, Philip Zelikow, and Robert B. Zoellick for Foreign Affairs: “The Other Counteroffensive to Save Ukraine”


Rising Leaders in the News

Esther Im ('23) moderated a conversation with Martyn Williams, Natalia Slavney, Robert Carlin, and Anne Harrington for the Stimson Center: "North Korea's Energy Challenges and Potential for Future Cooperation"


Nathan Dial ('22) interviewed by Andrew Cormier for For the Zoomies podcast: "Welcome to the Board! Put Your All Into What You Do and Give Back When You Can"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Graham Allison for The Washington Post: "Can Two Great Powers Cooperate to Build a Safer World? It Has Happened Before."

Paula Dobriansky on the sidelines of the Kyiv Security Conference: "Paula Dobriansky on the U.S. Support of Ukraine and Chinese Role in the Russia-Ukraine War"

Jane Harman and Eric Edelman for Defense One: “Spend More on Defense? Let’s Focus on Spending Better”

Tzipi Livni interviewed by Antonio Pita for El País English: "Ex-Minister Tzipi Livni:‘Netanyahu’s Government Is Acting Against Israel’s Democratic Nature’"

Anne-Marie Slaughter for Project Syndicate: “Let Europe Lead in Ukraine”

Gabriele Steinhauser for The Wall Street Journal: "African Leaders Bring Peace Proposal to Ukraine as Kyiv and Moscow Vie for Support"

Tim Swanston and Prianka Srinivasan for ABC News Australia: "U.S. Military Granted Unimpeded Access to Key Papua New Guinea Defence Facilities in New Security Agreement"

Armani Syed for TIME: "What to Know About Greece’s Deadliest Migrant Shipwreck in Years"

Shannon Tiezzi for The Diplomat: "China Hosts Palestinian President Abbas as Beijing Steps up Middle East Diplomacy"

Alexander Ward and Paul McLeary for POLITICO: "Biden 'Open' to Plan That Eases Ukraine's Path to NATO Membership"

Christine Wormuth interviewed by Ayesha Rascoe for NPR: "The U.S. Army Has Been Falling Short of Its Recruitment Targets"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation from the 2022 Aspen Security Forum on the sanctions regime imposed on Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.

Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Lisa Monaco, Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Moderator: David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post


Book of the Week

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