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The Weekly Leaf - June 28

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the first U.S. presidential debate was held in Atlanta, an attempted coup took place in Bolivia, and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte was formally selected as the next Secretary General of NATO in advance of the Washington summit.

Read more below.


2024 Aspen Security Forum

We are excited to to announce the next round of speakers joining us for the 2024 Aspen Security Forum! Visit our speaker page to learn more about who will be on our stage.

Passes are limited and selling quickly. Learn more about how to register for the livestream or request to attend in person here. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks!


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Joseph S. Nye and Francis J. Gavin for the Horns of a Dilemma podcast: “Joseph Nye on Scholarship and Practice in International Relations”

Anja Manuel, Barbora Bukovska, and moderator Charles Kriel at NATO’s Riga StratCom Dialogue: “Artificial Intelligence: Navigating Through Technological, Legal, and Cognitive Frontiers”

Jendayi Frazer, Tibor Nagy, Johnnie Carson, Herman Cohen, and moderator Julian Pecquet at the 2024 Carnegie Africa Forum: “Refining the Tools for a New Era: U.S. Diplomacy in Africa”

Michael Froman, Kurt Campbell, et al. at the Council on Foreign Relations: “China Strategy Initiative Launch”

Michael J. Green and Jude Blanchette interviewed Kathrin Hille for the Asia Chessboard podcast: “How Will Taiwan’s New Leader Govern?”

Kay Bailey Hutchison, Jessica Lewis, Jack McCain, and moderator Kristen Abrams at the McCain Institute at ASU: "Frontlines of Freedom: NATO, Arizona, and the Fight for Democracy"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “That Clock Ticking on Our Border Policy Impasse Could Be a Time Bomb”

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: “Why Netanyahu Doesn’t Take Biden Seriously”

David Petraeus interviewed by Alexis Papazoglou for the Institute of Art and Ideas: “Mistakes Were Made | General David Petraeus on Israel, Afghanistan, Iraq, and More”

David E. Sanger and Farnaz Fassihi for The New York Times: “As Iran Picks a President, a Nuclear Shift: Open Talk About Building the Bomb”

Anne-Marie Slaughter for the Financial Times: “Europe Boldly Redefines Security for a New Age of Threats”

Philip Zelikow for the Texas National Security Review: “Confronting Another Axis? History, Humility, and Wishful Thinking”


Tweet of the Week


Rising Leaders Program Highlights

Features from ASG Rising Leaders

"As the region navigates self-imposed regulatory hurdles, reserves remain untouched. At the same time, a dual challenge has emerged: critical mineral supply chains, including mining but especially processing, are increasingly controlled by one source, China, while at the same time global demand for critical minerals continues to increase."

Sofia Economopoulos ('24) and Economist Impact for J.P. Morgan Private Bank: "Global Race for Critical Minerals...A Unique Opportunity for Latin America?"


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Julian E. Barnes, Eric Schmitt, and Marc Santora for The New York Times: "Russia Sends Waves of Troops to the Front in a Brutal Style of Fighting"

Victor Cha for Foreign Affairs: “America’s Asian Partners Are Not Worried Enough About Trump”

Jonathan Cheng for The Wall Street Journal: “In Rare Rebuke, U.S. Ambassador Accuses China of Undermining Diplomacy”

Aitor Hernández-Morales and Barbara Moens for POLITICO: “Von Der Leyen and Costa: Europe’s New Dynamic Duo”

Abdi Latif Dahir for The New York Times: “Scaled-Back But Determined Protests in Kenya Call for President to Resign”

Susana López and Samantha Schmidt for The Washington Post: “Bolivian Soldiers Storm Plaza; Former General Accused of Coup Attempt”

Daniel Michaels and Laurence Norman for The Wall Street Journal: “NATO’s New Chief Is a Veteran of Europe’s Fights With Trump”

Adam Samson for the Financial Times: “Turkey Removed From Money Laundering ‘Grey List’”

Sina Toossi for Foreign Policy: "The Conservative Power Struggle Shaping Iran's Election"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation about cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, and foreign malign influence from the 2023 Aspen Security Forum.

Aaron Karczmer, EVP, Chief Enterprise Services Officer, PayPal

Brian Nelson, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury 

Matt Olsen, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice

Moderator: Mary Louise Kelly, Co-Host, All Things Considered, NPR


Book of the Week

by Daniel R. Porterfield

We live in an era of escalating, tech-fueled change. Our jobs and the skills we need to work and thrive are constantly evolving, and those who can't keep up risk falling behind. That's where college comes in. In Mindset Matters, Daniel R. Porterfield advances a powerful new argument about the value of residential undergraduate education and its role in developing growth mindsets among students.

The growth mindset, according to Porterfield, is the belief that we can enhance our core qualities or talents through our efforts, strategies, and education, and with assistance from others. People with growth mindsets have faith in self-improvement. They tend to be goal oriented and optimistic, confident that they can master new challenges because they've done so in the past. Feedback is their friend, errors their opportunities to begin again. For students like this, college is a multiyear process of self-creation and self-emergence, a becoming that unfolds because they are applying themselves in a place rich with stimulating people, happenings, resources, and ideas.

America's colleges and universities help students build the skills and self-confidence they need for lifelong discovery, creativity, mentorship, teamwork, and striving. These five mindsets, the book argues, are critical for thriving in disruptive times, and students who develop them will reap the rewards long after they graduate. To show how college activates these mindsets and why it matters, Porterfield shares the personal stories of thirty recent graduates―many the first in their families to attend college. Their growth was both self-powered and supported by involved faculty, engaged peers, and opportunity-rich campuses. Porterfield also outlines how colleges and universities can do more to foster cultures of mentoring and personalized learning that help students become leaders of their own learning.”


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