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The Weekly Leaf - June 30

The Weekly Leaf

We mourn the passing of former Aspen Institute Board Chair Jim Crown and honor his contributions to our work and mission for so many years. We send our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

This week, Yevgeny Prigozhin and the Wagner Group led an attempted mutiny in Russia, European Union leaders met in Brussels, and Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as prime minister of Greece for his second term.

Read more below.


We are pleased to announce Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Jake Sullivan, William J. Burns, and more will be joining us in Aspen! Check our website for the full list of new speakers and watch for another announcement next week.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Brose quoted by Dan Primack for Axios: "Anduril Makes Major Move Into Missiles"

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Annmarie Hordern and Joe Mathieu for Bloomberg: "Fmr. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Putin, Prigozhin, Russia"

Peter Feaver and Heidi Urben for Just Security: "The All-Volunteer Force at 50: Civil-Military Solutions in a Time of Partisan Polarization"

Susan Glasser, Oleksandra Matviichuk, Volodymyr Yermolenko, Jonathan Littell, and William Taylor for Aspen Institute Kyiv: "War and Human Nature"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “Putin Looked Into the Abyss Saturday — and Blinked”

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: "The Wannabe Putin in Saudi Arabia"

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: "India and the Global Balance of Power"

David Petraeus interviewed by Kate Bolduan for CNN on Russian revolt

Condoleezza Rice interviewed by Dana Perino for Fox News: "This 'Exploded' Putin's Grip on Power"

David Rubenstein interviewed on CNBC: “David Rubenstein on China: Unrealistic to Think You Can ‘Decouple’ the Economic Relationship”

David Sanger for The New York Times: "Biden and Putin Have Dueling Messages on the Mutiny in Russia"

Robert B. Zoellick interviewed by David J. Lynch for The Washington Post: “Robert B. Zoellick on Putin's Hold on Power and Ukraine's Economic Recovery”


Rising Leaders in the News

Gabrielle Fong ('22) interviewed by William Leonard for the Atlanta Startup Podcast: "The VC Hyper-Focused on Innovation Within Cybersecurity, Defense, and Dual-Use Technologies"


Kenya James ('22) for the U.S. Department of State: "Caribbean American Contributions to U.S. Diplomacy"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Graham Allison for Foreign Policy: "Will India Surpass China to Become the Next Superpower?"

Kaki Bali for DW News: "Mitsotakis Takes Office After Conservative Landslide"

Lilli Bayer and Alexander Ward for POLITICO: "Stoltenberg to Stay on as NATO Chief Another Year"

Vera Bergengruen for Time: “The Telegram Mutiny”

Tara Copp and Nomaan Merchant for the AP: "Russian General Is Believed to Be Detained in Aftermath of Wagner Mutiny"

Andrew Gray and Julia Payne for Reuters: "EU Leaders Back Security Commitments for Ukraine"

Jane Harman, Ivo Daalder, Gillian Tett, and Stephen Walt for the Aspen Ideas Festival: "The Meaning of Friendship: NATO in the Wake of Ukraine"

Mary Louise Kelly, Vincent Acovino, and Tinbete Ermyas for NPR: "Takeaways From the Roundtable With President Biden on Artificial Intelligence"

Frank Kendall for Breaking Defense: "More Rapid Acquisition Is Within Reach, If Congress Acts"

Courtney Kube for NBC: "U.S. Is Considering Sending Cluster Munitions to Ukraine, Officials Say"

Simone McCarthy for CNN: “China Unveils Sweeping Foreign Policy Law as Xi Consolidates Power – And Aims to Counter the U.S.”

Brad Smith interviewed Nadia Calviño for the Tools and Weapons podcast: "Architecting Spain's AI Future"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation on improving American competitiveness through bipartisan cooperation from the 2022 Aspen Security Forum: DC Edition.

Arati Prabhakar, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Chris Coons, U.S. Senator for Delaware

Todd Young, U.S. Senator for Indiana

Moderator: Edward Luce, U.S. National Editor, Financial Times


Book of the Week

By Tara Zahra

“Before the First World War, enthusiasm for a borderless world reached its height. International travel, migration, trade, and progressive projects on matters ranging from women’s rights to world peace reached a crescendo. Yet in the same breath, an undercurrent of reaction was growing, one that would surge ahead with the outbreak of war and its aftermath.

In Against the World, a sweeping and ambitious work of history, acclaimed scholar Tara Zahra examines how nationalism, rather than internationalism, came to ensnare world politics in the early twentieth century. The air went out of the globalist balloon with the First World War as quotas were put on immigration and tariffs on trade, not only in the United States but across Europe, where war and disease led to mass societal upheaval. The “Spanish flu” heightened anxieties about porous national boundaries. The global impact of the 1929 economic crash and the Great Depression amplified a quest for food security in Europe and economic autonomy worldwide. Demands for relief from the instability and inequality linked to globalization forged democracies and dictatorships alike, from Gandhi’s India to America’s New Deal and Hitler’s Third Reich. Immigration restrictions, racially constituted notions of citizenship, anti-Semitism, and violent outbursts of hatred of the “other” became the norm―coming to genocidal fruition in the Second World War.”


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