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The Weekly Leaf - June 9

The Weekly Leaf

This week, President Biden welcomed Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen and Prime Minister of the UK Rishi Sunak to the White House, Secretary Blinken met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, and the Kakhovka dam in the Kherson region of Ukraine was breached.

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Speaker Announcement for the 2023 Aspen Security Forum

Stay tuned next week for the first speaker announcement, featuring a broad range of senior officials from the U.S. and nations across the globe, C-suite executives, leading academics, and award-winning journalists.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Sylvia Burwell was announced as a Women Business Collaborative Trailblazer in Gender Equity and Diversity Award recipient

Mark Esper interviewed by Keleigh Beeson for NewsNation: “Taiwan Strait Episode ‘New Level of Aggression’ from China”

Jendayi Frazer and Peter Blair Henry for Foreign Affairs: “Filling Africa’s Data Gap: How the World Bank Can Bolster the Continent’s Economic Growth"

Michael J. Green, Jude Blanchette, and Susan Shirk for The Asia Chessboard podcast: "Beijing's Overreach"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “D-Day Dawns for Ukraine”

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: “This May Be the Most Important Thing Happening in the World Today”

Dina Powell McCormick named Vice Chairman and President of Global Client Services at BDT & MSD Partners

Joseph Nye interviewed by James F. Smith for the Harvard Kennedy School: “A Generation Later, Revisiting the Debate on Nuclear Weapons Ethics”

David Petraeus interviewed by Ines Pohl for DW News: "The Spring Offensive Will Be 'Much More Successful' Than Many Think"

Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton for the Josef Korbel School of International Relations: "Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice Pay Tribute to the Late Madeleine Albright"

David Sanger and Julian E. Barnes for The New York Times: "U.S. Will Try to Bring China Into Arms Control Talks"

Dan Sullivan interviewed by Victor Cha for CSIS: "Why Taiwan Matters"

Robert Zoellick for The Wall Street Journal: "Welcome to Biden’s Tale of WOE"


Rising Leaders in the News

Liana Fix ('23) interviewed by Tom Keene, Jonathan Ferro, and Lisa Abramowicz for Bloomberg: "Russia, Ukraine Tensions Escalate"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Stephen Collison for CNN: "Golf’s New Saudi Deal Presents Questionable Political, Business, and Sporting Realities"

Eric Edelman, Eliot Cohen, and Kori Schake for the Shield of the Republic podcast: "Escalation, Deterrence, and Leadership"

Karen Gilchrist for CNBC: “British PM Rishi Sunak Says Ukraine’s Rightful Place Is in NATO”

Rose Gottemoeller interviewed by Brent Goff for DW News: "NATO: The Door to Ukrainian Membership Remains Open"

Stephen Hadley and Christoph Heusgen for Defense One: "We Argued About Admitting Ukraine to NATO in 2008. Now We Agree on It."

Jane Harman interviewed by Annmarie Hodern and Joe Mathieu for Bloomberg: "Jane Harman on Major Dam Destroyed in Ukraine"

Aamer Madhani for AP: “Biden Praises Denmark for ‘Standing Up’ for Ukraine in War With Russia”

Michael Martina and Martin Quin Pollard for Reuters: “Why Dangerous Encounters by U.S. and Chinese Militaries Look Set to Continue"

Jens Stoltenberg, Julianne Smith, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, and Jim Townsend for CNAS: "Brussels Sprouts Live"

Jake Sullivan quoted by Gideon Rachman for the Financial Times: "How America Is Reshaping the Global Economy"

Abigail Williams and Rebecca Shabad for NBC News: "Blinken Meets With Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation on the Russian invasion of Ukraine from the

Representative Ruben Gallego, Chairman, Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations, House Armed Services Committee

Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

Mikk Marran, Former Director-General, Foreign Intelligence Service of Estonia

Moderator: Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker


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Book of the Week

Edited by Sherry Rehman

"As we enter a new century, with its promise of change, women in Pakistan often emerge as its best face forward. At the same time, a persistent and growing trendline of disadvantage and discrimination throws up a harsh counterfactual to the motivating success stories. Knitting these skeins together is the complex, long, often untold tale of women who think, speak, act and give up a part of their comfort zone to push the rights agenda, to take on the architecture of patriarchy and extremism or to call out resurgent misogynies. This is a book about these women, by these women, for the women who struggle to find a voice.

This anthology of essays attempts to do two things. It seeks first to provide testament and context to women’s activism through the lived experience and voices of pioneers who not just headlined the rights struggle in Pakistan, but also gave it intellectual meaning and moral quest. In this endeavor, this book looks to capture a repository of important voices in order to create a slice of memory. The second idea motivating this collection is to probe the connection between the fairly coherent movement of the 1980s to the post-millennial activism that is challenging norms and pushing the boundaries of patriarchy today. Without forcing a grand narrative on the essays, a selection of younger writers uses this space to grapple with persistent barriers reified by the state, while speaking to new problems that tag on to new opportunities. These young women seek to add their voices to the changing face of women’s activism in contemporary Pakistan, while building a new vocabulary to address emerging challenges."


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