The Weekly Leaf - March 10
The Weekly Leaf
This week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visited Iraq and Israel, new foreign minister of China Qin Gang held his first press conference, and Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.
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This Week's Content Highlights
Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members
Mark T. Esper and Deborah James for The Hill: "To Deter Conflict, the Pentagon Must Accelerate Innovation Adoption"
Peter Feaver interviewed by Michael Smerconish for CNN: "Fmr. Bush Adviser: Arguments to Abandon Ukraine 'Weak,' and 'Chinese Propaganda Points'"
Michael J. Green, Kurt Campbell, and Mira Rapp-Hooper for the United States Studies Centre: "Taking Stock of U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy"
David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "The Moment When Putin Turned Away From the West"
Anja Manuel for the Financial Times: "The Time to Negotiate Rules for AI in Nuclear Weapons Is Now"
David Petraeus quoted by Fred Kaplan for Slate: "Why the Russian Army Isn't Learning From Its Mistakes"
Penny Pritzker interviewed by Rebecca Quick for CNBC: "U.S.-China Decoupling Stems From Economic and Security Issues 'Bleeding Together'"
Condoleezza Rice for the Reagan Foundation: "A Time for Choosing Speaker Series with Dr. Condoleezza Rice"
Condoleezza Rice interviewed by Mark Duggan for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research: "Globalization Is a Fact, Not a Policy"
Dan Sullivan interviewed by Catherine Herridge for CBS: "'Most Powerful' Deterrence for China Is Predetermined Economic, Energy Sanctions"
Lawrence H. Summers and Olivier Blanchard for the Peterson Institute for International Economics: "Summers and Blanchard Debate the Future of Interest Rates"
Rising Leaders in the News
"Going forward, Berlin needs less infighting and hesitation — less 'Scholzing' and more of Japan’s resolve."
— ASG Rising Leader Liana Fix ('23) for The Washington Post: "Germany Must Do More on Defense. But Critics Should Be Patient."
Tweet of the Week
Things to Know
Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions
Hanna Arhirova and Elena Becatoros for the AP: "Russian Missile Barrage Slams Into Ukrainian Cities"
Eric Baculinao and Jennifer Jett for NBC: "Conflict with China Is Inevitable Unless the U.S. Changes Course, Beijing's New Foreign Minister Warns"
Morgan Chalfant for Semafor: "White House Supports New Bipartisan Senate Bill to Restrict TikTok and Other Foreign Tech"
Michael Gordon and Nancy Youssef for The Wall Street Journal: "Australia to Buy U.S. Nuclear-Powered Submarines in Naval Expansion"
Jane Harman interviewed by Jonathan Lemire for MSNBC: "Freedom House Board of Trustees Chair Jane Harman Joined Us to Discuss the Latest in Ukraine"
Kevin Liptak for CNN: "Saudi Arabia Looks for Security Assurances From U.S. as Condition for Normalizing Ties With Israel"
Barak Ravid for Axios: "Iran and Saudi Arabia Agree to Resume Relations After China Mediation"
Alissa Rubin for The New York Times: "U.S. Defense Secretary Affirms Support for Iraq on Baghdad Visit"
Yukihiro Sakaguchi and Junnosuke Kobara for Nikkei Asia: "U.S. Eyes Trilateral Deterrence Talks With Japan and South Korea"
P.W. Singer for Military.com: "20 Ways to Win the Future of War, and Not One Is a Balloon"
Margrethe Vestager for Project Syndicate: "Tearing Down Big Tech's Walls"
Dov Zakheim for The Hill: "Why Ken Calvert Deserves Support for Cutting the Pentagon’s Civilian Workforce"
Book of the Week
How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water
by Angie Cruz
Calling for a Blanket Dance
by Oscar Hokeah
The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
by Jamil Jan Kochai
The Consequences: Stories
by Manuel Muñoz
All This Could Be Different: A Novel
by Sarah Thankam Mathews
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