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The Weekly Leaf - March 15

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to either ban or force a sale of TikTok, tensions rose between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Haiti Ariel Henry resigned amid widespread internal chaos, and the Biden administration announced an emergency $300 million military aid package to Ukraine.

Read more below.


Aspen Strategy Group Programming

The Aspen Strategy Group hosted the Rising Leaders Program Class of 2024 for their kick off event in Washington. Over the course of three days, our Rising Leaders participated in the Gildenhorn Rising Leaders Aspen Seminar, attended a dinner and discussion with Ambassador of Singapore to the U.S. Lui Tuck Yew at the Embassy of Singapore, and took part in roundtable discussions with former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Thomas E. Donilon and Aspen Institute President and CEO Dan Porterfield.

The ASG Rising Leaders Program brings together approximately 30 young professionals to contribute to the conversation on critical foreign policy issues while honing their leadership skills. Over the course of a year, participants have the unique opportunity to learn from key decisionmakers—and each other—under the aegis of the ASG. At the culmination of the program, the Rising Leaders will join a lifetime network of alumni to further connect with other bold thinkers in national security and foreign policy.

Read more about the program and this year’s cohort here.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Condoleezza Rice, Thomas E. Donilon, Stephen Hadley, Susan Rice, moderator Carol E. Lee, and opening remarks from Michael Froman at the Council on Foreign Relations: “A Conversation With Former National Security Advisors”

Chris Coons and Richard Blumenthal for Foreign Policy: “A Path Toward Peace Requires More U.S. Engagement, Not Less”

Elizabeth Economy interviewed by Haidi Stroud-Watts and Annabelle Droulers for Bloomberg Daybreak

Mark Esper interviewed by Jake Tapper for CNN: “Ex-Defense Secy. Esper Contrasts Today’s GOP & Reagan’s”

Susan Glasser for The New Yorker: “So Much for ‘Sleepy Joe’: On Biden’s Rowdy, Shouty State of the Union”

Michael J. Green quoted by Peter Hartcher for The Sydney Morning Herald: “How Terrible Would a Second Trump Presidency Be for Australia? Terrible Enough”

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “A Cry for the Refugees of Emptied Nagorno-Karabakh: ‘We Are Nobody’

David Petraeus interviewed by Kevin Kajiwara for Teneo’s Insights Series

David E. Sanger and Julian E. Barnes for The New York Times: “Intelligence Officials Warn of Losses for Ukraine Without More U.S. Aid”


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Šejla Ahmatović for Politico EU: “Von Der Leyen Says EU Should Open Membership Talks With Bosnia”

Natalie Andrews and Kristina Peterson for The Wall Street Journal: “House Passes Bill to Ban TikTok or Force Sale of the Chinese Video App”

Dong Cao and Yuan Gao for Bloomberg: “China Readies $27 Billion Chip Fund to Counter Growing U.S. Curbs”

Patricia Cohen for The New York Times: “Malaysia Rises as Crucial Link in Chip Supply Chain”

Hannah Ellis-Petersen for The Guardian: “India Enacts Citizenship Law Criticised as ‘Discriminatory’ to Muslims”

Henry Foy and Richard Milne for the Financial Times: “Sweden Ready to Fortify Crucial Baltic Island, Says PM”

Jaroslaw Kuisz and Karolina Wigura for Foreign Affairs: “Poland’s Post-Populist Rehab”

Sarah Morland for Reuters: “Haiti PM Henry’s Road to Resignation”

Billy Perrigo for Time: “U.S. Must Move ‘Decisively’ to Avert ‘Extinction-Level’ Threat From AI, Government-Commissioned Report Says”

Andrey Pertsev for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: “Putin’s Social Promises Look Set to Create New Center of Power”

Barak Ravid for Axios: “Biden-Bibi Clash Escalates as U.S. Accused of Undermining Israeli Government”

Rebecca Shabad and Kate Santaliz for NBC: “Chuck Schumer Calls for New Elections in Israel, Criticizing Netanyahu’s Leadership”

Andrew Stanton for Newsweek: “Putin Ally Remarks on 'Inevitable' Use of Nuclear Weapons”

Mike Stone, Idrees Ali, Patricia Zengerle, and Jeff Mason for Reuters: “U.S. to Send New Weapons Package Worth $300 Million for Ukraine”


From the Archives

Going deeper into the archives, revisit our conversation from the

2019 Aspen Security Forum on great power competition.

Jane Harman, then Director, President, and CEO, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (current Chair, Commission on the National Defense Strategy)

Robert Kagan, Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Joseph Nye, Co-Chair, Aspen Strategy Group and Dean Emeritus, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America

Moderator: Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times


Book of the Week

by Michiko Kakutani

“The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 dawned what Francis Fukuyama called 'The End of History.' Three decades later, Jim Sciutto said on CNN’s air as the Ukraine war began, that we are living in a '1939 moment.' History never ended—it barely paused—and the global order as we long have known it is now gone. Powerful nations are determined to assert dominance on the world stage. And as their push for power escalates, a new order will affect everyone across the globe. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a part of it, but in reality, this power struggle impacts every corner of our world—from Helsinki to Beijing, from Australia to the North Pole. This is a battle with many fronts: in the Arctic, in the oceans and across the skies, on man-made islands and redrawn maps, and in tech and cyberspace.


The Return of Great Powers analyzes a historic and visible shift in real time. It details the realities of this new post–post–Cold War era, the increasingly aligned Russian and Chinese governments, and the flashpoint of a new, global nuclear arms race. And it poses a question: As we consider uncertain, even terrifying, outcomes, will it be possible for the West and Russia and China to prevent a new World War?”


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