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The Weekly Leaf - March 17 ☘️

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the U.S., UK, and Australia announced a nuclear powered submarine program, a Russian fighter jet collided with a U.S. drone over the Black Sea, and Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida and President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol met in Tokyo.

Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons interviewed by Mika Brzezinski for MSNBC: "Sen. Coons Calls Collision 'Yet Another Incident of Russian Irresponsibility'"

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Markie Martin for NewsNation: "Russian Warplane Collides With U.S. Drone Over Black Sea"

Peter Feaver, Christopher Gelpi, and Jason Reifler for Foreign Affairs: "The Strange Case of Iraq Syndrome"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "How the Submarine Deal Fits Into the Complex U.S. Strategy for the Pacific"

David Petraeus interviewed by Jon Stewart for AppleTV: "The Military Industrial Excess"

Penny Pritzker interviewed by David Rubenstein for Bloomberg: "The David Rubenstein Show: Penny Pritzker"

Jack Reed quoted by Mike Stone for Reuters: "Biden Wants $886 Billion Defense Budget With Eyes on Ukraine and Future Wars"

David Sanger, Julian Barnes, and Marc Santora for The New York Times: "Russia’s Spring Offensive in Ukraine Could Include Cyberattacks, Microsoft Says"

Dan Sullivan statement: Sullivan Welcomes AUKUS Nuclear Sub Agreement, Calls for Further Congressional Briefings"

Lawrence H. Summers interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: "Fed, ECB Need to Focus on Inflation Mandate"


Rising Leaders in the News

"I think [Putin] is driven by history and legacy. He certainly wants Russia to be, in his terms, this strong, powerful nation. He certainly believes that it has a very strong role to play. And he wants his legacy to be that he didn’t lose Ukraine."

— Catherine Ashton in an interview with ASG Rising Leader Daniel Lipman ('22) for POLITICO: "What It's Like to Negotiate With Putin"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Nathaniel Fick interviewed by Amna Nawaz for the Council on Foreign Relations: "John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture: Advancing Cyber Diplomacy Symposium"

Stephen Hadley, Chris Chivvis, Rose Gottemoeller, George Perkovich, and Ashley Tellis for the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace: "Did the India Civil-Nuclear Deal Work?"

Jane Harman interviewed by Giselle Fernandez for Spectrum News: "Former Rep. Jane Harman On America's Security Status"

Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani for Foreign Policy: "How China’s Saudi-Iran Deal Can Serve U.S. Interests"

John McKinnon for The Wall Street Journal: "U.S. Threatens Ban if TikTok’s Chinese Owners Don’t Sell Stakes"

Dambisa Moyo for Project Syndicate: "The New Global Investment Landscape"

Emily Olson and Bill Chappell for NPR: "The U.S. Military Releases Footage of Black Sea Drone Crash With Russian Jet"

Eric Schmidt interviewed by Mark Sullivan for Fast Company: "Eric Schmidt Says Leaders Must Be Mindful of Societal Changes Caused by AI"

Mona Yacoubian for the U.S. International Institute of Peace: "Syria’s Stalemate Has Only Benefitted Assad and His Backers"

Mari Yamaguchi for the AP: "Japan, South Korea Renew Ties at Tokyo Summit"


Book of the Week

By David McCormick

It’s easy to be pessimistic about the state of our country these days, but as McCormick explains, if the true test of a great country is its capacity for self-renewal, the United States of America stands apart. Our country has continually defeated grave threats and overcome domestic divisions when the odds have been stacked against us. That’s the American story, and we can do it again.

Drawing on decades of leadership in business, the military, and government, McCormick issues a call for visionary, servant leadership and outlines a conservative agenda for American renewal that would expand access to the American Dream, ensure U.S. technological supremacy, confront China, and revive the restless, courageous, and indefatigable spirit that dwells within the American heart.


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