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The Weekly Leaf - March 22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, President of Russia Vladimir Putin secured his fifth six-year term in a predetermined election, President of Vietnam Vo Van Thuong resigned, and China and Russia vetoed a U.S.-submitted UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire and the release of all remaining hostages in Gaza.

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Zoë Baird served as Head of Delegation for Industry & Technology at the G7 Digital, Industry & Technology Ministerial in Verona, Italy 

Chris Coons interviewed by Steve Inskeep for NPR: “Some Democrats Are Considering Restrictions on Military Aid to Israel”

Elizabeth Economy interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: “Chinese Economic Reform Is Off the Table”

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Jake Tapper for CNN: “Israel Needs to Go Into Rafah to Finish Hamas”

Susan Glasser, Jane Mayer, and Evan Osnos for The Political Scene podcast: “How Gaza, Ukraine, and TikTok Are Influencing the Election”

Michael J. Green delivered the Tenth Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture on U.S.-East Asia Relations and was interviewed by Shihoko Goto at The Wilson Center: “Is American Strategy in Asia Working?”

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: “President Biden, You Have Leverage That Can Save Lives in Gaza. Please Use It.”

David Petraeus at the Kyiv Security Forum

Dan Sullivan interviewed by Stuart Varney for Fox Business: “European Allies Are ‘Apoplectic’ Over Biden’s LNG Freeze”


Tweet of the Week


Rising Leaders Program Highlights

Features from ASG Rising Leaders

Mary K. Brooks (‘22) and David Sanger for The New York Times: “Biden’s Armageddon Moment: When Nuclear Detonation Seemed Possible in Ukraine”

Eric Volmar ('22) was named Associate Director of the Stanford Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Alexis Akwagyiram for Semafor: “Niger’s Decision to End a U.S. Military Pact Raises New Uncertainty”

Anne Applebaum for The Atlantic: “There Was No Russian Election”

Hal Brands and Zack Cooper for the Center for Strategic & International Studies: “Dilemmas of Deterrence: The United States’ Smart New Strategy Has Six Daunting Trade-Offs”

Stephen Chen for South China Morning Post: “Chinese Scientists Create Swarming Drones That Can Rapidly Multiply Mid-Air to Create a Tactical Shock”

The Economist: “How China, Russia and Iran Are Forging Closer Ties”

Pat Gelsinger interviewed by Lori Montgomery at The Washington Post Futurist Summit

Sean Hollister for The Verge: “Nvidia Reveals Blackwell B200 GPU, the ‘World’s Most Powerful Chip’ for AI”

Joe Leahy and Harry Dempsey for the Financial Times: “China’s Bumper Steel Exports Fuel Oversupply Concerns”

Barbara Moens and Jakob Hanke Vela for Politico EU: “Ukraine Prepares to Join the EU Club — But Brussels Doesn’t Want to Talk About It”

Andy Mukherjee for Bloomberg: “Corporate Political Donations in India Hint at Widespread Rot”

Kelly Ng for the BBC: “HK Security Law Is Final Nail in Coffin, Say Critics”

Dion Nissenbaum and Summer Said for The Wall Street Journal: “Israel Has Killed a Top Hamas Commander in Gaza. It Took Five Months.”

Barak Ravid for Axios: “U.S. Gaza Ceasefire Resolution Vetoed by China, Russia at UN Security Council”

Michael Tatarski for The Guardian: “Vietnam Loses Its Second President in Two Years Amid Concerns for Political Stability”


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation on integrated deterrence from the

Keoki Jackson, Senior Vice President, National Security, MITRE

Mara E. Karlin, Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities, U.S. Department of Defense 

Elizabeth Rosenberg, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Moderator: Peter Spiegel, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times


Book of the Week

by Fareed Zakaria

“Populist rage, ideological fracture, economic and technological shocks, war, and an international system studded with catastrophic risk—the early decades of the twenty-first century may be the most revolutionary period in modern history. But it is not the first. Humans have lived, and thrived, through more than one great realignment. What are these revolutions, and how can they help us to understand our fraught world?

In this major work, Fareed Zakaria masterfully investigates the eras and movements that have shaken norms while shaping the modern world... Alongside these paradigm-shifting historical events, Zakaria probes four present-day revolutions: globalization, technology, identity, and geopolitics. For all their benefits, the globalization and technology revolutions have produced profound disruptions and pervasive anxiety and our identity. And increasingly, identity is the battlefield on which the twenty-first century’s polarized politics are fought. All this is set against a geopolitical revolution as great as the one that catapulted the United States to world power in the late nineteenth century. Now we are entering a world in which the U.S. is no longer the dominant power.”


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