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The Weekly Leaf - March 25

The Weekly Leaf

This week, President of China Xi Jinping travelled to Moscow to meet President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President Biden met with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, and the U.S. carried out air-strikes in eastern Syria.

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Mark T. Esper interviewed by John Roberts for Fox News: "The U.S. Needs to Put Russia in Its Place"

Robert Gates interviewed by Mary Louise Kelly for NPR: "Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Re-Imagining Public Diplomacy"

Susan Glasser, Jane Mayer, and Evan Osnos for The New Yorker: "We're Living in a World Created by the Iraq War"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "Here's the Real Lesson From the Showy Xi-Putin Meeting"

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: "He's the World's Most Popular Leader. Beware."

Anja Manuel interviewed by Rana Sarkar for the Confluence podcast: "Tech Policy and the Current Geopolitical Puzzle with Anja Manuel"

David Petraeus interviewed by Byron Pitt for CBS: "Iraq 20 Years Later: Petraeus Weighs In"

David Sanger, David McCabe, and Sapna Maheshwari for The New York Times: "With Beijing Opposing a TikTok Sale, the Biden Administration's Options Narrow."

Lawrence H. Summers, Philip Zelikow, and Robert Zoellick for The Washington Post: "The Moral and Legal Case for Sending Russia's Frozen $300 Billion to Ukraine"


Rising Leaders in the News

ASG Rising Leader Dale Swartz ('21) moderated a panel with Douglas Bush, Sreenivas Ramaswamy, Raj Shah, and Mac Thornberry at the National Security Innovation Base Summit: "Lessons From the NSIB Report Card"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Munir Ahmed for the AP: "UN: Months After Pakistan Floods, Millions Lack Safe Water"

Graham Allison for Foreign Policy: "Xi and Putin Have the Most Consequential Undeclared Alliance in the World"

Jason Crow, Mike Waltz, and Seth Jones for CSIS: "The U.S. Defense Industrial Base in an Era of Strategic Competition"

Robert Kaplan for The Wall Street Journal: "What I Failed to Understand About Saddam’s Iraq—and American Power"

Courtney Kube for NBC News: "U.S. Contractor Killed, 5 Service Members and Contractor Wounded in Suicide Drone Strike in Syria"

Victor Munoz and Jose Ignacio Torreblanca for the European Council on Foreign Relations: "Insights From an AI Author: The Geopolitical Consequences of ChatGPT"

Kati Pohjanpalo and Niclas Rolander for Bloomberg: "Nordic Nations Agree to Jointly Operate Fighter Jet Fleet of 250"

Arati Prabhakar for Science: "Let's Change What's Possible"

Summer Said, Benoit Faucon, and Michael Amon for The Wall Street Journal: "Saudi Arabia, Syria Close to Resuming Ties in Russia-Brokered Talks"

Myah Ward for POLITICO: "Biden and Trudeau to Mix Thorny Issues With Niceties"

Todd Young and Jay Timmons op-ed: "Our Manufacturing Competitiveness Hinges on Action"

Fareed Zakaria for The Washington Post: "The Dollar Is Our Superpower, and Russia and China Are Threatening It"


Book of the Week

By Rana Foroohar

"With bare supermarket shelves and the shortage of PPE supplies, the pandemic brought the fragility of global trade and supply chains into stark relief. The tragic war in Ukraine and the political and economic chaos that followed have further underlined the vulnerabilities of globalization. The world, it turns out, isn’t flat—in fact, it’s quite bumpy.

This fragmentation has been coming for decades, observes Foroohar. Our neoliberal economic philosophy of prioritizing efficiency over resilience and profits over local prosperity has produced massive inequality, persistent economic insecurity, and distrust in our institutions. This philosophy, which underpinned the last half century of globalization, has run its course. Place-based economics and a wave of technological innovations now make it possible to keep operations, investment, and wealth closer to home, wherever that may be.

With the pendulum of history swinging back, Homecoming explores both the challenges and the possibilities of this new era, and how it can usher in a more equitable and prosperous future."


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