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The Weekly Leaf - March 29

The Weekly Leaf

This week, ISIS claimed responsibility for a terror attack that killed at least 137 people in Moscow, the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed after a container ship collided with it, and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu canceled, then rescheduled, an Israeli delegation visit to the White House after the U.S. abstained from a United Nations resolution vote calling for an immediate ceasefire.

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Anja Manuel interviewed by Sanjay Puri for the Regulating AI Podcast: “Crafting Effective AI Policies for National Security With Insights From Anja Manuel”

Elizabeth Economy interviewed by Del Irani for Deeper Look: “China’s Grand Strategy Under President Xi”

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “Would Liz Cheney Be a Better VP Candidate Than Kamala Harris?”

Meghan O’Sullivan quoted by Ralph Ranalli for the Harvard Kennedy School: “Powering the Energy Transition”

Susan Rice interviewed by Jonathan Capehart for MSNBC: “We Need to Be ‘Concerned’ About Trump’s Threat to National Security”

David E. Sanger and Julian E. Barnes for The New York Times: “Russia Amps Up Online Campaign Against Ukraine Before U.S. Elections”

Dan Sullivan and Tammy Duckworth interviewed by Bret Baier for Fox News: “Taiwan Stands as Major Line of Defense Against Global War With China, Critical for U.S. Security”

Lawrence Summers interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg Wall Street Week


Tweet of the Week


Rising Leaders Program Highlights

Features from ASG Rising Leaders

Liana Fix (‘23), Ulrich Kühn, Amy J. Nelson, and moderator George Perkovich at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: “Germany’s Nuclear Choices: Disarm or Proliferate?”

Tobin Williamson ('21) was named the Senior Partnerships & Policy Manager at Refugees International's Refugee Advocacy Lab


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Graham Allison and a group of American business executives met with President of China Xi Jinping

Natasha Booty for the BBC: “Senegal Election Result: Bassirou Diomaye Faye to Become Africa’s Youngest Elected President”

Ivo Daalder and Karen Donfried for Foreign Affairs: “What Ukraine Needs From NATO”

Hayes Gardner and Christine Condon for The Baltimore Sun: “6 Workers Presumed Dead; Baltimore’s Key Bridge Collapses After Container Ship Hits Support Column”

Garry Kasparov for The Wall Street Journal: “Moscow Attack: Don’t Believe the Kremlin”

Aaron David Miller and Adam Israelevitz for Foreign Policy: “Why Biden Can’t Force a Truce on Israel–or Won’t”

Gideon Rachman for the Financial Times: “Ukraine, Gaza and the Rise of Identity Geopolitics”

Barak Ravid for Axios: “In Reversal, Netanyahu Sending Delegation to White House for Rafah Talks”

Daniel H. Rosen and Logan Wright for Foreign Affairs: “China’s Economic Collision Course”

Raphael Satter, James Pearson, and Christopher Bing for Reuters: “U.S., UK Accuse China of Cyberespionage That Hit Millions of People”

Keiran Smith for the AP: “Australia and UK Sign Defense and Security Treaty to Meet ‘Contemporary Challenges’”

Jessie Yeung for CNN: “Who Are ISIS-K, the Group Linked to the Moscow Concert Hall Terror Attack?”


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation on artificial intelligence from the

Arati Prabhakar, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Kent Walker, President, Global Affairs, Google

Heidi Heitkamp, Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics; Former U.S. Senator for North Dakota

Anja Manuel, Executive Director, Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum

Moderator: Ryan Heath, Global Technology Correspondent, Axios


Book of the Week

by Minxin Pei

“For decades China watchers argued that economic liberalization and increasing prosperity would bring democracy to the world’s most populous country. Instead, the Communist Party’s grip on power has only strengthened. Why? The answer, Minxin Pei argues, lies in the effectiveness of the Chinese surveillance state. And the source of that effectiveness is not just advanced technology like facial recognition AI and mobile phone tracking. These are important, but what matters more is China’s vast, labor-intensive infrastructure of domestic spying.

Central government data on Chinese surveillance is confidential, so Pei turned to local reports, police gazettes, leaked documents, and interviews with exiled dissidents to provide a detailed look at the evolution, organization, and tactics of the surveillance state…While today’s system is far more robust than that of years past, it is modeled after mass surveillance implemented under Mao Zedong and Chinese emperors centuries ago. Rigorously empirical and rich in historical insight, The Sentinel State is a singular contribution to our knowledge about coercion in the Chinese state and, more generally, the survival strategies of authoritarian regimes.”


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