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The Weekly Leaf - March 31

The Weekly Leaf

This week, protests erupted in Tel Aviv, the Biden administration hosted the second Summit for Democracy, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia, and president of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen 'transited' through New York City on her way to Central America.

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Mark T. Esper for Fox News: "This Little Country Will Help Deliver a Major Blow to Putin's War"

Michael J. Green, Richard Court, Lynn Kuok, Rebecca Tomkinson, and Gordon Flake for the Perth USAsia Centre: "2023 Japan Symposium"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "Netanyahu's Unforced Error Could Come With Heavy Costs"

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: "Can India Change the World?"

Meghan O'Sullivan and David Petraeus interviewed by Ken Moriyasu for Nikkei Asia: "Don't Repeat Iraq Mistakes With China, Former U.S. Officials Say"

David Petraeus interviewed by ASG Rising Leader Daniel Lippman ('22) for POLITICO: "Petraeus on the Legacy of the Iraq Invasion"

Penny Pritzker for Fast Company: "Our Workforce Strategy Needs to Include These 3 Overlooked Groups to Thrive"

Condoleezza Rice interviewed by Freddy Brewster for KTVU: "Condoleezza Rice Reflects on Career Breaking Through Glass Ceilings"

David Rubenstein interviewed Jane Fraser for The David Rubenstein Show Peer to Peer podcast

David Sanger for The New York Times: "Inside the U.S. Pressure Campaign Over Israel’s Judicial Overhaul"

Lawrence H. Summers interviewed by Ian Bremmer for GZERO World: "Which Jobs Will AI Replace?"


Rising Leaders in the News

"Ultimately, successful businesses will protect their operations from water risks while doing their part to conserve and better manage their water resources."

ASG Rising Leader Andy Morimoto ('22) and Nikolaus Schultze for Edelman Global Advisory: "Businesses Can’t Afford to Ignore Global Water Risks"


"To date, NATO leaders have charted a well-balanced position that includes appropriate projections of strength alongside measures of restraint, responsibility, and commitment to pursuing international cooperation."

ASG Rising Leader Sahil Shah ('21), Andrew Facini, John Gower, John Moulton, and Christine Parthemore for the Council on Strategic Risks: "Russian Nuclear Weapons and Belarus: NATO Should Continue to Stand Steady"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Nosmot Gbadamosi for Foreign Policy: "Can Harris’s Visit Shore Up U.S. Relations With Africa?"

Rose Gottemoeller for the Texas National Security Review: "The Role of U.S. Diplomacy in Countering Russia’s Nuclear Threats and Misbehavior"

Ruxandra Iordache for CNBC: "Saudi Arabia Takes Step to Join China-Led Security Bloc, as Ties With Beijing Strengthen"

Olivier Knox for The Washington Post: "Taiwan's Tsai Visits – Sorry, 'Transits' U.S., Angering China"

Aamer Madhani for the AP: "Biden: World 'Turning the Tide' After Backslide on Democracy"

Peter Martin, Jenny Leonard, and Jennifer Jacobs for Bloomberg: "Biden Aide Speaks With China Counterpart as Tension Spikes"

John Pomfret and Matt Pottinger for Foreign Affairs: "Xi Jinping Says He Is Preparing China for War"

Gideon Rachman for the Financial Times: "China, Japan, and the Ukraine War"

Paul Scharre interviewed by James Lindsay for the Council on Foreign Relations: "Artificial Intelligence and Great Power Competition"

Wall Street Journal Explains: "U.S. 'Industrial Policy' Returns With $53 Billion for Chip Manufacturing"

Mark Warner interviewed by Russell Brandom for Rest of World: "U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on TikTok, China, and the End of Techno-Optimism"


Book of the Week

By Peter Zeihan

"For generations, everything has been getting faster, better, and cheaper. Finally, we reached the point that almost anything you could ever want could be sent to your home within days - even hours - of when you decided you wanted it. America made that happen, but now America has lost interest in keeping it going.

Globe-spanning supply chains are only possible with the protection of the U.S. Navy. The American dollar underpins internationalized energy and financial markets. Complex, innovative industries were created to satisfy American consumers. American security policy forced warring nations to lay down their arms. Billions of people have been fed and educated as the American-led trade system spread across the globe. All of this was artificial. All this was temporary. All this is ending.

In The End of the World Is Just the Beginning, author and geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan maps out the next world: a world where countries or regions will have no choice but to make their own goods, grow their own food, secure their own energy, fight their own battles, and do it all with populations that are both shrinking and aging."


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