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The Weekly Leaf - March 4

The Weekly Leaf

This week, world leaders met in New Delhi for the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting, elections in Nigeria were held amidst widespread controversy, Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz visited Washington, and the Biden administration announced the National Cybersecurity Strategy.

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons interviewed by Zain Asher for CNN: "U.S. Tries to Counter Rising Chinese and Russian Influence"

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Neil Cavuto for Fox News "Former Defense Secretary on Questions Over Continuing Aid"

Michael Froman announced as the incoming president of the Council on Foreign Relations

Susan Glasser interviewed by Joan E. Greve for The Guardian: "Politics Weekly America"

Kay Bailey Hutchison interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: "Balance of Power"

David Ignatius, Anne Applebaum, and Helene Cooper for MSNBC: "Kyiv Standing Strong After First Year of War"

Nicholas Kristof interviewed Samantha Power for The New York Times: "Nicholas Kristof and Samantha Power on the Ukraine Invasion One Year Later"

Anja Manuel interviewed by Judy Samuelson for the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program: "Geopolitical Risks and Corporate Resilience"

Sam Nunn interviewed by Andrea Mitchell for MSNBC: "Concerned Over Putin Nuclear Rhetoric Leading to ‘Possible Mistakes or Blunders’"

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: "Popping China's Balloon"

Penny Pritzker for the Chicago Tribune: "Chicagoan Bessie Coleman, the First Black Female Pilot, Will Be Recognized on the U.S. Quarter"

Jack Reed statement on CHIPS Act implementation

Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, Fiona Hill, and David Ignatius for Brookings: "Meeting the Russia Challenge: Lessons From the Foreign Policy Transition From Bush to Obama"

Condoleezza Rice interviewed by Margaret Brennan for CBS: "Face the Nation"

David Rubenstein interviewed Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani for Bloomberg: "The David Rubenstein Show: Qatar's HBJ"

David Sanger for The New York Times: "New Biden Cybersecurity Strategy Assigns Responsibility to Tech Firms"

Dan Sullivan interviewed by Chuck Todd for NBC: "Meet the Press"

Lawrence H. Summers, Philip Zelikow, Robert Zoellick, and Susan Glasser for the Atlantic Council: "How to Sustain and Rebuild Ukraine's Economy"


Rising Leaders Program Class of 2023


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Ravi Agrawal interviewed Katherine Tai for Foreign Policy: "The White House's Case for Industrial Policy"

Max Colchester and Laurence Norman for The Wall Street Journal: "U.K., EU Reach Deal in Bid to Resolve Northern Ireland Trade Issue"

Rose Gottemoeller interviewed by Tom Collina for the Ploughshares Fund: "Press the Button: Ukraine Special Report"

Joe Manchin interviewed by Steve Clemons for Semafor: "'The Most Just War of My Lifetime': Joe Manchin Weighs In on Ukraine"

Anne Neuberger and Kemba Walden for CSIS: "The Biden-Harris Administration's National Cybersecurity Strategy"

Henry Olsen for The Washington Post: "This Is Biden's Chance to Press Scholz on Germany's Rearmament"

Astha Rajvanshi for TIME: "The Controversy Surrounding Nigeria's Presidential Election, Explained"

Eric Schmidt for Foreign Affairs: "Innovation Power: Why Technology Will Define the Future of Geopolitics"

CK Tan for Nikkei Asia: "China Set for New Xi-Loyalist Cabinet at National People's Congress"

Barbara Plett Usher and Nadine Yousif for BBC: "Antony Blinken and Sergei Lavrov Meet for First Time Since Ukraine War"


Book of the Week

By Paul Scharre

"A new industrial revolution has begun. Like mechanization or electricity before it, artificial intelligence will touch every aspect of our lives―and cause profound disruptions in the balance of global power, especially among the AI superpowers: China, the United States, and Europe. Autonomous weapons expert Paul Scharre takes readers inside the fierce competition to develop and implement this game-changing technology and dominate the future.

Four Battlegrounds argues that four key elements define this struggle: data, computing power, talent, and institutions. Data is a vital resource like coal or oil, but it must be collected and refined. Advanced computer chips are the essence of computing power―control over chip supply chains grants leverage over rivals. Talent is about people: which country attracts the best researchers and most advanced technology companies? The fourth 'battlefield' is maybe the most critical: the ultimate global leader in AI will have institutions that effectively incorporate AI into their economy, society, and especially their military."


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