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The Weekly Leaf - May 12

The Weekly Leaf

This week, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi in Vienna, the United Kingdom delivered long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine, and G7 finance ministers met in Niigata, Japan.

Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons' statement on China: "The Challenge of the Century Is China"

Mark T. Esper and Deborah Lee James for Defense One: "Want More Pentagon Innovation? Try This Experiment"

Robert Gates, Condoleezza Rice, Leon Panetta, Alex Younger, and Thom Shanker for the Special Competitive Studies Project - Ash Carter Exchange: "Innovation, Geopolitics, and Grand Strategy"

Susan Glasser for The New Yorker: "Will the (Russian) Empire Strike Back?"

Michael J. Green, Jude Blanchette, and Scott Morrison for The Asia Chessboard podcast: "Economics, Security, and Alignment: The Perspective From Australia"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "Why Isn’t the U.S. Seeking Peace in Ukraine? David Ignatius Answered Your Questions."

David Petraeus interviewed by Erin Burnett for CNN: "Ukraine Has Begun 'Shaping' Operations for Counteroffensive"

Penny Pritzker interviewed Pat Gelsinger, Jensen Huang, and Arvind Krishna for the Grainger College of Engineering: "Tech Giants Talk: 75 Years of the Transistor"

David Rubenstein for the New York Historical Society: "Why Is the Pentagon a Pentagon?"

David Sanger for The New York Times: "The Next Fear on AI: Hollywood's Killer Robots Become the Military's Tools"


Rising Leaders in the News

Congratulations to ASG Rising Leader Ahmad Nasir (’23) on his selection as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University!


Congratulations to ASG Rising Leader Carissa Smith (’23) on her appointment to the Advisory Council of Black Professionals in International Affairs!


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Onur Ant and Selva Bahar Baziki for Bloomberg: "Erdogan Teeters Before a Turkish Vote That’s Got the World Watching"

Chris Cook, Federica Cocco, and Max Seddon for the Financial Times: "EU Goods Worth at Least $1 Billion Vanish in Russia 'Ghost Trade'"

Rose Gottemoeller, Samuel Brannen, Michael O'Hanlon, and Vivian Salama for the Atlantic Council: "Deterrence by Denial: Reinforcing NATO’s Eastern Flank"

Robbie Gramer for Foreign Policy: "How the U.S. Fumbled Sudan's Hopes for Democracy"

Shelby Holliday for The Wall Street Journal: "The U.S. Military's New Strategy to Counter China in the Pacific"

Henry Kissinger interviewed by Ted Koppel for CBS Sunday Morning: "Henry Kissinger on a Potential Artificial Intelligence Arms Race"

Elaine Kurtenbach for the AP: "G7 Finance Ministers to Vow Support for Ukraine, Seek Ways to Spur Global Economy as Debt Risk Loom"

Suzanne Lynch for POLITICO: "Why the EU Loves Erdogan"

Andrew Macaskill for Reuters: "Britain Moves First to Supply Ukraine With Long-Range Cruise Missiles"

Amanda Macias for CNBC: "U.S. Holds 'Candid' Talks With China Amid Russia's War in Ukraine"

David Miliband for Foreign Affairs: "The World Beyond Ukraine"

Rebecca Tan, Dera Menra Sijabat, and Joshua Irwandi for The Washington Post: "To Meet EV Demand, Industry Turns to Technology Long Deemed Hazardous"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation on how 'useful fiction' can help prepare for the future of warfare from the 2022 Aspen Security Forum.

Miriam Krieger, Permanent Professor, U.S. Air Force Academy

P.W. Singer, Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America

Daniel H. Wilson, Author and Screenwriter, Iron Cloud Entertainment

Moderator: Steve Clemons, Founding Editor at Large, Semafor


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Book of the Week

By Reid Hoffman with GPT-4

"In a first, Hoffman doesn’t just write about GPT-4; he interacts and writes with GPT-4, letting readers see the technology’s capabilities — its strengths and limitations alike. Using GPT-4 as his 'author’s co-pilot,' Hoffman paints an intriguing, challenging, and often entertaining picture of what’s possible: where trouble may arise, but also crucially, what could possibly go right. His conversation with AI takes us on a journey to the future, where AI is not a threat, but a partner. A partner that can help us unlock our full potential as human beings.

How might humanity use GPT-4 to continue our long-standing quest to make life more meaningful and prosperous? How can we use it to help solve some of the hardest challenges we face? To expand opportunities for self-determination and self-expression?

Along with solutions and opportunities, GPT-4 will also create its own challenges and uncertainties. Impromptu explores how we might address risk as we continue to develop AI technologies that can boost human progress at a time when the need for rapid solutions at scale has never been greater. Impromptu starts the conversation, and invites us to join that conversation to shape our collaborative journey and achieve our destiny."


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