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The Weekly Leaf - May 19

The Weekly Leaf

This week, leaders of the G7 met in Japan and announced further sanctions against Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky attended the Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia before heading to the G7 meeting, and President Joe Biden canceled a planned trip to Australia and Papua New Guinea to address a domestic debt limit stand-off.

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons interviewed by The Washington Post: “Role of Innovation and Technology in the Race to Net-Zero”

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Stephen Rodriguez for the Atlantic Council: "A Symposium at the Intersection of Defense, National Security, and Autonomy"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "In Vienna, the U.S.-China Relationship Shows Signs of Hope"

David Petraeus interviewed by Peter Bergen for the In The Room podcast: “What Keeps General David Petraeus Up at Night?”

Penny Pritzker interviewed Steven Freidkin for PSP Partners: "A Penny For Your Thoughts: Conversation With Steven Freidkin, Ntiva"

Jack Reed quoted by Connor O'Brien for POLITICO: "Pentagon Chiefs: Debt Default Is Bad for Troops, Good for China"

Condoleezza Rice and Nancy Pelosi for the Alliance of Democracies: "U.S. Leadership in a Time of Autocratic Resurgence at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit"

David Sanger for The New York Times: "Ukraine and China Will Dominate G7 Summit, But a New Threat Lurks: A.I."

Larry Summers interviewed by CNN: “Larry Summers With Anderson Cooper on CNN Discussing the Consequences of Default”


Rising Leaders in the News

ASG Rising Leader Liana Fix ('23) interviewed by Laila Harrak for CNN: "Zelensky Visits Berlin as Germany Promises More Military Aid"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Peter Baker for The New York Times: "For Biden, Crisis at Home Complicates Diplomacy Abroad"

Aya Batrawy for NPR: "Zelensky Arrives at Arab League Summit, as Saudi Arabia Flexes Diplomatic Muscle"

Soutik Biswas for BBC News: "Pakistan Is on the Edge. Should India Be Worried?"

Jane Harman interviewed by Annmarie Hordern and Kailey Leinz for Bloomberg: "Visit Is Right Thing To Do: Harman on Jake Sullivan's Middle East Visit"

Fiona Hill interviewed by Rieke Havertz and Martin Klingst for Zeit Online: "The World Is Feeding Russia's Imperial Delusions"

Lauren Kent, Julia Kesaieva, and Brad Lendon for CNN: "UK, Netherlands Are Working to Procure F-16 Fighters for Ukraine, Downing Street Says"

Fumio Kishida for Foreign Affairs: "The New Meaning of Hiroshima"

Katrina Manson and Anna Edgerton for Bloomberg: “China Military’s Use of AI Raises Alarm for Congress, Ex-Google CEO”

Karl Ritter and David Keyton for the AP: "China and Russia Are Increasing Their Military Collaboration, Japan’s Foreign Minister Warns"

The Wall Street Journal: "How Australia’s New Submarines Fuse Western Military Tech to Counter China"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation with three former U.S. National Security Advisors from the 2022 Aspen Security Forum.

Thomas Donilon, 22nd U.S. National Security Advisor

Stephen Hadley, 20th U.S. National Security Advisor

Condoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary, U.S. Department of State, and 19th U.S. National Security Advisor

Moderator: Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times


Book of the Week

By Josh Chin and Liza Lin

"Surveillance State tells the gripping, startling, and detailed story of how China’s Communist Party is building a new kind of political control: shaping the will of the people through the sophisticated―and often brutal―harnessing of data.

It is a story born in Silicon Valley and America’s 'War on Terror,' and now playing out in alarming ways on China’s remote Central Asian frontier. As ethnic minorities in a border region strain against Party control, China’s leaders have built a dystopian police state that keeps millions under the constant gaze of security forces armed with AI. But across the country in the city of Hangzhou, the government is weaving a digital utopia, where technology helps optimize everything from traffic patterns to food safety to emergency response.

Award-winning journalists Josh Chin and Liza Lin take readers on a journey through the new world China is building within its borders, and beyond. Telling harrowing stories of the people and families affected by the Party’s ambitions, Surveillance State reveals a future that is already underway―a new society engineered around the power of digital surveillance."


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