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The Weekly Leaf - May 26

The Weekly Leaf

As we observe Memorial Day this weekend, we recognize and honor those who have lost their lives in service to our country.

This week, the U.S. and Papua New Guinea signed a bilateral defense cooperation agreement, the new Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the U.S. Xie Feng arrived in Washington, and debt ceiling negotiations continued between the Biden administration and House Republicans.

Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Brose, Ulrike Franke, Edward Stringer, Tim Marshall, and Lord Hague for the London Defence Conference: "Air, Space, and AI"

Robert Gates interviewed by Margaret Brennan for CBS News: “Robert Gates, Former Defense Secretary, on ‘Face the Nation’”

Michael J. Green interviewed Kurt Campbell and Mira Rapp-Hooper for the United States Studies Centre: "Readout on President Biden's Asia Trip"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “How Will the World Order Be Affected If Russia Prevails?”

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: “How to Change a Life for 50 Cents”

Anja Manuel provided the keynote address for the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors

Dina Powell McCormick, Mansoor Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud, Bill Winters, and John Micklethwait for the Qatar Economic Forum: “Creating a Long-Term Investment Strategy”

Joseph Nye interviewed by Sri Jegarajah for CNBC International: "China and Russia Are in an 'Alignment of Convenience,' Not a Deep Alliance, Professor Says"

David Petraeus interviewed by John Micklethwait at the Qatar Economic Forum: “Return of the Multipolar World”

Jack Reed interviewed by Shannon Bream on Fox News Sunday: “Defaulting on Debt Is 'Completely Avoidable'”

David Sanger for The New York Times: “Chinese Malware Hits Systems on Guam. Is Taiwan the Real Target?”


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Jason Bordoff and Ed Miliband for the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast: "The UK Works Toward Energy Affordability and Net Zero"

Charles Q. Brown, David Berger, James McConville, Michael Gilday, B. Chance Saltzman, Linda Fagan, and Richard Haass for the Council on Foreign Relations: "The Joint Chiefs in Conversation: McKeon Series on Military Strategy and Leadership"

Courtney Kube, Carol Lee, and Julia Ainsley for NBC: "Senior Biden Officials Are Pushing to Send U.S. Troops to South American Jungle to Help Curb Human Smuggling"

Andrea Mitchell interviewed Samantha Power and Mykhailo Federo for MSNBC: "USAID Administrator and Ukraine's Digital Minister Team Up for Wartime App ‘Diia’"

Kirsty Needham for Reuters: "U.S., Papua New Guinea Sign Defence Agreement as Modi Pledges Support for Pacific Islands"

Marcin Przydacz, Mark Brzezinski, Sławomir Dębsk, Paula Dobriansky, Daniel Fried, John Herbst, Wojciech Konończuk, and Aaron Korewa for the Atlantic Council: "The U.S. and Poland: A New Agenda for a Transatlantic Future"

Gina Raimondo interviewed by Karen Tumulty for The Washington Post Live: "The Biden Administration: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo"

Eric Schmidt for Foreign Affairs: "To Compete With China on Tech, America Needs to Fix Its Immigration System"

Semafor: "Ukraine Is Running Out of Ammo. The West Doesn’t Have Enough."

Keith Zhai for The Wall Street Journal: "New Chinese Ambassador Departs for the U.S. Under a Cloud of Uncertainty"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation with the former Chinese ambassador to the U.S. from the 2022 Aspen Security Forum.

Qin Gang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the U.S.

Moderator: Edward Luce, U.S. National Editor, Financial Times


Book of the Week

By Nina Jankowicz

"Since the start of the Trump era, the United States and the Western world has finally begun to wake up to the threat of online warfare and the attacks from Russia, who flood social media with disinformation, and circulate false and misleading information to fuel fake narratives and make the case for illegal warfare. The question no one seems to be able to answer is: what can the West do about it?

Central and Eastern European states, including Ukraine and Poland, however, have been aware of the threat for years. Nina Jankowicz has advised these governments on the front lines of the information war. The lessons she learnt from that fight, and from her attempts to get U.S. congress to act, make for essential reading... How to Lose the Information War takes the reader on a journey through five Western governments' responses to Russian information warfare tactics - all of which have failed."


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