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The Weekly Leaf - May 5

The Weekly Leaf

This week, president of the Philippines Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. met with President Biden, two drones exploded over the Kremlin, and the White House hosted an AI summit with leading technology executives.

Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Brose quoted by Marcus Weisgerber for Defense One: "New Software Aims to Allow Fewer Troops to Manage More Drones"

Chris Coons, John Boozma, Lindsey Graham, and Chris Van Hollen for The Hill: "American Generosity Has Saved 25 Million Lives and Counting. Let’s Reauthorize PEPFAR Now"

Mark Esper interviewed by John Roberts for Fox News: "Kremlin Attack Was ‘Attempt to Embarrass' Russia"

Michael Froman interviewed by David Westin for Bloomberg: "The Days of Hyperglobalization Are Receding"

Michael J. Green and Paul Haenle for Foreign Policy: "What the Bush-Obama China Memos Reveal"

Kay Bailey Hutchison interviewed by William Inboden for War on the Rocks: "European Security After the War in Ukraine"

David Ignatius for the Washington Post: "The U.S. Warms to a Role for China in Resolving the Ukraine War"

Anja Manuel announced as a member of the International Leadership Council for the Center for European Policy Analysis

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: "Dilemmas of Deterrence"

David Petraeus, Carl Bildt, and Nik Gowing for Delphi Economic Forum: "The Shifting Sand of Alliances: Toward a New Geopolitical Landscape"

Lawrence H. Summers interviewed by Wolf Blitzer for CNN


Rising Leaders in the News

Congratulations to ASG Rising Leader Nathan Dial ('22) who was recently appointed to the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy!


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Lyse Doucet for the BBC: "Sudan Generals Unwilling to End Fighting - UN"

Richard Engel, Michael McFaul, James Stavridis, and Andrea Mitchell for NBC: "Amb. McFaul: Alleged Drone Attack Was ‘Not an Assassination Attempt on Vladimir Putin’"

Larry Fink interviewed by Jason Bordoff for the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast: "The Nuances of Energy Transition Investments"

Stephen Kotkin interviewed by David Remnick for The New Yorker: "How the War in Ukraine Ends"

Isabella Kwai for The New York Times: "What to Know About the U.S.-Philippines Alliance"

Cindy McCain interviewed by Nick Schifrin for PBS: "Cindy McCain on Her New Role as Head of the UN World Food Programme"

Mark Milley interviewed by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan for Foreign Affairs: "How to Avoid a Great-Power War"

Chris Morris for Fast Company: "What to Know About Today’s AI Summit at the White House"

Eric Schmidt, Mark Warner, and Todd Young et al. for Semafor: "The U.S. Is Girding for War With Microchips"

Andrea Shalal and David Lawder for Reuters: "World Bank Board Elects U.S. Nominee Ajay Banga as President"

Brian Spegele for The Wall Street Journal: "China Balks at U.S. Push for Better Communications During Crises"

Kent Walker interviewed by Christopher Bracey for George Washington University: "How AI Is Transforming Cybersecurity"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation on the aerial threats of tomorrow and the future of the U.S. Air Force from the 2022 Aspen Security Forum.

General Charles Q. Brown, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, U.S. Air Force

Moderator: Courtney Kube, Pentagon Correspondent, NBC News


Partner Content

To commemorate the legacy of Special Competitive Studies Project advisor, ASG member, and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, SCSP and Stephanie Carter will co-host the Ash Carter Exchange on May 9 in Washington, DC.

The Exchange will bring together champions of innovation from the government, private sector, and scientific community to examine how to advance collaboration in pursuit of national security. Register to attend this free event live or virtually here.


Book of the Week

By Jamil Jan Kochai

"Pen/Hemingway finalist Jamil Jan Kochai ​breathes life into his contemporary Afghan characters, moving between modern-day Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora in America. In 'Playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,' a young man’s video game experience turns into a surreal exploration on his own father’s memories of war and occupation. Set in Kabul, 'Return to Sender' follows two married doctors driven by guilt to leave the U.S. and care for their fellow Afghans, even when their own son disappears. A college student in the U.S. in 'Hungry Ricky Daddy' starves himself in protest of Israeli violence against Palestine. And in the title story, 'The Haunting of Hajji Hotak,' we learn the story of a man codenamed Hajji, from the perspective of a government surveillance worker, who becomes entrenched in the immigrant family’s life.

The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories is a moving exploration of characters grappling with the ghosts of war and displacement—and one that speaks to the immediate political landscape we reckon with today."


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