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The Weekly Leaf - November 3

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Vice President Kamala Harris attended the AI Safety Summit in the UK, the White House announced that President Joe Biden is expected to meet with President Xi Jinping in San Francisco later this month, and former ASG Executive Director Kurt Campbell was nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary of State.

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Aspen Security Forum: DC Edition


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons, David Ignatius, Richard Haass, and Katty Kay on Morning Joe for MSNBC

Elizabeth Economy at The American Academy in Berlin: "United States Strategy Toward China"

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Jake Tapper for CNN: "Why Aid for Ukraine and Israel Shouldn't Be Split"

Michael J. Green interviewed by David Lipson for ABC Radio International: "Biden and Albanese Consider China Relations"

Chris Howard interviewed by Bridget Burns and Doug Lederman for Inside Higher Ed

Kay Bailey Hutchison interviewed Antony Blinken for the Horns of a Dilemma podcast

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "How a Deep Palestinian Yearning Has Been Hijacked by Hamas"

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: "The Words in the Middle East That Are Breaking My Heart"

David Petraeus interviewed by Jim Sciutto and Rahel Solomon for CNN Max

Condoleezza Rice interviewed by Bari Weiss for The Free Press: "The New Axis of Evil: Condoleezza Rice on War in Israel and a Changed World"

David Sanger and Cecilia Kang for The New York Times: "Biden Issues Executive Order to Create A.I. Safeguards"

Frances Townsend interviewed by Dana Perino for Fox News: "‘We Should Be Worried' About Terror Attack on U.S. Soil, Former DHS Official Warns"


Rising Leaders in the News

"At a time when the world faces political turmoil on several fronts, the success of Putin’s tactics will be decided at ballot boxes across Europe and in the United States."

Liana Fix ('23) and Caroline Kapp for The Atlantic: "Why Vladimir Putin Is Embracing Germany’s Far Right"


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Wally Adeyemo interviewed by Gideon Rachman for The Rachman Review podcast: "The Global Power of the Dollar"

Aspen Ministers Forum: "Former Foreign Ministers Call for Global Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence"

Kana Baba for Nikkei Asia: "Japan Envisions 'Quasi-Alliance' With Philippines"

Antony Blinken for The Washington Post: "Defending Israel Is Essential. So Is Aiding Civilians in Gaza."

Jon Gambrell for the AP: "Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Claim Attacks on Israel, Drawing Their Main Sponsor Iran Closer to Hamas War"

Michael R. Gordon and Vivian Salama for The Wall Street Journal: "Russia’s Wagner Group Plans to Send Air Defenses to Hezbollah, U.S. Says"

Jacob Knutson for Axios: "Senate Confirms First Woman to Top Navy Post, Bypassing Tuberville Blockade"

Myles McCormick for the Financial Times: "‘Our Secret Weapon’: How a University Bolstered Phoenix’s Rise as U.S. Chip Capital"

Shivshankar Menon for The Wire: "India's Need for a National Security Strategy Cannot Be Ignored"

Dan Milmo and Kiran Stacey for The Guardian: "Five Takeaways From UK's AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park"

Reuters: "Biden Picks Asia Hand Kurt Campbell as Deputy Secretary of State"

Simon Shuster for TIME: "‘Nobody Believes in Our Victory Like I Do.’ Inside Volodymyr Zelensky’s Struggle to Keep Ukraine in the Fight"


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Book of the Week

By Mireya Solis

"Why has Japan emerged from the 'lost decades' unscathed from the populist wave and a far more consequential actor in the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific? In answering this question, Japan’s Quiet Leadership provides a sweeping look at Japan’s domestic economic and political evolution, its economic statecraft, and the array of geopolitical challenges that have triggered a gradual but substantial shift in the country’s security profile. This deep dive into Japan’s trajectory over the last three decades underscores Japan’s hidden strengths in its democratic resilience, social stability, and proactive diplomacy; while reckoning with the profound challenges the nation faces: depopulation, rising inequality, voter disengagement, and threats to Asia’s long peace. The book traces the profound currents of change coursing through the Japanese polity and its external environment; and the myriad ways in which Japan’s experience has become more relevant to countries coping with slow growth, adverse demographics, adjustment to economic globalization, and the emergence of a powerful and assertive China."


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