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The Weekly Leaf - October 27

The Weekly Leaf

This week, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, the U.S. conducted airstrikes against Iranian-linked targets in Syria, and Governor of California Gavin Newsom met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

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Aspen Security Forum: DC Edition


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons and Marco Rubio for The Hill: "Searching for Productive Disagreement in a Time of Division"

Elizabeth Economy interviewed by Peter Robinson for the Hoover Institution: "The World According to China"

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Trace Gallagher for Fox News: "It All Goes Back to Iran"

Michael J. Green for the United States Studies Centre: "The Gaza War and the Korean Peninsula"

Kay Bailey Hutchison for the Atlantic Council: "The World Is on Fire. The United States Must Lead."

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: "In Fight Against Hamas, Israel Needs to Be Certain of Its ‘Big Ideas’"

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: "‘I’m Crying for All the Victims That Are Going to Suffer’"

David Petraeus on Meet the Press for NBC: "‘There Needs to Be a Plan for What Comes Next’ After Hamas Is Destroyed, Petraeus Says"

Jack Reed interviewed by Artie Tefft for WJAR NBC 10: "Sen. Jack Reed on U.S. Role in Israel, House Speaker"

Condoleezza Rice quoted by Dave Campbell for Forbes: "Condoleezza Rice, HIV/AIDS Relief, and the Future of PEPFAR"

David Sanger and Eric Schmitt for The New York Times: "U.S. Seeks Delay in Gaza Ground Invasion to Put Air Defenses in Place"

Frances Townsend interviewed by Martha MacCallum for Fox News: "Biden Must Explain Why Overseas Conflicts Are Important to Folks at Home"


Rising Leaders Program Applications Open


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Abbas Al Lawati and Mohammed Abdelbary for CNN: "What Is the Rafah Crossing, Gazans’ Last Hope to Escape the War, and How Does it Work?"

Blanca Begert for POLITICO: "Gov. Gavin Newsom Meets With Chinese President Xi Jinping"

Sylvie Corbet for the AP: "France’s Macron Seeks International Support for His Proposal to Build a Coalition Against Hamas"

Michèle Flournoy for the Center for New American Security: "AI Is Already at War"

Courtney Kube and Mosheh Gains for NBC: "Drone Attacks on American Bases Injured Two Dozen U.S. Military Personnel"

Simon Marks and Mohammed Alamin for Bloomberg: "Iran-Sudan Rapprochement Threatens to Deepen Deadly Civil War"

Oleksandra Matviichuk interviewed by Suzanne Nossel for the Council on Foreign Relations: "Ukraine Update: Pursuing Justice in Wartime"

Phil McCausland for the BBC: "Biden and Australia's Albanese Meet in DC to Strengthen Alliance"

Gideon Rachman for the Financial Times: "Israel and the Lessons of 9/11"

Eric Schmitt for The New York Times: "U.S. Strikes Iranian-Linked Targets in Syria"

Mustafa Suleyman interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin for CNBC: "Deepmind

Co-Founder Mustafa Suleyman Makes Push for Global Panel to Regulate AI Safety"

Jake Sullivan for Foreign Affairs: "The Sources of American Power"

Didi Tang and Matthew Lee for the AP: "China’s Top Diplomat Raises Hopes for Improving U.S. Ties as He Starts Three-Day Visit to Washington"


Featured Event

ASG Rising Leaders speak on a panel at the 2023 Denver Democracy Summit hosted by the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies.

Mari Manoogian ('21), Political Director at The Next 50 and former State Representative, Michigan

Philippe Nassif ('21), Associate Vice President, The Cohen Group

Anand Raghuraman ('22), Director, Global Public Policy, MasterCard

Moderator: Ryan Heath, Global Technology Correspondent, Axios


Book of the Week

By Melissa S. Kearney

"Based on more than a decade of economic research, including her original work, Kearney shows that a household that includes two married parents—holding steady among upper-class adults, increasingly rare among most everyone else—functions as an economic vehicle that advantages some children over others. As these trends of marriage and class continue, the compounding effects on inequality and opportunity grow increasingly dire. Their effects include not just children’s behavioral and educational outcomes, but a surprisingly devastating effect on adult men, whose role in the workforce and society appears intractably damaged by the emerging economics of America’s new social norms.

For many, the two-parent home may be an old-fashioned symbol of the idyllic American dream. But The Two-Parent Privilege makes it clear that marriage, for all its challenges and faults, may be our best path to a more equitable future. By confronting the critical role that family makeup plays in shaping children’s lives and futures, Kearney offers a critical assessment of what a decline in marriage means for an economy and a society—and what we must do to change course."


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