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The Weekly Leaf - October 6

The Weekly Leaf

This week, instability in Congress threatened future aid to Ukraine, Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and an American F-16 shot down a Turkish drone over Syria.

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Rapid Technological Change and Its Impact on

U.S. National Security Strategy

To Be Published October 18, 2023


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation with 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Oleksandra Matviichuk, Susan Glasser, Philip Zelikow, Colin Kahl, and Andriy Yermak about the future of Ukraine from the 2023 Aspen Security Forum.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Stephen E. Biegun, Shekhar Sinha, Jayant Sinha, Nadia Schadlow, and Kenneth R. Weinstein at the Hudson Institute: “India’s Role in a New Pacific Order: The Future of the U.S.-India Relationship"

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Poppy Harlow and Phil Mattingly for CNN: “Aid to Ukraine in Limbo After McCarthy Ousted as Speaker”

Susan Glasser interviewed by Vazha Tavberidze for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: “'Messianic' Putin Fell Victim to His Own Propaganda, Says Veteran Journalist”

Kay Bailey Hutchison moderated a discussion with Antony Blinken at the University of Texas at Austin

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “What Would Jamal Khashoggi Think of Saudi Arabia Today?”

Anja Manuel was interviewed by Christian Fraser for BBC News about developments in China, Russia, and beyond

Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate: “Not Destined for War”

Meghan O’Sullivan and Jason Bordoff interviewed by Brian Hanson for Deep Dish on Global Affairs podcast: “Energy Insecurity: Where Climate Change Meets Geopolitics”

Jack Reed for the Senate Armed Services Committee: “China, Russia, and North Korea Are Seeking Ways to Win Against the United States”

David Rubenstein interviewed Bill and Hillary Clinton for Bloomberg


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Hanna Arhirova for the AP: “Russian Strike on Cafe Kills 51, Ukrainian Officials Say, as Zelenskyy Seeks More Western Support”

Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer for Foreign Policy: “U.S. Budget Deal Has Europe Questioning American Resolve on Ukraine”

Paula Dobriansky interviewed by Shery Ahn and Haidi Stroud-Watts for Bloomberg: “Paula Dobriansky on EU-China Trade Talks and Geopolitics”

Thomas Grove and Jared Malsin for The Wall Street Journal: "Russia Withdraws Black Sea Fleet Vessels From Crimea Base After Ukrainian Attacks"

Jane Harman interviewed by Ari Shapiro for NPR: “Former Rep. Jane Harman on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Trailblazing Legacy”

Chris Massaro for Fox News: “Kosovo Accuses Serbia of Plotting Recent Terror Attack, Stoking Fears of New Balkan Conflict”

Jason Matheny for The Washington Post: “Here’s a Simple Way to Regulate Powerful AI Models”

Mark Milley interviewed by Lester Holt for NBC: “General Milley: China Is a ‘Very Capable’ Intelligence Collection Organization”

Hanna Notte for Foreign Affairs: "Russia’s Axis of the Sanctioned"

L. Rafael Reif for The Hill: “Congress Must Secure an American Manufacturing Base for Vital Tech”

Lara Seligman for POLITICO: "U.S. F-16 Shoots Down Turkish Drone Flying Over American Troops in Syria"


Book of the Week

By Calder Walton

“Spies is the history of the secret war that Russia and the West have been waging for a century. Espionage, sabotage, and subversion were the Kremlin’s means to equalize the imbalance of resources between the East and West before, during, and after the Cold War. There was nothing ‘unprecedented’ about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It was simply business as usual, new means used for old ends...

Mining hitherto secret archives in multiple languages, Calder Walton shows that the Cold War started earlier than commonly assumed, that it continued even after the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, and that Britain and America’s clandestine struggle with the Soviet government provides key lessons for countering China today."


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