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The Weekly Leaf - September 15

The Weekly Leaf

This week, President Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Russia, the G20 Summit concluded, and the U.S. Senate held a bipartisan AI Insight Forum.

Read more below.


Revisit the 2023 Aspen Security Forum


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Sylvia Burwell and Mike Froman presided over a conversation with Robert Rubin at CFR: “Decision Making in an Uncertain World”

Mike Froman moderated a discussion with Mike Gallagher and Raja Krishnamoorthi for CFR: “U.S. Strategic Competition With China”

Michael J. Green for Foreign Policy: “Never Say Never to an Asian NATO”

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “In Afghanistan, the Taliban Has All But Extinguished Al-Qaeda"

David Petraeus interviewed by Anna Pshemyska for DW: “Petraeus: ‘Good Chance’ Kyiv Counteroffensive Gains Continue"

Condoleezza Rice interviewed by Niall Ferguson for The Times: "Condoleezza Rice: Is America Heading for a Fall? No, We're Doing OK"

David Sanger and Josh Rogin interviewed by Margaret Brennan for CBS News: “Level of Secrecy Within Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Regime Is ‘Unprecedented’”

Dan Sullivan interviewed by Fox Business: “Biden Administration Focuses on Undermining This Great Strength of the U.S.: Sen. Dan Sullivan"


Rising Leaders in the News

"Western indifference and impatience are Putin’s ultimate weapons in this war. Without them, Putin faces a strategic dead end."

Liana Fix ('23) and Michael Kimmage for Foreign Affairs: “Will the West Abandon Ukraine?”


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Goli Ameri, Jane Harman, and Patricia Karam at an event hosted by Freedom House, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security, and Georgetown University's Iranian Cultural Society: “Mahsa Amini's Death: A Year of Protest and Looking to the Future”

Rana Ayyub for The Washington Post: “As India Hosts the G-20, a Warning About the Country’s Future”

Antony Blinken at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies: “The Power and Purpose of American Diplomacy in a New Era”

Nandita Bose, Francesco Guarascio, and Trevor Hunnicutt for Reuters: “U.S. and Vietnam Ink Historic Partnership In Biden Visit, With Eyes on China”

Jane Harman and Mick Mulvaney interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin for CNBC: “Clock Ticking to Avert Government Shutdown”

Farah Pandith, Juan Zarate, and Elliott Abrams at CFR: “Virtual Roundtable: The Future of Counterterrorism”

L. Rafael Reif for Foreign Affairs: “American Universities Shouldn’t Cut All Ties With China”

Arvind Subramanian and Josh Felman for Project Syndicate: “India Should Quit the BRICS”

Kim Tong-Hyung and Emma Burrows for the AP: "Kim Jong Un Arrives In Russian City of Komsomolsk-on-Amur for Expected Visit to Fighter Jet Plant"

Aoife Walsh for BBC: “Libyan Rivals ‘Co-Ordinating Over Flood Relief’”

Martin Wolf for the Financial Times: “We Need The G20 – But What Is It For?"

Cat Zakrzewski, Cristiano Lima, and David DiMolfetta for The Washington Post: "Tech Leaders Including Musk, Zuckerberg Call for Government Action on AI"


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation about India's role on the world stage from the

Rana Ayyub, Global Opinions Contributing Writer, The Washington Post

Shivshankar Menon, Visiting Professor of International Relations at Ashoka University

Joseph Nye, Co-Chair, Aspen Strategy Group and Dean Emeritus, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Nirupama Rao, Former Foreign Secretary of India

Moderator: Amna Nawaz, Co-Anchor, PBS NewsHour


Book of the Week

Underground Empire: How America Weaponized the World Economy

By Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman

“A deeply researched investigation that reveals how the United States is like a spider at the heart of an international web of surveillance and control, which it weaves in the form of globe-spanning networks such as fiber optic cables and obscure payment systems...

Slowly but surely, Washington has turned the most vital pathways of the world economy into tools of domination over foreign businesses and countries, whether they are rivals or allies, allowing the U.S. to maintain global supremacy. In the process, we have sleepwalked into a new struggle for empire. Using true stories, field-defining findings, and original reporting, Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman show how the most ordinary aspects of the post–Cold War economy have become realms of subterfuge and coercion, and what we must do to ensure that this new arms race doesn’t spiral out of control.”


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