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The Weekly Leaf - September 22

The Weekly Leaf

This week, the UN General Assembly met, President Zelenskyy met with U.S. leaders in Washington, and General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. was confirmed as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Revisit the 2023 Aspen Security Forum


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Chris Coons debated Marco Rubio for CBS News: The Senate Project: “Sens. Chris Coons and Marco Rubio Debate Over China, Climate Change, and More”

Mark T. Esper for Fox News: “White House’s Prisoner Swap Deal With Iran Incentivizes ‘All the Wrong Things’”

Mike Froman interviewed James Cleverly for the Council on Foreign Relations: “A Conversation With UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly”

Susan Glasser moderated a panel with Timothy Garton Ash and Fiona Hill at The Brookings Institution: “Ukraine, the West, and the World: Breaking Point or Transformational Moment?”

Michael J. Green, Jude Blanchette, and Erin L. Murphy for The Asia Chessboard podcast: "Myanmar's Closing"

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “As Joint Chiefs Chair, Milley Was a Pattonesque Presence Stepping Carefully”

Anja Manuel quoted in Handelsblatt: “Biden Is Fighting for Kiev, But Support in the USA Is Dwindling”

Penny Pritzker interviewed by Ailsa Chang for NPR: “U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Talks Economic Recovery”

David Rubenstein at American University: “2023 Sine Institute Distinguished Lecturer David Rubenstein”

Dan Sullivan and Tom Daschle for The Hill: “U.S. Support for Democracy Will Smash the New Rise of Authoritarianism”

Lawrence Summers and Benn Steil for Open to Debate: “Should Ukraine Get Russia’s Frozen Assets?”


Tweet of the Week


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Ylli Bajraktari for The Hill: “America’s Framework to Lead on AI”

Antony Blinken, James Cleverly, and Kent Walker at the UN General Assembly: “Artificial Intelligence for Accelerating Progress on Sustainable Development Goals”

Karoun Demirjian and Kayla Guo for The New York Times: "Senate Confirms Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sidestepping Tuberville Blockade"

Jane Harman and Jens Stoltenberg for the Council on Foreign Relations: "Russell C. Leffingwell Lecture With Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg"

Ellen Knickmeyer, Lisa Mascaro, and Mary Clare Jalonick for the AP: ”Zelenskyy Delivers Upbeat Message to U.S. Lawmakers on War Progress as Some Republican Support Softens”

Felix Light and Andrew Osborn for Reuters: “Azerbaijan Halts Karabakh Offensive After Ceasefire Deal With Armenian Separatists”

Amna Nawaz interviewed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for PBS: “Turkey’s Erdogan Says He Trusts Russia ‘Just as Much as I Trust the West’”

Paula Newton and Rhea Mogul for CNN: “India Expels Canadian Diplomat in Tit-For-Tat Move as Spat Over Assassinated Sikh Activist Deepens”

María Ortiz Pérez for the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program: “What Does an Increasingly Divided World Mean for Climate Action?”

Gina Raimondo testified before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on C-SPAN: “Commerce Secretary Testifies on the CHIPS and Science Act”

Kori Schake for The Atlantic: “Ukraine Isn’t the Reason the U.S. Is Unprepared for War”

Christine Wormuth and Randy George for CSIS: “Strategic Landpower Dialogue: A Conversation with Secretary Christine Wormuth & General Randy George”


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation with General Charles Q. Brown from the

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

Moderator: Courtney Kube, Pentagon Correspondent, NBC News


Book of the Week

By Brad Smith, Carol Ann Browne, and Bill Gates (Foreword)

"...While sweeping digital transformation holds great promise, we have reached an inflection point. The world has turned information technology into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon, and new approaches are needed to manage an era defined by even more powerful inventions like artificial intelligence. Companies that create technology must accept greater responsibility for the future, and governments will need to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the pace of innovation.

In Tools and Weapons, Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne bring us a captivating narrative from the cockpit of one of the world's largest and most powerful tech companies as it finds itself in the middle of some of the thorniest emerging issues of our time. These are challenges that come with no preexisting playbook, including privacy, cybercrime and cyberwar, social media, the moral conundrums of artificial intelligence, big tech's relationship to inequality, and the challenges for democracy, far and near.”


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