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The Weekly Leaf - September 29

The Weekly Leaf

This week, ASG member and California Senator Dianne Feinstein passed away after a storied career in public service, President Biden hosted Pacific Island leaders at the White House, and tens of thousands fled Nagorno-Karabakh after its dissolution as a self-governing region.

Read more below.


Revisit the 2023 Aspen Security Forum


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from the Aspen Strategy Group Members

Sylvia Burwell received the Trailblazer in Gender Equity and Diversity Award at the Women Business Collaborative’s annual Action for Impact Summit

Mark T. Esper interviewed by Katy Tur for MSNBC: “Fmr. Defense Secretary Esper on Mark Milley’s Legacy and the Nation’s Biggest Threats”

Michael Froman interviewed Ajay Banga for the Council on Foreign Relations

Robert Gates for Foreign Affairs: "The Dysfunctional Superpower: Can a Divided America Deter China and Russia?"

Kay Bailey Hutchison, Jake Auchincloss, Evelyn Farkas, and Igor Khrestin for the 2023 Texas Tribune Festival: “Worth Fighting For”

David Ignatius for The Washington Post: “In Fight Over Satellite Array, Tiny Liechtenstein Roars Back at China”

Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: “A Murder, a Diplomatic Dust-Up, and the Risk of Impunity”

Joseph Nye interviewed by A’ndre Gonawela and Andrew Wilson for The Burn Bag podcast: “Neoliberalism, Soft Power, and a Moral Foreign Policy”

Penny Pritzker at CSIS: “Keynote Remarks by Secretary Penny Pritzker, U.S. Special Rep. for Ukraine’s Economic Recovery”

Susan Schwab interviewed by Riley Walters at the Hudson Institute: “Assessing U.S. Trade Policy with Ambassador Susan Schwab”

Lawrence Summers and N.K. Singh interviewed by Anant Goenka for The Indian Express: “‘What Skill PM Modi Has That AB Vajpayee Didn’t’: Rapid Fire With NK Singh & Lawrence Summers”


A Tribute to Dianne Feinstein

Senator Feinstein was an inspiring leader, pioneer for women in politics, and advocate for human rights.

Read our full statement here.


Rising Leaders in the News

"A Ukrainian victory would not solve Washington’s 'Russia problem.' Instead, the United States will have to consider how to contend with and manage an unpredictable, destabilizing Russia over the long term."

Liana Fix (‘23) and Ali Wyne for Journal of Democracy: “Stop Trying to ‘Defeat’ Russia and China”


Things to Know

Content Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Goli Ameri for The Hill: “U.S. Iran Policy Shouldn’t Depend on Which Party Is in Power”

Natalie Andrews for The Wall Street Journal: "Dianne Feinstein, Longest Serving California Senator, Dies at 90"

Daniel Baer for Foreign Policy: “America’s Budget Dysfunction Has Geopolitical Costs”

Julian Borger and Siosifa Pomana for The Guardian: “Biden Pledges More Aid to Pacific Islands to Counter Growing Chinese Influence”

Stephen Hadley, Desi Shaw, and Maggie Miller for the 2023 CEPA Forum: “Winning the War. Winning the Peace.”

Olena Harmash and Oleksandr Kozhukhar for Reuters: “Ukraine Says Russia Black Sea Fleet Commander Killed; No Comment by Moscow”

Andrew Higgins and Ivan Nechepurenko for The New York Times: “A Stunningly Sudden End to a Long, Bloody Conflict in the Caucasus”

Bonnie Jenkins quoted by Ryo Nakamura for Nikkei Asia: “U.S. to Propose Military AI Norms at U.N. Next Month”

Shivshankar Menon and Vijay Gokhale interviewed by Tanvi Madan for The Brookings Institution: “A Big-Picture Look at the India-China Relationship”

Lara Seligman for POLITICO: “Milley Hands the Baton to Brown at a Pivotal Moment for Ukraine”

Fareed Zakaria for The Washington Post: "A Peace Deal Between the Saudis and Israelis Could Change Everything"


Tweet of the Week


From the Archives

Revisit our conversation with General Mark Milley from the

Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor and Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News


Book of the Week

By Evan S. Medeiros (Editor, Contributor), Richard K. Betts, Harry Harding, Wang Jisi, Wu Xinbo, Elizabeth Economy, Arthur Kroeber, Phillip C. Saunders, Li Chen, James Mulvenon, Paul Triolo, and Helen Toner

"The U.S.-China relationship is now defined by ‘strategic competition.’ In Cold Rivals, a distinguished group of scholars from the United States and China examine the reasons for this deterioration and its implications for world politics.

The two countries are now competitors locked in a long-term rivalry, but how volatile this rivalry will become is still to be determined. The book explores not only the historical roots and contemporary foreign policy aspects of this era, but also looks at the economic, military, and technological arenas of U.S.-China strategic competition. In doing so, this volume highlights important differences in U.S. and Chines

e perspectives. A final section of the volume explores future scenarios for this relationship from a variety of perspectives, all coming to a sobering conclusion.”


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