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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 8/28/20

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This week, the WHO declared that wild polio was eradicated in Africa, Greece and Turkey continued their maritime dispute over energy resources in the Mediterranean, and the UN rejected the United States’ request for the snapback of sanctions on Iran. Read about these developments below.

At the Aspen Security Forum 2020, we delved into pressing national security issues like these and many more. Thank you to all those who joined us as we pioneered the first-ever fully digital version of the forum. As our partners in this inaugural event, we value your feedback and insights to improve the experience. Please share your thoughts in our survey here.

This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Sylvia Burwell on CBS News: “Former HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell Urges National Testing Strategy to Reopen Schools”

Dianne Feinstein’s statement on the shooting of Jacob Blake

Michael Green and Robert Zoellick in CSIS online event: “A Book Talk on America in the World

Joseph Nye in Project Syndicate: “The Other Global Power Shift”

David Sanger and Lara Jakes in The New York Times: “Instead of Isolating Iran, U.S. Finds Itself on the Outside Over Nuclear Deal”

Philip Zelikow in War on the Rocks: “Brent Scowcroft and American Military Intervention”

Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions


Cameron Costa on CNBC: “Minority Entrepreneurs at a Tipping Point as Black-Owned Banks Dwindle in the U.S.”

  • See our ASF 2020 session on poverty and inequality with CEO of Robin Hood Wes Moore and former Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell McCormick here.

Jonathan Marcus in BBC News: “The Eastern Mediterranean Tinderbox: Why Greek-Turkish Rivalries Have Expanded”

  • See our ASF 2020 conversation with Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis and ASG Executive Director Nicholas Burns here.

Paul Nakasone and Michael Sulmeyer in Foreign Affairs: “How to Compete in Cyberspace”

  • See our ASF 2020 session on technology, democracy, and protecting our elections with Laura Rosenberger and Renee Di Resta here.

Michelle Nichols in Reuters: “U.N. Security Council President Dismisses U.S. Sanctions Move on Iran”

  • See our ASF 2020 discussion with Ambassador of the U.S. to the UN Kelly Craft here.

Naomi Thomas and Aisha Salaudeen on CNN: “Eradication of Polio in Africa is 'Great Day,' WHO Director General Says”

  • See our ASF 2020 discussion with WHO representatives Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Maria Van Kerkhove, and Mike Ryan here.

Dov Zakheim in The Hill: “While Our Foes Deploy Hypersonic Weapons, Washington Debates About Funding”

  • See our ASF 2020 conversation with Michèle Flournoy on modernizing the U.S. Department of Defense here.

Book of the Week


Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances

By Mira Rapp-Hooper

In Shields of the Republic, Mira Rapp-Hooper reveals the remarkable success of America’s unprecedented system of alliances. Today the alliance system is threatened from without and within. China and Russia seek to break America’s alliances through conflict and non-military erosion. Meanwhile, U.S. politicians and voters are increasingly skeptical of alliances’ costs and benefits and believe we may be better off without them. But what if the alliance system is a victim of its own quiet success? Rapp-Hooper argues that America’s national security requires alliances that deter and defend against military and non-military conflict alike. The alliance system is past due for a post–Cold War overhaul, but it remains critical to the country’s safety and prosperity in the 21st century.

Watch Mira Rapp-Hooper’s discussion with Julie Smith and Nicholas Burns on America’s endangered alliances at the 2020 Aspen Security Forum here



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