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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 9/4/20

In this week’s news, September 2 marked the 75th anniversary of Japan’s World War II surrender, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe announced his resignation, the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium revealed the Fed’s new approach to inflation, and the Defense Department released its new report on China’s power. Read more about these developments below.

This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Nicholas Burns interviewed by the SAIS Review of International Affairs

Kurt Campbell, Richard Verma, and Ben Bland discuss Indonesia’s importance on The Asia Group’s The Tea Leaves podcast

Diana Farrell, Chris Wheat, and Chi Mac co-author JP Morgan Chase Institute report: “Small Business Owner Race, Liquidity, and Survival”

Michèle Flournoy and Camille Stewart on CNN: “Where We Need the Most Diverse Team of Advisers for U.S. Safety”

Mike Green and Nicholas Szechenyi on CSIS: “Shinzo Abe’s Decision to Step Down”

David McCormick featured by Kip McDaniel and Alicia McElhaney in Institutional Investor Magazine: “Bridgewater Is Having A Bad Year. David McCormick Has A Plan.”

Joseph Nye in USA Today: “'Tough on China' Is Not A Strategy. Trump Is Scrapping Tools That Keep Us Safe and Strong.”

Penny Pritzker’s P33 initiative featured by Pete Wilkins in Forbes: “1 Year In: How P33 Is Giving A Boost to Chicago’s Tech Ecosystem”

David Sanger and Julian Barnes in The New York Times: “A Shift on Election Briefings to Congress Could Create An Information Gap for Voters.”

Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions


Anastasia Graham-Yooll, Isabel Tejera, and Rory Sullivan on CNN: “Putin Passes on 'Warm Wishes' to Embattled Lukashenko, as Tanks Are Seen in Minsk Amid Protests”

  • Watch our ASF 2020 discussion on foreign policy recommendations from former National Security Advisors Tom Donilon and Stephen Hadley here.

Jason Slotkin on NPR: “Director Of National Intelligence Cancels Verbal Election Security Briefings”

  • See Ranking Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Mark Warner’s comments on election security at the 2020 Aspen Security Forum here.

Nick Timiraos in The Wall Street Journal: “Fed Approves Shift on Inflation Goal, Ushering In Longer Era of Low Rates”

  • Watch our ASF 2020 discussion on the future of the economy with former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers here.

Patrick Tucker in DefenseOne: “China Rapidly Increasing Nuclear, Naval, and Next-Gen Tech, Pentagon Warns”

  • See our discussion on U.S.-China relations with Elizabeth Economy, Minxin Pei, Mike Pillsbury, and Joseph Nye here.

The Los Angeles Times: “V-J Day 75th Anniversary: 5 Things to Know About Japan’s World War II Surrender”

  • See our ASF 2020 discussion on nuclear threats and the legacy of Hiroshima with former Governor Jerry Brown here.

Book of the Week


In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America's "Deep State"

By David Rohde

Three-quarters of Americans believe that a group of unelected government and military officials secretly manipulate or direct national policy in the United States. President Trump blames the "deep state" for his impeachment. But what is the American "deep state" and does it really exist? The feverish debate over the "deep state" raises core questions about the future of American democracy. Is it possible for career government officials to be politically neutral? Was Congress’s impeachment of Donald Trump conducted properly? How vast should the power of a president be? Based on dozens of interviews with career CIA operatives and FBI agents, In Deep answers whether the FBI, CIA, or politicians are protecting or abusing the public’s trust.

See David Rohde’s discussion on the “deep state” with Dina Temple-Raston at the 2020 Aspen Security Forum here.


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