Your Thursday Briefing

Croyez en vos rêves et ils se réaliseront peut-être. Croyez en vous et ils se réaliseront sûrement. Martin Luther King

Azra Isakovic

Thursday, December 31

Good evening

Your Thursday Briefing – What you should know for Thursday December 31


Books – Top 10 Books: the International Affairs Christmas reading list 2020 | InternationalAffairs

Books Engaging China | Columbia University Press

Books – Look to the future — what to read in 2021 | Financial Times

Books – Citizenship between Empire and Nation by Frederick Cooper | Princeton University Press

Books –The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz | Mostafa Minawi | Stanford Press

Books – Outsourcing Empire, J C Sharman and Andrew Phillips | Princeton University Press

Books – Best Books of the Year 2020 | Financial Times


Chin🇨🇳/HongKong🇭🇰 – Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai sent back to jail  | Financial Times

EU/China – 10 Key Details in UK-EU Trade Deal  Anna Isaac, Politico EU

EU/China – What is in the EU-China investment treaty? | Financial Times

Asia/RCEP – “What RCEP can tell us about geopolitics in Asia” Rocky Intan | Lowy Institute

Covid19 – COVID Has No Grand Lesson for the World  Janan Ganesh, Financial Times

Asie/RCEP – What RCEP can tell us about geopolitics in Asia Rocky Intan | Lowy Institute

Foreign PolicyForeign Policy Stories That Packed a Punch in 2020  Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy

UK – Offa’s Dyke: Britain’s Unmarked ‘No-Man’s Land’  Oliver Smith, BBC

Indonesia’s Nonalignment Problem  Nithin Coca, Foreign Affairs

Biden – Biden Must Embrace Liberal Nationalism  John Mearsheimer, National Interest

U.S. Will to Fight Boils Down to Its Interests  Chang Kuo-tsai, Taipei Times

Handling the Growing Risk of Doing Business With China  M. Shoebridge, ASPI

Europe – Europe’s Misconceived Cohesion by Bálint Magyar, et al | Project Syndicate

China🇨🇳/BigTech – The big questions for Big Tech in 2021 | FT China

Research & Analysis

Africa/SahelRethinking Crisis Responses in the Sahel, Judd Devermont & Marielle Harris | CSIS PDF

US/Syria – Reframing US Syria policy: The road to Damascus runs through Moscow | Brookings Institution  PDF

Conférences/ Frederick Cooper : Empire, nation et citoyenneté : la France et l’Afrique

Asia/Trade –  Digital trade in the Asia-Pacific by Deborah Elms | Hinrich Foundation

Thank you and Happy New Year !


Your Wednesday Briefing

America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration. – Warren G. Harding

Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Your Wednesday Briefing – What you should know for Wednesday, December 30


Books – The Best of Books 2020 | Foreign Affairs

Books – How the Specter of Islam Fueled European Colonization in the Americas | Literary Hub

Books – What We Still Get Wrong About Alexander Hamilton, by Christian Parenti et Michael Busch | Boston Review


Arab Monarchies – In Arab Monarchies, Absolute Rule May Be Dwindling by Hilal Khashan | Geopolitical Futures

China/EU – China-E.U. Talks Hit Another Snag as Biden Camp Objects | New York Times

2020 Saw the Return of the State Leviathan  Ferdinando Giugliano, Bloomberg

Turkey Sticks to Its Guns on S-400  Semih Idiz, Al Monitor

Viktor Orbán – The Broad Coalition Trying to Take Down Orban  Dalibor Rohac, The Bulwark

Will Italy-U.S. Relations Become Less Ambiguous?  Dario Cristiani, GMF

Hong Kong Reveals China’s Long-Term Strategy  Guy Sorman, City Journal

Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us  Ed Yong, The Atlantic

Global inequality –  Chateaubriand and inequality: two centuries later | Branko Milanovic

Far-Right – A Far-Right Terrorism Suspect With a Refugee Disguise: The Tale of Franco A. | New York Times

Research & Analysis

#Covid19/#Europe🇪🇺 – Le COVID-19 révèle la solitude stratégique de l’Europe, par Éric-André Martin | Ifri | IAI Papers PDF 📥  

Covid19/Europe🇪🇺/#US🇺🇸/#China🇨🇳 –  L’Europe face à la rivalité sino-américaine : le coronavirus comme catalyseur | IFRI PDF 📥 

Japon/Afrique – La diplomatie économique du Japon en Afrique, par Céline Pajon| Notes de l’Ifri décembre 2020 PDF 📥

Your Tuesday Briefing What you should know for Tuesday, December 29

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Your Tuesday Briefing What you should know for Tuesday, December 29

Covid19 – The Threat of Authoritarianism in the U.S. is Very Real, and Has Nothing To Do With Trump | Glenn Greenwald

Covid19 –  Des reconfinements locaux envisagés après les fêtes |  Les Echos

Trump Weighed Naming Election Conspiracy Theorist as Special Counsel | New York Times

Books – The Habsburgs by Martyn Rady review – negative genetic feedback loop, by John Gallagher | The Guardian

Updating the Strategic Canon for a Sinocentric Era  John Sullivan, War on the Rocks

A Key to Johnson’s Triumph Over Europe  Paul Goodman, Conservative Home

The Vast Gulf Between Scotland and England  Iain Pope, The Scotsman

Old Man Trudeau and a Pack of Newbies  Shannon Proudfoot, Maclean’s

What Canada’s Conservative Leader Must Do  Kelly McParland, National Post

The 7 Secrets of 2020  Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate

Russia🇷🇺/Baltic – Building Trust Between Russia and the Baltic Sea Region by Per Carlsen | Carnegie Russia

China/Diplomacy Year in a Word: Wolf Warrior  Tom Mitchell, Financial Times

Preventing a Crisis With North Korea  Victor Cha, CSIS

The Next Pandemic May Be Closer Than You Think  Jörg Phil Friedrich, Worldcrunch

China Wades Into Nepal’s Political Crisis  Sudha Ramachandran, The Diplomat

Capital markets – Global banks generate record $125bn fee haul in 2020 | Financial Times

US🇺🇸 – Biden Must End the Forever Wars By David Klion | The Nation

Your Monday Briefing : What you should know for Monday, December 28

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. Napoleon Bonaparte

Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Your Monday Briefing: What you should know for Monday, December 28

Vaccinations – E.U.’s Mass Vaccination Campaign Starts, With Nursing Homes as Focus by Melissa Eddy et Marc Santora | New York Times

The World in 2021 – A difficult year looms for the European Union | The Economist

The World in 2021 – The Chinese Communist Party turns 100 | The Economist

EU🇪🇺/#UK🇬🇧/ Brexit trade deal explained: the key parts of the landmark agreement  | Financial Times

EU🇪🇺/#UK🇬🇧/ EU member states begin process to approve Brexit trade deal | Financial Times

EU🇪🇺/#UK🇬🇧/ The draft EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement | European Commission

Ideas: The Triumph of Kleptocracy, by Franklin Foer | The Atlantic

The Good Son, by Franklin Foer | The Atlantic

2020 Is a Hinge of History  Hal Brands, Bloomberg

America’s History of Luck Is Running Out  Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy

The Many Questions That Follow the Brexit Agreement  Economist

Ethiopia’s War Casts a Shadow Over Sudan  Nasr Eddin al-Tayib, Worldcrunch

Foundation of a Russian Protectorate  Vladimir Socor, Jamestown

America Needs a Defense Authorization Act  James Jay Carafano, Heritage

5 Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2021  James Lindsay, Council on Foreign Relations

A Deal to End Brexit Delusions  Martin Wolf, Financial Times

No Telling Whether Brexit Deal Is Good  Stephen Bush, New Statesman

Small Print of Brexit Deal Is Reassuring  Steven Barrett, Spectator

A Win for Boris, for Now  Charlie Cooper, Politico EU

Tory Activists Give Early Thumbs-Up to Brexit Deal  P. Goodman, Cons. Home

The Brexit War Is Over  Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail

Brexit : Londres et Bruxelles sont arrivés à un accord | Une année pas comme les autres: 2020 en images | Votre briefing du jeudi

« Il est difficile d’imaginer offrir des ensembles de livres de sociologie pour les cadeaux de Noël, ce serait tout à fait impensable » – Pierre Bourdieu

Azra Isakovic

Good Evening

Your Thursday Briefing: What you should know for Thursday, December 24

Brexit : Londres et Bruxelles sont arrivés à un accord Les Echos

Covid-19 – Emmanuel Macron, Free of Covid-19 Symptoms, Leaves Isolation, By Constant Méheut | The New York Times

Brexit – Britain and E.U. Scramble to Reach Brexit Deal Before Christmas Mark Landler | The New York Times

Book Review – The Sociologist and the Historian by Pierre Bourdieu and Roger Chartier by Canan Bolel | LSE Review of Books

Sociologie – Jaurès, Durkheim, Lévi-Strauss : il y a un siècle, quand les sciences sociales étaient socialistes Par Chloé Leprince |  France Culture

EU/China – Paris will block EU-China deal, says trade minister |  POLITICO Europe

China – How to Deter China: Enter the Democratic Armada  James Holmes, 1945

China/Asia – Will China Turn Off Asia’s Tap?  Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

US/Russia With Biden’s New Threats, the Russia Discourse is More Reckless and Dangerous Than Ever | Glenn Greenwald

Covid19 – Maybe Freedom is Having No Followers to Lose by Zeynep Tufekci

Russia – Has Navalny’s Prank Finally Shattered the FSB Myth?  Sergey Radchenko, M. Times

China/India – The SCO’s Limited Role in Easing India-China Tensions    James MacHaffie, Jamestown

Azerbaijan – A Pyrrhic Victory for Azerbaijan?  Ido Vock, New Statesman

Turkey/Erdogan Erdogan’s Political Challengers Are Getting Tougher  Bobby Ghosh, Japan Times

2020 – A Year Like No Other: 2020 in Pictures | The New York Times

Pierre Bourdieu & Robert Chartier – Série de 5 entretiens

We hope you have a Merry festive period and we’ll see you in 2021.

Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël!

#Brexit/#Covid19/ Boris Johnson et l’effondrement du #Leadership_Chaos | The Intelligence Dilemma – Les Américains se bousculent donc pour savoir ce que les Russes ont vu… | Biden veut convoquer un «sommet international pour la démocratie». Il ne devrait pas | Votre briefing du mercredi 23 décembre 2020

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
Ralph Nader

Azra Isakovic


Votre briefing du matin : ce que vous devez savoir pour le mercredi 23 décembre

US/Russia – The Intelligence Dilemma, by George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures

Asia Pacific – Japan and South Korea scramble jets to track Russian and Chinese bomber patrol | Justin Mccurry | The Guardian

Biden Transition – Biden wants to convene an international ‘Summit for Democracy’. He shouldn’t | David Adler and Stephen Wertheim | The Guardian

US – Can Democracy Hold Us Together? | Patrick J. Buchanan

Boris Johnson and the Collapse of Chaos as Leadership  Daniel Fortin, Les Echos

Why America Needs a Foreign Policy Reset  Dimitri Simes, National Interest

How We Can Help the Chinese People  Joseph Bosco, The Hill

Will Pakistan’s Military Lose Its Grip on Power?  Aqil Shah, Foreign Affairs

Joe Biden Discovers Russia  Leon Aron, The Dispatch

Russia, U.S. Interests, and Global Economic Stability  J. Haberman, Russia Matters

No End in Sight to Yemen’s Misery  Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy

A Diplomatic Agenda for the Syrian Puzzle  Charles Thépaut, Washington Institut

Merkel pousse l’accord UE🇪🇺/Chine🇨🇳 – mais à quel prix? | Confrontation ÉtatsUnis🇺🇸/Russie🇷🇺 est à un pas de la guerre | Macron a le même problème que le roi Louis XVI | Votre briefing du mardi

Politique: un conflit d’intérêts déguisé en un concours de principes.
La conduite des affaires publiques pour un avantage privé.
Ambrose Bierce

Azra Isakovic

Par Azra Isakovic

Dec. 22, 2020


Books/Review Orthodoxy of the Elites, by Jackson Lears | The New York Review of Books

EU/China Merkel pushes the EU-China deal – but at what price? by Silke Wettach | WirtschaftsWoche

China and Taiwan: What to Expect in 2021  Ying-Yu Lin, The Diplomat

Why India’s Farmers Wont Stop Protesting  S. Gupta & S. Ganguly, Foreign Policy

Enough With Johnson’s Reckless Optimism  Clare Foges, Times of London

Corruption Cuts Both Ways in Russia’s Surveillance State  L. Bershidsky, BB

John Le Carré’s London of Exiles Is Alive and Well  David Patrikarakos, Spectator

Why Putin Feels Vindicated by the Pandemic  Kadri Liik, ECFR

Protection Without Protectionism  Shannon O’Neil, Foreign Affairs

How 2020 Shaped U.S.-China Relations  Elizabeth Economy et al, CFR

Brexit and the Brussels Effect  Paul De Grauwe, Project Syndicate

Has U.S. Found Sweet Spot With S-400 Sanctions?  Daniel Fried, Atlantic Council

Russia/US An ‘Act of War?’ Avoiding a Dangerous Crisis in Cyberspace, by Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Russia

China’s Message Control  Jessica Batke & Mareike Ohlberg, ChinaFile

How China Exposed CIA Operatives in Africa, Europe  Zach Dorfman, Foreign Policy

Either U.S. Leads on Crypto, or China Will  Bill Zeiser, RealClearPolicy

The Subversion of History Education in Scotland  Jill Stephenson, Spectator

Did the Arab Uprisings Really Fail?  Frederick Deknatel, World Politics Review

Macron Has the Same Problem as Louis XVI  Lionel Laurent, Japan Times

After Escape: The New Climate Power Politics, by Adam Tooze | Journal e-flux #114 – December 2020

Le nom de Gaïa. À propos d’un malentendu moderne, par Déborah Bucchi | Revue Germinal

Your Monday Briefing – Votre briefing du lundi

“All men are born free: just not for long.” John le Carré

Azra Isakovic

By Azra Isakovic

Dec. 21, 2020

Good morning

Covid-19 – The Coronavirus Is Mutating. What Does That Mean for Us? | The New York Times

TechnologySocial Networking 2.0 | Stratechery

Books Architectures of Violence – The Command Structures of Modern Mass Atrocities by Kate Ferguson | Hurst Publishers

Books – “Mission Economy – a moonshot guide to changing capitalism” by Mariana Mazzucato | Harper Business

EXCLUSIVE: Jared Kushner helped create a Trump campaign shell company that secretly paid the president’s family members and spent $617 million in reelection cash, by Tom LoBianco, Dave Levinthal | Business Insider

Covid-19 – Effective leadership is the ultimate vaccine against coronavirus, by Peter Singer | The Independent

Covid-19 – How Science Beat the Virus, by Ed Yong | The Atlantic

Technology/China – No ‘Negative’ News: How China Censored the Coronavirus, by Raymond Zhong, Paul Mozur, Jeff Kao et Aaron Krolik | The New York Times

Energy – Coal 2020 – Analysis – IEA

Joe Biden/Foreign PolicyThe Demise of American Exceptionalism, by David Bromwich | National Interest

China/Taiwan – A Berlin Strategy: How Should America Respond to China’s Taiwan Threats, by by James Holmes | National Interest

NATO-Russia Crisis, Baltic states and Russia, What the New Geopolitics Means for Europe – Your Friday Briefing

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” ― John le Carré

Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know

FT/Books/EssayWhat makes John le Carré a writer of substance, by Simon Schama | Financial Times
Liberal InternationalismThe End of the Wilsonian Era  By Walter Russell Mead | Foreign Affairs

US/Cyber warfareUS cyber hack poses ‘grave risk’ to critical infrastructure by Hannah Murphy | Financial Times
Biden TransitionInstagram is Using False “Fact-Checking” to Protect Joe Biden’s Crime Record From Criticisms | Glenn Greenwald

NATO/Russia –  NATO-Russia Crisis Brief PDF 📥 | December 2020 | Global Zero

Russia/BalticsManaging Adversity: Russia and the Baltics | Carnegie Russia

Technology/Digital – Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity Challenges, EU Agency for Cybersecurity 
Technology/Democracy – Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values, Center for AI and Digital Policy
UK/Indo-Pacific –A Very British Tilt: Towards a new UK strategy in the Indo-Pacific Region, Policy Exchange’s Indo-Pacific Commission 

Europe – What the New Geopolitics Means for Europe  Charles Grant | CER
US/China – Competition With China Could Be Short and Sharp, Michael Beckley and Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs  
EU – Upgrading Europe’s Civilian Crisis Management, Christian Mölling and Fiorence Schimmel, DGAP  
Arab Spring – Ten years after the start of the Arab Spring, it’s time to accept that the revolution may never return, by Steven A. Cook | Foreign Policy

Votre briefing du jeudi

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. Ernest Benn

Azra Isakovic


Votre briefing du jeudi 17 décembre 2020

Europe🇪🇺L’Europe dans le monde : pour une refondation, modeste et efficace, par Thierry de Montbrial | Ifri

US/Defense Battle Force 2045: What It Is, Why It Matters  Brent Sadler, Heritage
Germany/Covid19 – Germany Says Goodbye to Frugality  Andreas Bock, ECFR
Africa/Ethiopia – Ethiopia Sinks Deeper Into Ethnic Conflict  Fritz Schaap, Der Spiegel
The Biden Transition – How Trump Rescued the ‘Blob’  Blaise Malley, The American Conservative
Think TanksThink Tanks as Platforms for Authoritarian Influence  NED

Investment Banking Investment bankers revel in bumper fees from Chinese groups in 2020 | Financial Times

Technology – A.I. and I, Mark C. Taylor, New York Times 
Technology/Human Rights/EU – Getting the Future Right: Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Rights, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights 
Technology/Human Rights/EU – Europe’s Approach to Artificial Intelligence: How AI Strategy is Evolving, Access Now
Nordics/Arctic – Surprise and Stability in the High North, Rachel Ellehuus, Johannes Gullestad Rø,  Robin Allers, Ingeborg Bjur, CSIS  
US/China/JapanJapan’s Potential Contributions in an East China Sea | RAND Corporation

NATO/Black Sea – Strengthening NATO in the Black Sea Region, Ben Hodges, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies  
US/Black Sea – The Black Sea: How America can avoid a great-power conflict, Philip Breedlove and Michael E. O’Hanlon, Brookings 
Arctic – Shifting Ground: Competing Policy Narratives and the Future of the Arctic, Oran R. Youngin Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason