Your Wednesday Briefing / 16 December 2020

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. – Plato

Azra Isakovic

16 December 2020

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know

ArcticThe Arctic and World Order, | Johns Hopkins SAIS/Brookings Institution Press 

Digital/Russia/US – Hackers have vaulted into the heart of America’s government, The Economist 
Digital/EU – The Digital Services Act: ensuring a safe and accountable online environment, European Commission
Digital/EU ­– The Digital Markets Act: ensuring fair and open digital markets, European Commission 
Digital/EU – Putting digital services at the service of Europeans, Margrethe Vestager and Thierry Breton, Irish Times
US/Germany – Preserving America’s Military Posture in Germany, Bradley Bowman and Ben Hodges, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
US/UK – The US-UK trade talks that Joe Biden inherits, Anna Isaac, Politico 
US/Eastern Mediterranean– American Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean, Eric Edelman and Aykan Erdemir, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies 
EU/US/Turkey/Russia – Peeling Turkey Away from Russia’s Embrace: A Transatlantic Interest, Nathalie Tocci, Istituto Affari Internazionali 
NATO/Russia – NATO-Russia Crisis Brief, Nuclear Crisis Group
US/Democracy – A Democracy Summit Is Not What the Doctor Ordered, James Goldgeier and Bruce W. Jentleson, Foreign Affairs 
EU/Democracy – EU still lacks a ‘silver bullet’ for bringing autocrats to heel, Ben Hall, Financial Times 
Bosnia and Herzegovina –Dayton at 25: Time for Effective and Functional Government in Bosnia, R. Bruce Hitchner, Balkan Insight 

Germany Fares Poorly in Second Wave of Coronavirus  Lukas Eberle et al, Spiegel
China Seems Ready for a Fight Over Taiwan  James Holmes, 1945
China’s Nationalists See a World Turning Their Way  Chris Buckley, New York Times
Maybe Brexit Isn’t So Bad After All  Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg
How the Brexit Fairy Tale Ends  Gavin Esler, The National
Measuring Soft Power  Margaret Seymour, FPRI

The Hidden Cost of Digital Consumption, by Halden Lin, Aishwarya Nirmal, Shobhit Hathi & Lilian Liang (Parametric Press 19/10)
US Indicts Sandworm, Russia’s Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit, by Andy Greenberg (Wired 19/10

Welcome to Our Tuesday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. – Emma Goldman

Azra Isakovic

Good morning and Welcome to Our Tuesday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

US presidential election 2020 –  Republicans accept Joe Biden’s victory after Electoral College vote | Financial Times  

US🇺🇸Barr to step down as US attorney-general after Trump attacks | Financial Times  
Cyber warfare US orders emergency action after huge cyber security breach | Financial Times

EU/UK – Why the World Should Root for the EU in Brexit Talks, Edward Alden, Foreign Policy 
Germany – Who Will Succeed Merkel? Josef Joffe, Project Syndicate 
US – Al Gore: Where I Find Hope, Al Gore, New York Times  
US/Intelligence – Crisis of Confidence: How Biden Can Restore Faith in U.S. Spy Agencies, Foreign Affairs 
US/Russia – Managing US sanctions toward Russia, Steven Pifer, Brookings  
US/Russia – How to Safely Manage U.S.-Russian Great-Power Competition, Dmitri Trenin and Thomas Graham, Carnegie Moscow 

China – China pulls back from the world: rethinking Xi’s ‘project of the century’, James Kynge and Jonathan Wheatley, Financial Times 
China/NATO – China’s Rise Can Unite NATO, Henrik Larsen, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
US🇺🇸/China🇨🇳/Tech/Techno-nationalism and corporate governance, by Alex Capri | Hinrich Foundation
China claims quantum supremacy with new supercomputer

China🇨🇳/Nuclear notebookChinese nuclear forces, 2020 | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
OSCE – Strengthening the OSCE’s Role in Election System Monitoring, Tyson Barker, DGAP 
BiographyOn a New Biography of Karl Marx by Branco Milanovic | Brave New Europe
EconomyThe Friedman doctrine in the 21st century by Michael Roberts | Brave New Europe

Our Monday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

    The truth is lived, not taught. Hermann Hesse

Azra Isakovic

Good morning and welcome!

Here’s what you need to know

Biden Transition Five things to watch when the Electoral College votes | The Hill

Biden TransitionGerman-American Relations After Trump  Christiane Hoffmann & René Pfister, Spiegel

Biden TransitionRussia, Biden and Cyber Regulation  Pavel Sharikov, Riddle

Biden Transition‘This Must Be Your First’ – Acting as if Trump is trying to stage a coup is the best way to ensure he won’t, by Zeynep Tufekci | The Atlantic

Biden Transition –  President Joe Biden and the restoration of US global leadership: Turning the tide? – | FIIA

China/BRIChina’s Policy Banks Are Lending Differently, Not Less | The Diplomat

China/Energy China’s Footprints in Kazakh Oil and Gas Industry  | The Diplomat

Books/ReviewThe Audacity of Disappointment: Barack Obama’s A Promised Land by Frankie Bond | The Social Review

Brexit – EU and UK agree to continue Brexit trade deal talks  | Financial Times

Brexit/EU🇪🇺/UK🇬🇧 – UK puts Royal Navy on standby to deter European fishing boats, by  Jim Pickard via Financial Times

Brexit/EU🇪🇺/UK🇬🇧/ Brexit negotiators make progress on key issue in trade talks, by George Parker, Jim Brunsden and Sam Fleming | Financial Times

Brexit More Brexit Talks Are Worst Possible Outcome  Matthew Lynn, Spectator

Brexit The Shape of Our Bad Deal Is Clear  Tom Kibasi, Guardian

Brexit/EU🇪🇺/UK🇬🇧 – EU and UK still ‘far apart’ but Brexit deal hopes rise | Financial Times

Weekly Roundup / Bilan hebdomadaire

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. Thomas Jefferson

Azra Isakovic

Good morning and welcome to our Weekly Roundup – Here’s what you need to know

Management Isabelle Ferreras et Johann Chapoutot, penseurs du management, | France Culture 🎧 Podcast🎙

Livres 📚 – Libres d’obéir ; le management, du nazisme à aujourd’hui, par Johann Chapoutot | Gallimard

Livres📚« Le Manifeste Travail. Démocratiser. Démarchandiser. Dépolluer » Sous la direction d’Isabelle Ferreras, Julie Battilana et Dominique Méda #ManifesteTravail | Editions du Seuil

Books 📚- Dreamworlds of Race: Empire and the Utopian Destiny of Anglo-America, by Duncan Bell Unis | Princeton University Press

Books/Review The old consensus antitrust is dead. Long live the new non-consensus by Niamh Dunne | Project Syndicate

Nato/ Energy – NATO’s Energy Security Rests on a Fragile Cease-Fire  Alex Vatanka, RCWorld

China/BRIChina Pulls Back From the World  James Kynge & Jonathan Wheatley, Financial Times

China – How China’s Communist Party Trains Foreign Politicians  Economist

US/Israel/MoroccoIsrael-Morocco Deal: Another Mess for U.S.  Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg

#Covid19Pandemiebekämpfung: Der Impfstoff hätte früher nach Deutschland kommen müssen Thomas Schulz | Der SPIEGEL

China/France – France follows own road in cooperating with China By Dong Yifan |  Global Times

Votre briefing du vendredi, par Azra Isakovic

In the post-Snowden world, you need to enable others to build their own cloud and have mobility of applications. That’s both because of the physicality of computing–where the speed of light still matters–and because of geopolitics.   Satya Nadella

Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know – Voici ce que vous devez savoir

Livres – Guerres Invisibles ; Nos prochains défis géopolitiques de Thomas Gomart – À paraître 21 Janvier 2021 chez Tallandier | HallDuLivre

Europe The European Coup by Perry Anderson | London Review of Books

Nuclear risksNuclear risks are growing, and there’s only one real solution By Victor Gilinsky | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Nuclear risks Revenge is a dish best served nuclear. US deterrence depends on it. |  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

EuropeEurope’s 2020 Pileup  David Herszenhorn & Hans Von Der Burchard & Jacopo Barigazzi, Pol. EU

La Transition BidenL’Amérique de Joe Biden : le calme après la tempête ? | IFRI

UK –What world is Brexit being launched into? Simon Kuper, Financial Times 

Romania/Hungary – Cooperation despite mistrust. The shadow of Trianon in Romanian-Hungarian relations, Kamil Calus, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)  

Eastern Mediterranean – Is there a new window of opportunity in the Eastern Mediterranean crisis? Galip Dalay, Brookings  

Europe/Gulf states/Iran – Gulf of difference: How Europe can get the Gulf monarchies to pursue peace with Iran, Cinzia Bianco, European Council on Foreign Relations 

Sweden/NATO – ‘NATO-option’ gets majority in Swedish parliament, Pekka Vanttinen, Euractiv   

US – President Joe Biden and the restoration of US global leadership: Turning the tide? Ville Sinkkonen, Charly Salonius-Palsternak, Bart Gaens, and Niklas Helwig, Finnish institute of International Affairs  

Saudi AramcoMissiles, bullying claims, a tragic death: what’s going on at Saudi Aramco? | Financial Times

Germany/ RussiaRüdiger von Fritsch became the German ambassador to Russia in 2014. A conversation about the art of diplomacy and drawings in Putin’s notepad by Jan Pfaff | taz

China/Europe – European organizers rejected China’s demands to exclude certain participants from an annual dialogue between CEOs, officials and academics | The Wall Street Journal

China/AustraliaThe Great China-Australia Divorce Has Arrived  Salvatore Babones, 1945

U.S./China – The U.S. Can’t Check China Alone  Odd Arne Westad, Foreign Affairs

The Biden TransitionBiden’s Curious Defense of Austin  Thomas Joscelyn, The Dispatch

China/TerrorismEvolution of China’s ‘Preventive Counterterrorism’  M. Clarke & S. Kam Li Yee, CGP

Arab SpringWhat’s the Legacy of the Arab Spring?  Kali Robinson, Council on Foreign Relations

US/AfghanistanHow We Could End This ‘Forever War’  James Stavridis, Time

Biden TransitionWhy the Premature Verdict on Lloyd Austin?  Bilal Saab, Middle East Institute

European Union/ The BalkansNorth Macedonia on the Threshold of Europe  Dimitar Bechev & Damir Marusic, AC

European Union/ Human Rights EU Has New Muscle to Flex on Human Rights  Jen Kirby, Vox

Biden TransitionWhy the Premature Verdict on Lloyd Austin?  Bilal Saab, Middle East Institute

Biden TransitionOn to the Next Presidency  George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

C’est tout pour ce briefing. À la prochaine.

Your Thursday Briefing – Votre briefing du jeudi, par Azra Isakovic

Le secret d’une autorité, quelle qu’elle soit, tient à la rigueur inflexible avec laquelle elle persuade les gens qu’ils sont coupables ~ Raoul Vaneigem

Azra Isakovic

Dec. 10, 2020

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know – Voici ce que vous devez savoir

US/China – About Beijing’s Influence With the Biden Administration – Professor Di Dongsheng says China’s close ties to Wall Street and its dealings with Hunter both enable it to exert more power now than it could under Trump. | Glenn Greenwald


China/Vaccine – U.A.E. is first to approve Chinese vaccine . By Sui-Lee Wee | The New York Times

US – Why I Chose Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense, Joe Biden, The Atlantic

UK/Finance – Future of the City: how London’s reach will shrink after Brexit, Jonathan Ford, Financial Times 

US/EU – What is Europe’s ‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Offer to America? Bart M.J. Szewczyk, Foreign Policy

EU/France – The Risks Behind Macron’s Paris Consensus, Shahin Vallée, DGAP

EU/Turkey – Turkey, the EU and the Eastern Mediterranean Crisis, Sinem Adar, Ilke Toygür, SWP 

Energy – Energy Transitions in Emerging Economies, Nikos Tsafos and Lachlan Carey, CSIS   

Digital/EU/US – Why Schrems II requires US-EU agreement on surveillance and privacy, Joshua P. Meltzer, Brookings

EU/US –What Is Europe’s ‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Offer to America? Bart M.J. Szewczyk, Foreign Policy 

Germany Merkel’s Last Chance  Jan-Werner Mueller, Project Syndicate

China/IndiaA Fresh Look at China-India Standoff  Daniel Balazs, The Diplomat

France/Turkey – ‘Islamism’ at the heart of France’s hostility towards Turkey, by Jean-Do Merchet | l’Opinion

TechPolicy/AI_EthicsThe coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty, by Karen Hao  | MIT Technology Review

#Technology/ The promise of the fourth industrial revolution | MIT Technology Review PDF 📥

Votre briefing du mercredi – Your Wednesday briefing

A daily newspaper should report the news, not play at geopolitics. Rafael Correa

Azra Isakovic

Wed 9 Dec 2020

Good Morning

Voici ce que vous devez savoir – Here’s what you need to know.

Coronavirus/VaccineBlunders Eroded U.S. Confidence in Early Vaccine Front-Runner | The New York Time

The Biden TransitionBiden’s Choice For Pentagon Chief Further Erodes a Key U.S. Norm: Civilian Control | Glenn Greenwald

Covid19The Institutional Crisis and COVID-19, by George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures

Coronavirus/Vaccine  – Who gets it first? | International Politics and Society

EU/US/Digital – ‘Schrems II’: What Invalidating the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Means for Transatlantic Trade and Innovation, Nigel Cory, Daniel Castro, Ellysse Dick, ITIF

EU – Europe is right to risk a double ‘no deal’, Gideon Rachman, Financial Times 

US/Nuclear – Starting off on the right foot: Biden’s near-term arms control and strategic policy challenge, Frank A. Rose, Brookings 
US/Nuclear – Reviving Nuclear Arms Control Under Biden, Steven Pifer, American Ambassadors Review 

EU/UK – Britain is heading for a hard Brexit. Voters now prefer none at all, The Economist 

EU/Technology –EU vs Big Tech: Brussels’ bid to weaken the digital gatekeepers, Javier Espinoza, Financial Times 

US/Europe – A New Beginning with President Biden: Five German and European Priorities for the Transatlantic Agenda | SWP

Turkey/LibyaWhy Turkey Intervened in Libya by Jalel Harchaoui | Foreign Policy Research Institute 📥 PDF

Baltic Security: Managing Adversity Between Russia and Its Northern Neighbors YouTube

China Les nouveaux dazibao | Revue Esprit

US/China –The Trump State Department’s swan song? A strange, flawed China paper, Daniel Baer, Foreign Policy  

Europe/Defense –Europe Can Defend Itself, Barry R. Posen, Survival

US – The Reconstruction of America: Justice, Power, and the Civil War’s Unfinished Business, David W. Blight, Foreign Affairs

La laïcité – La laïcité, c’est quoi ? Retour au texte de 1905 avec Patrick Weil | France Culture

La laïcité, c’est quoi ? Retour au texte de 1905 avec Patrick Weil


Votre briefing du mardi

Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens and real diseases are useful material. Susan Sontag

Azra Isakovic

Voici ce que vous devez savoir aujourd’hui:

#Europe🇪🇺/#Covid19 – COVID-19 Reveals Europe’s Strategic Loneliness by Éric André Martin | IAI PDF 📥

The Biden Transition – Biden Thinks He’s Tough on China. He’s Just Complacent By Bruno Maçães | Foreign Policy
China/Vaccine –  Scandal Dogs AstraZeneca’s Vaccine Partner in China | New York Times
The Biden Transition – Will Biden be the first sustainable trade president? | Hinrich Foundation
EU/Hungary/Poland – EU gives Hungary and Poland 24 hours to lift veto | EURACTIV

China/Central and Eastern Europe –  Central and Eastern Europe is no Chinese Trojan horse, Alicja Bachulska, East Asia Forum
US/Turkey – Problematic prospects for US-Turkish ties in the Biden era, Alan Makovsky, SWP
Arctic A New Strategic Gateway to the Arctic  Regin Winther Poulsen, Foreign Policy
Russia/China/Space – Sino-Russian cooperation in outer space: Taking off? Richard Weitz, The Jamestown Foundation  
France/EgyptMacron vows to keep defence ties to Egyptian regime | Financial Times
Digital/US – How Joe Biden Could Help Internet Companies Moderate Harmful Content, Sue Halpern, New Yorker 
Digital/EU – EU Hypocrisy on Digital Trade, Robert D. Atkinson, ITIF 
Digital/EU/US – Breaking the Transatlantic Data Trilemma, Tyson Barker, DGAP 
Digital/EU/US –  A transatlantic effort to take on Big Tech, Rana Foroohar, Financial Times 
China/Nuclear Will China Win the Nuclear Fusion Race?  Haley Zaremba, Oil Price
North KoreaA Bold Peace Offensive to Engage North Korea  Frank Aum & George Lopez, WOTR
OSCEIs the OSCE Still Relevant in Nagorno-Karabakh?  Bradley Reynolds, Riddle
EthiopiaThe Battle of Mekelle and Its Implications for Ethiopia  Judd Devermont, CSIS
Books“Jews, Liberalism, Antisemitism – A Global History” – Editors: Green, Abigail, Levis Sullam, Simon (Eds.) | Palgrave

Your Monday Briefing

Globalization is incredibly efficient but also so far incredibly unjust.

Pascal Lamy

Azra Isakovic
Dec. 7, 2020

Good morning

Paris eyes Recovery Fund for 25 member states  | EURACTIV

EU countries feel ‘numb’ about Turkey ahead of critical EU summit | EURACTIV

Europe’s Most Terrible Years  Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New York Review of Books

China tries to rewrite the narrative of the pandemic, By Javier C. Hernández  | New York Times

1918 Germany Has a Warning for America, by Jochen Bittner | New York Times

The Case for a Quadripolar World  Daron Acemoglu, Project Syndicate

China’s Bullying Hasn’t Silenced Australia  Elaine Pearson, National Post

The Borshch Battles  Michele Berdy, Moscow Times

The U.S. Companies Enabling Uyghur Genocide  Paul Brian, American Conservative

Dealing With Russia’s Mercenary Armies  Candace Rondeaux, World Politics Review

López Obrador Is Militarizing Mexico  Milena Ang, Financial Times

Why Iran Is Getting the Bomb  Lee Smith, Tablet

Italy’s North-South Divide, Maradona Edition  Hannah Roberts, Politico EU

Culture Vital to Easing Path to Arab-Israeli Peace  Ahmed al Mansoori, Jer. Post

Liberal Internationalism Is Still Indispensable  Michael Hirsh, Foreign Policy

Biden’s Chance for a Legacy Runs Through Europe, China  Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council

Japan, France, US planning first joint military drills in May Report | The Straits Times

Your Saturday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

    In our changing world nothing changes more than geography. Pearl S. Buck

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know

China/ Chinese Communist Party – The Party That Failed China  Cai Xia, Foreign Affairs

China/ Supply Chains  – Does China Pose a Threat to Global Rare Earth Supply Chains? | CSIS

China/Technology –How China is buying up the West’s high-tech sector, Elisabeth Braw, Foreign Policy

US/Defense – Conference Report Summary for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, U.S. House Armed Services Committee 

US/Foreign Policy – A New Direction: A foreign policy playbook on military restraint for the Biden team, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft 

China/Biden  Biden’s Chance to Challenge China  Dan Blumenthal, Newsweek

Vaccines Vaccines Prompt a Wave of Economic Exuberance Robin Wigglesworth, FT

Turkey/EU Turkey Does Its Own Thing  Nigar Goksel & Hugh Pope, Chatham House

RCEPThe Limits of the RCEP  Lee Jong-Wha, Project Syndicate

North KoreaResetting With North Korea  Bonnie Kristian, RealClearWorld

JapanJapan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force Revitalization  Felix Chang, FPRI