Your Thursday Briefing

“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 18

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Recension – « L’héritage des Lumières » par Blaise Bachofen | La Vie des idées
EssaysPaul Valéry and the Mechanisms of Modern Tyranny, Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody | The Hedgehog Review
Review –‘Talking to Strangers’ of Paul Auster’s by Zachary Houle

Must-Reads

Health/Security – Pathogens Have the World’s Attention: The United States Should Lead a New Push Against Bioweapons, Nathan Levine and Chris Li | Foreign Affairs
Post-pandemic recovery – Sequencing the Post-COVID Recovery | Robert Skidelsky
China/Taiwan – Will Taiwan’s Dongsha Islands Be the Next Crimea? by Shahn Savino | World Politics Review
ChinaChina’s Strategic Standpoint, by George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
US/Russia – Another Reason for Biden to Rethink Putin Strategy  F. Kempe, Atlantic Council
EU/Digital/Finance – The European Union, Cybersecurity, and the Financial Sector, Philipp S. Krüger and Jan-Philipp Brauchle | Carnegie
Ukraine/Russia – Merge and Rule: What’s In Store for the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics, Konstantin Skorkin | Carnegie Moscow Center
Deterrence – A Mom’s Guide to Coercion and Deterrence  Emma Ashford & Erica Borghard, AC
Hong Kong – Hong Kong’s Economic Future  Ho-fung Hung et al, ChinaFile
Germany – Merkel Destroyed Her Own Party  Jacob Heilbrunn, National Interest
UK – UK’s Vision Is Confident, Success Is Distant  Richard Whitman, Chatham House
UK – Strong Navy Is Critical to Global Britain  Jeremy Hutton & James Rogers, CapX

Research & Analysis

Digital/Democracy – Democracies Under Threat, Heidi Beirich and Wendy Via | GPAHE [PDF]
Energy – Oil 2021 Analysis and forecast to 2026 | IEA International Energy Agency
US – Foreign Threats to the 2020 US National Elections, | National Intelligence Council

Podcasts

Enjeux internationaux – Que cherchent les Etats-Unis dans « l’Indo-Pacifique » ? par Julie Gacon et Pierre Grosser | France Culture

Why The UK’s Post-Coronavirus Economic Recovery Will Not Be As Quick As Expected | Lord Skidelsky

Your Wednesday Briefing

“Political economy cannot be supreme arbiter in politics. Else you might defend slavery where it is economically sound and reject it where the economic argument applies against it.”
Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, March 17

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Rights in America – How Rights Went Wrong by Jamal Greene | HMH Books & Media
About: Pour Bourdieu – Is Bourdieu’s Theory Too Deterministic? by Bridget Fowler | Books & Ideas
Essay – The Rising Invisible Majority – When Fiction Meets Social Science, by Alessandro Arrigoni & Emanuele Ferragina | Books & Ideas
Diplomacy – The Back Channel, William J. Burns | Hurst Publishers
Essays – Fascism and Analogies — British and American, Past and Present Priya Satia | LA Review of Books

Must-Reads

US/China – U.S.-China Rivalry: A Matter of Principles  Hal Brands & Zack Cooper | Foreign Affairs
US/China – U.S. Views of China as Enemy Soar Mohamed Younis  Gallup
US/Europe/EconomicGapEurope and the US are drifting further apart | Financial Times
NATO – How to Revitalize NATO’s Political Cohesion, Rachel Ellehuus and Pierre Morcos | CSIS US/China – US and China seek a reset in Anchorage, Stephen Olson | Hinrich Foundation
Australia/China – Can Australia Fix Supply Chain Dependence on China?  David Uren, ASPI
US/China – Era of U.S.-China Competition Can Be a Global Boon  Aravinda Korala, SCMP
North Korea – North Korea’s Hackers Run Wild  Morten Soendergaard Larsen, Foreign Policy
Ouad – A Story for the Quad  Indian Express
China/Nukes – On China’s Nukes, Numbers Aren’t Everything  P. Vaddi & A. Panda, Defense One
Turkey/UAE – Useful Enemies: Turkey and the UAE , Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Cinzia Bianco | ECFR

Research & Analysis

Energy – Energy Transitions Outlook 2021 | IRENA
Europe/Health/Economy – Rethinking Policy Priorities in the light of Pandemics | Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development
US/Defense – Statement of General Glen VanHerck | Senate Armed Services Committee
Europe/Defense –  Western Military Capability in Northern Europe 2020: Part I Collective Defence, Eva Hagström Frisell, et al., Swedish Defence Research Agency
Northern Europe/Defense – Western Military Capability in Northern Europe 2020: Part II National Capabilities, Eva Hagström Frisell, et al., Swedish Defence Research Agency
Arms – Trends in International Arms Transfers, Pieter D. Wezeman, Alexandra Kuimova and Siemon T. Wezeman | SIPRI
UK – Global Britain in a competitive age: The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy | HM Government

Podcasts

Pierre Bourdieu (1/2) – « Egalité ou inégalité des chances en matière d’éducation ? » | France Culture

Your Tuesday Briefing

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime. Jack Kerouac


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 16

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Seshat Histories – History of the Axial Age by Daniel Hoyer, Jenny Reddish | Seshat
John le Carré My father was famous as John le Carré, Nick Cornwell  | The Guardian
Reading – Reading in a complex media-driven world | Tressie McMillan Cottom

Must-Reads

History Databank – Cleaning History Data: The Conflict Catalogue, by Jill Levine | Seshat
US/Digital – Why America Needs a Tech New Deal, by Nicol Turner Lee | Democracy Journal
Covid-19 – Capitalising on a crisis? by Brett Meyer | LSE EUROPP blog
NATO/China🇨🇳 – China’s rise is exactly the kind of threat NATO exists to stop, by Sara Bjerg Moller | Washington Post Opinions
US – How the 2020 census may help Republicans regain power in Washington | The Economist
Privacy – The UK is secretly testing a controversial web snooping tool, by Matt Burgess | WIRED UK
Brief – Russia’s Foreign Minister Visits Gulf States | Geopolitical Futures
Vaccination – I’ll take the « hippie dippy wishful thinking » case for vaccinating the worl | Zeynep Tufekci

Research & Analysis

US/Health/Economy/Defense – COVID-19 Impacts on Defense Supply Chains and the Defense Industrial Base, Bill Edgar | National Institute for Public Policy
Australia/Tech/Quad – Networked: Techno-Democratic Statecraft for Australia and the Quad, by Martijn Rasser | CNAS
US – The Department of Homeland Security: Priorities for Reform | CNAS
Defence – Sweden’s security -The long way towards total defence, by Justyna Gotkowska | OSW [PDF]

Podcasts

Au Quad! – Les origines de «l’Indo-Pacifique» | ChinaTalk

Your Monday Briefing

Ils pensaient que j’étais surréaliste, mais je ne l’ai jamais été. Je n’ai jamais peint de rêves, je n’ai peint que ma propre réalité. Frida Kahlo


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, March 15

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

UK/Danubian Europe – Britain and Danubian Europe in the Era of World War II, 1933-1941, by Andras Becker | Palgrave Macmillan
Populism – Populism Michael Burleigh | Hurst Publishers
Diplomacy –Selling Weimar German Public Diplomacy and the United States, 1918–1933, Elisabeth Piller | GHI Washington

Must-Reads

Economy – Joe Biden’s stimulus is a high-stakes gamble for America and the world  | The Economist
Diplomatie – La diplomatie culturelle et la crise des 20 ans de l’Europe, par Benjamin G. Martin et Elisabeth Marie Piller | Contemporary European History
Philanthropie  – Dans la nébuleuse de la fondation Bill & Melinda Gates, Agnès Stienne | Visions carto
Russia/Libya – Russia on the Eve of a Collapse in Libya  Anton Mardasov & Kirill Semyonov | Riddle
Indo-Pacific – America’s Indo-Pacific Folly  Van Jackson | Foreign Affairs
Africa – What’s Going On in Senegal?  Christina Lu | Foreign Policy
Covid19 –How Many COVID Deaths Have Been Unnecessary?  Graham Allison | National Interest
Finance & Economics –Chartbook Newsletter #16 | Adam Tooze

Research & Analysis

US/Russia – The Future of U.S.-Russian Arms Control | CSIS  [PDF]
Macroeconomics –  Low interest rates in Europe and the US: one trend,  two stories, by Maria Demertzis and Nicola Viegi | Bruegel  [PDF]
US/China – Securing the Subsea Network, by Jonathan E. Hillman  | CSIS  [PDF]
Neoliberalism – Perfect Capitalism, Imperfect Humans: Race, Migration and the Limits of Ludwig von Mises’s Globalism, Quinn Slobodian | Contemporary European History | Cambridge Core [PDF]

Podcasts

Diplomacy – Selling Weimar German Public Diplomacy and the United States, 1918–1933, Dr. Elisabeth Piller | German Society of PA

Economy – Joe Biden’s stimulus is a high-stakes gamble for America and the world  | The Economist

Your Friday Briefing

History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonaparte


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 12

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Review Essay –  A Tyranny Without Tyrants  Patrick J. Deneen, American Affairs
After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed by Andrew Bacevich | Metropolitan Books
Nonfiction – How Sir Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth I Made England a Global Power, by Nigel Cliff | The New York Times
Nonfiction – In Search of a Kingdom – Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire By Laurence Bergreen | HarperCollins

Must-Reads


UK –The Green New Deal’s time has come – but where has Labour’s radicalism gone? Adam Tooze | The Guardian
Carbon dioxide –The Negative Part of Net Zero, Noah J. Gordon | Internationale Politik Quarterly
Quad/Indo-Pacific – How Biden Can Make the Quad Endure, Evan Feigenbaum, James Schwemlein | Carnegie Endowment
India/China – China’s Himalayan Salami Tactics Are Working  Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate
India/China – India and China Need More Than a Border Pullback  Anubhav Gupta, WP Review
Quad/Indo-Pacific – Is the Quad for Real? We’ll Know More on Friday  Salvatore Babones, Foreign Policy
Biden/Blob – On Shedding an Obsolete Past, Andrew Bacevich | TomDispatch

Quad/Indo-Pacific – The Future of the Quad Is Bright  Jeff M. Smith, RealClearWorld
Balkans – Ethnic Engineering in the Balkans  Aleksandar Brezar, Al Jazeera
Space – Avoiding the Folly of a U.S.-China Space Race  Zhou Bo, SCMP
Taiwan – Supply Chains Critical to Taiwan’s Security  James Lee, East Asia Forum
Data Protection – How Europe’s Intelligence Services Aim to Avoid the EU’s Highest Court | Lawfare
EU/Digital – Why Europe’s Digital Decade Matters by Margrethe Vestager, and Josep Borrell | Project Syndicate

Research & Analysis

AI/Data – Auditing employment algorithms for discrimination, Alex Engler | Brookings Institution
EU/Russia/Counterterrorism – Blurry Counterterrorism: A Chance for Russia, A Risk for Europe, Miriam Heiß | DGAP
EU-China –Towards a Fair and Reciprocal Partnership |  EPP Group

Podcasts

Le Cours de l’histoire – Que nous réserve l’avenir ? Xavier Mauduit | France Culture


Your Thursday Briefing

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. – Winston Churchill


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 11 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Truth Will Prevail –  Why I Have Been Condemned by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva | LeftWord Books
Refugees – My Heart by Semezdin Mehmedinović | Catapult
Refugees – Forgetting Doesn’t Kill You, but It Sure Feels Like It, by Francine Prose | New York Times Books

Must-Reads

Democracy – Saving Democracy Is Not America’s Responsibility  Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
Democracy – How to Put Out Democracy’s Dumpster Fire  A. Applebaum & P. Pomerantsev, Atlantic
Biden/Xi – High Stakes in the Biden-Xi Contest  Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council
EU-China –EU-China investment accord fails to resolve subsidy disputes | Peterson Institute
Nord Stream 2 – How to Solve the Nord Stream 2 Dilemma  Steven Pifer, Brookings
Cancel Culture – I Want the Freedom to Offend by Emina Melonic | Splice Today
Armenia – Will Armenia’s Political Turmoil Undo Its Democracy?  Ido Vock, New Statesman
EU – The EU’s Risk-Averse Nature  David Hutt, Internationale Politik Quarterly
China – The Threat of China’s Confucius Institutes  R. Norman & J. Wilson, National Review
China/India – South Asia Deftly Navigates India-China Tensions  Rohan Mukherjee, EA Forum
China/Diplomacy – The Rise of Made-in-China Diplomacy  Peter Hessler, New Yorker
Economy – Supply chains and trade flows volatility in the face of global shocks | VoxEU/CEPR

Research & Analysis

EU – The European Union and the multilateral system | EP Research Service
EU/US/Trade – Beyond trade war in Washington: The United States and our less global future, Lauri Tähtinen | FIIA
Belarus/Baltic/Nordics – Baltic and Nordic Responses to the 2020 Post-Election Crisis in Belarus | LIIA EU – The Time for EU’s Common Foreign Policy is Now | GLOBSEC [PDF]

Podcasts

La Commune, 150 ans (3/4) :Clichés de la Commune par Xavier Mauduit | France Culture

Your Wednesday Briefing

The EU’s Strategic Autonomy Trap | How ‘Maximum Pressure’ Failed Against Iran | The Uyghur Genocide: An Examination of China’s Breaches of the 1948 Genocide Convention | B-52s in the Middle East | Never Speak to Strangers and Other Writing from Russia and the Soviet Union


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, March 10 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Philosophy – The Crisis of German Philosophy, by Graham Mcaleer  | Law & Liberty
Reviewed – Learning to Grieve, by Clair Wills | The New York Review of Books
Russia – Fear, Loathing, and Surrealism in Russia, by Emina Melonic | Law & Liberty

Must-Reads

EU – The EU’s Strategic Autonomy Trap by Richard Youngs | Carnegie Europe

US/Arctic – How the U.S. Can Win the Arctic  by Robert O’Brien & Ryan Tully, National Interest
Russia/China/US – A Russian-Chinese Partnership Against America?  by Charles Ziegler, National Interest
Israel – Israel Is the Arab World’s New Great Power  by Anchal Vohra | Foreign Policy
Africa – Uganda’s Election Re-Exposed Regional Faultlines  by L. Taylor & H. Matsiko | Afr. Arg.
Georgia Future – Georgia’s Democratic Future Is in Doubt  by Paul Stronski | World Politics Review
China – The Stories China Tells  by Jessica Chen Weiss | Foreign Affairs
US/ Middle East – B-52s in the Middle East by George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
China/Middle East – The Role China Might Play in the Middle East  by James Dorsey | Responsible Statecraft
Iran/JCPOE – How ‘Maximum Pressure’ Failed Against Iran  | International Crisis Group

Research & Analysis

EU/Western Balkans – Slovenia, Serbia and an EU-Balkan breakthrough in 2021 | European Stability Initiative ESI
Economy – Strengthening the recovery: The need for speed. Interim Economic Outlook | OECD
China/Human Rights – The Uyghur Genocide: An Examination of China’s Breaches of the 1948 Genocide Convention, | New Lines Institute

Podcasts

Enjeux Internationaux – La justice brésilienne, indépendante ou opportuniste ?  Julie Gacon | France Culture

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Quote of the day :
Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud. Hermann Hesse

Your Tuesday Briefing

“The common vice of democracy is disregard for morality.” Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 09

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

À propos de : Par-delà les frontières du corps, Silvia Federici, | Éditions du remue-ménage
Ideas – The Women Who Changed war Reporting  George Packer, The Atlantic

Must-Reads

US – Responsible Statecraft Requires Remaking America’s Foreign Relations Tool Kit, Gordon Adams | Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
US – The Chimera of Globalist Empire  Andrew Michta, National Review
Nuclear – Armenia’s nuclear power plant is dangerous By Brenda Shaffer | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
US/Defense – Abandon Old Assumptions About Defense Spending  Robert Levinson, WOTR
Taiwan – The West Needs a More Collaborative Approach to Taiwan  Michael Mazza, AEI
Vaccines – Is Choice Always Worth the Anxiety? | Zeynep Tufekci
Myanmar – Myanmar’s Month-Long ‘Phony War’ Is Over  Bill Hayton, Chatham House
Europe/Russia – Away From Europe! Igor Torbakov | Utrikesmagasinet
China/Decoupling – Pharma groups spend billions to tap into booming China healthcare, Mercedes Ruehl and Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times

Research & Analysis

Etudes Ifri – Cyber-influence : les nouveaux enjeux de la lutte informationnelle, par Elie Tenenbaum et Laure de Rochegonde | Ifri 📥 [PDF]
Nato – Containing NATO’s Mediterranean crisis, by Luigi Scazzieri | CER [PDF]

Podcasts

Enjeux internationaux – Le plan de relance américain, par Julie Gacon et Marie-Cécile Naves | France Culture

Your Monday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, March 08

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

China – Biden’s China Challenge by Christopher Smart | Project Syndicate
Meteorology – Atmospheric Changes, by Laura Marris | The Point Magazine
À propos de : À la gauche du droit, Liora Israël | EHESS | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads


Radioactivity – Irony as Saharan dust returns radiation from French nuclear tests in the 1960s, by Rafael Cereceda | Euronews


Digital- A ‘splinternet’ won’t solve global cyber defense problems by Yaron Rosen | C4ISRNET
Russie – À l’intérieur du Red Web, par Clémence Maquet | Siècle Digital
Splinternet – Goodbye free Internet? By Zuzana Pison | New Europe
UK/US – New UK-US Alignment Can Reshape Transatlantic Cooperation | Chatham House
EU/China – European navies hold stronger China deterrent than first appears, Akita Hiroyuki | Nikkei Asia
UK – A cut too far: why shrinking the Army would be a huge strategic blunder, By Freddie Fitzjames | CapX  
US/Russia/China – Kissinger Revisited. Can the United States Drive a Wedge Between Russia and China? Eugène Rumer Richard Sokolsky | Carnegie Russia
US/China – What Could Cause a US-China War? by Joseph S. Nye, Jr. | Project Syndicate
US/Economics/Biden – The United States’ massive relief package is more than a technocratic policy. It’s a democratic triumph, by Adam Tooze | Foreign Policy

Research & Analysis

US/Trade – 2021 Trade Policy Agenda and 2020 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, United States Trade Representative
EU/Geo-Economics – Germany’s Debt Brake and Europe’s Fiscal Stance after COVID-19, Shahin Vallée, Jérémie Cohen-Setton, Dominik Buhl | DGAP [PDF] 📥
US/North Korea – Sanctions by the Numbers  | CNAS

Podcasts

EU/Russie – Europe–Russia Relations Today, with Kadri Liik and Dmitri Trenin | Sound Cloud

Your Friday Briefing

 » Réfléchir, c’est difficile. C’est pourquoi la plus part des gens jugent. »
Carl Gustav Jung


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 05

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Immigration – We’re Here Because You Were There, by Ian Sanjay Patel | Verso Books
History – Merpeople: A Human History, Vaughn Scribner | Reaktion Books
Books Reviewed – Merpeople: A Human History by Vaughn Scribner, Reaktion, by Marina Warner | The New York Review of Books
Poland – Europe’s Growth Champion by Marcin Piatkowski | Oxford Academic

Must-Reads

France – Is This the End of French Intellectual Life? Christopher Caldwell | New York Times Opinion
US vs China – Biden bets on alliances to push back against Beijing Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times
Nuclear Risk – French report grapples with nuclear fallout from Algerian War Austin Cooper | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Vaccine – “Britain’s outsourcing scandal”, by Robert Maisey | Le Monde diplomatique in English US/Germany – US hails German plan to send warship in China Sea | Euractiv
Big Bang – Distinguishing post-communist privatizations from the Big Bang, Branko Milanovic | globalinequality
Vaccine – Vaccine Efficacy, Statistical Power and Mental Models by zeynep tufekci
Russia – Biden’s Risky Russia Sanctions Game  Nikolas Gvosdev, Russia Matters
Yemen – Only a Strong White House Can End Yemen’s Civil War  Con Coughlin, The National
Africa – Great Power Competition Is Coming to Africa  M. Hicks, K. Atwell & D. Collini, FA
Economic behaviour – Witch hunts in pre-modern Germany | Aeon+Psyche
US/Iran – The US, Iran and Bargaining Positions  George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
US – A Foreign Policy for the American People, Antony Blinken | Department of State

Research & Analysis

Nuclear Risk – Radioactivity Under the Sand by Jean-Marie Collin and Patrice Bouveret | Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung | ICAN France
Economy/Freedom – 2021 Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage Foundation
Digital – The Progressive Case for Universal Internet Access | Tony Blair Institute
Netherlands – Geopolitical Genesis: Dutch Foreign and Security Policy in a Post-COVID World, Clingendael/Hague Centre for Security Studies

Podcasts

Vaccin – Pourquoi le vaccin AstraZeneca suscite-t-il autant de réticences ? | France Culture

Argent –Les nazis et l’argent : au coeur du IIIe Reich | ARTE