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

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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 Friday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 05

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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

   

Your Thursday Briefing

What we need is to use what we have. – Susan Sontag


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 25

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Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

France – À la ligne de Joseph Ponthus | Editions Table Ronde
France – La guerre des mots par Nicolas Framont, Selim Derkaoui, Antoine Glorieux | éditions le passager clandestin
US/China – The Great Decoupling by Nigel Inkster | Hurst Publishers

Must-Reads

EU – Chartbook Newsletter #13  by Adam Tooze
Khashoggi report – Biden set to call Saudi king, by HansNichols | Axios
Russia/Turkey – The biggest geopolitical shake-ups since the end of the cold war | The Economist
BigTech – Facebook and Australia both claim victory | The Economist
Capitalisme – Ce que le règne de McKinsey et des cabinets de conseil nous dit, par Nicolas Framont | Frustration magazine
US – ‘Great Power Competition’ is a Dangerously Simple Frame, C. Anthony Pfaff | Defense One
US/Defense/Europe/Africa – US to push troop synchronisation between Europe and Africa commands, Alexandra Brzozowski | Euractiv
Europe/China – China Faces European Obstacles as Some Countries Heed U.S. Pressure, Daniel Michaels and Valentina Pop | The Wall Street Journal

Research & Analysis

Tech Future – Improving Social Media | Scribd
Europe/Defense – Collective Collapse or Resilience? European Defense Priorities in the Pandemic Era, Corentin Brustlein (ed.) | IFRI
Africa – A Post-Covid-19 Reset: The Future of Africa’s Foreign Partnerships, By Judd Devermont | CSIS

Podcasts

Joseph Ponthus : « L’usine a enlevé tout le gras de mes textes » | France Culture
Joseph Ponthus – À la ligne : feuillets d’usine  | YouTube

Your Monday Briefing

It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, February 22

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Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

Inequality – Divested Inequality in the Age of Finance, by Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely | Oxford Uni Press
À propos de: Divested. Inequality in the Age of Finance,  par Olivier Godechot  | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

‘Islamogauchisme’ : Le piège de l’Alt-right se referme sur la Macronie, par David Chavalarias CNRS | Politoscope
Idéologies – Les mensonges d’« Apocalypse » par Pierre Grosser | Le Monde diplomatique
Ideas – It’ll Do – Impeachment did not prevail, but Trump still lost by David Frum | The Atlantic
US/Middle East – Biden says he will listen to experts by Marc Lynch & Shibley Telhami | Brookings
Science – « La fabrique de l’ignorance », par Mathias Girel | ARTE 
European values: Poland’s media fears a crackdown James Shotter | Financial Times
China/France – China’s state broadcaster applies to France for right to air in Europe  | Financial Times
Nuclear Risks –Nuclear Weapons and Declaratory Policy | War on the Rocks

Research & Analysis

US/Africa – Washington Consensus reforms and economic performance in sub-Saharan Africa, by Belinda Archibong Brahima S. Coulibaly, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala | via Brookings 📥 [PDF]
Nuclear Risks – Could blockchain technology help reduce nuclear risks, by Lyndon Burford | King’s College London 📥 [PDF]

Podcasts

Idéologies – Les mensonges d’« Apocalypse » par Pierre Grosser | Le Monde diplomatique

Etats-Unis/Iran – La diplomatie pourra-t-elle limiter l’ambition nucléaire de l’Iran ? | France Culture

Your Friday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, February 19

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Sociologie – Se ressaisir Rose-Marie LAGRAVE | Éditions La Découverte
Book – Byzantine Intersectionality, Roland Betancourt | Princeton University Press
Book Review – Byzantine Intersectionality, Roland Betancourt by Meaghan Allen | LSE Review of Books
This is Not Normal – The Collapse of Liberal Britain by William Davies | Verso Books
Kleptopia – How Dirty Money is Conquering the World Tom Burgis | Brave New Europe
Poutine – Poutine. La stratégie du désordre, I. Mandraud, J.Théron | Éditions Tallandier

Must-Reads

US – Ronald Reagan a-t-il vraiment « gagné la guerre froide » ? Pierre Grosser | The Conversation France
EU/Russia – Russia and Europe: the Current Impasse and the Way Out, by Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Rusia
Russia – The Role of Ideology in Foreign Policy, by Kristian Fors | Modern Diplomacy
US – A Superpower, Like It or Not  Robert Kagan, Foreign Affairs
US-China – How Will Biden Handle the Great U.S. Shift to Lesser Power?  Terry Su, SCMP
EU – The EU Is Much Less Wonderful Than It Thinks  Martin Ivens, Bloomberg
Canada – Trudeau’s Willful Blindness to Evils of Chinese Communism  John Robson, NP
China/Pakistan – What Happened to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?  M. Akbar Notezai, Dipl.
EU/China – The European Union has a new trade strategy  Bruno Maçães

Research & Analysis

US/China  – Understanding U.S.-China Decoupling: Macro Trends and Industry Impacts | U.S. Chamber of Commerce [PDF]
Cybersécurité La cybersécurité pour les TPE/PME en douze questions | ANSSI [PDF]
AI – Strengthening international cooperation on artificial intelligence, J. Meltzer C. Kerry | Brookings
AI – A blueprint for technology governance in the post-pandemic world, L. Signé & S. Almond | Brookings
Africa – The Great Reset: Relaunching African economies Landry Signé | Brookings [PDF]

Podcasts

Savoirs – Quand la sociologie émancipe, par Chloé Leprince | France Culture
Sciences Sociales – Entretien avec Rose-Marie Lagrave | Politika

Your Tuesday Briefing

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Ambrose Bierce


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 09

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Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

About : Le temps du paysage. Aux origines de la révolution esthétique, Jacques Rancière | La Fabrique, by Laurent Folliot | Books & Ideas
À propos de : Techno-féodalisme. Critique de l’économie numérique de Cédric Durand, par Thibault Darcillon | La Vie des idées


Ukrainian Business – Exclusive: First ‘Excerpt’ From Hunter Biden’s Memoir  Kyle Smith, New York Post

Must-Reads

OpenLux – Entre la France et le Luxembourg, une faille fiscale pour l’immobilier de luxe | Le Monde
OpenLux/Luxembourg – Shedding Light on Big Secrets in Tiny Luxembourg, Antonio Baquero, Maxime Vaudano, Cecilia Anesi, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
France – How consultants like McKinsey took over France, by Paul de Villepin & Elisa Braün | POLITICOEurope
US/China – Why is Biden proposing a massive stimulus plan for … Chinese manufacturers? | Bruno Maçães
China – China Ends the Clubhouse Spring  Melissa Chan, Foreign Policy
Digital/US – US’s flawed approach to 5G threatens its digital future, Eric Schmidt, Financial Times
US/Russia –Dealing With Biden’s America, by Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Russia
Digital/US – How the United States Lost to Hackers, Nicole Perlroth, New York Times
Technology/China –From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards, Valentina Pop, Sha Hua and Daniel Michaels, The Wall Street Journal
EU/Energy/Climate – EU urged to quit energy treaty as companies sue over climate action, Mehreen Khan, Financial Times
China/Central and Eastern Europe – Baltic vs. Beijing: Lithuania, Estonia snub Xi’s eastern summit, Stuart Lau | Politico
Yemen – Accomplice to Carnage in Yemen  Robert Malley & Stephen Pomper, Foreign Affairs

Research & Analysis

UK/China –  Inadvertently Arming China? by Radomir Tylecote & Robert Clark | Civitas think tank 📥 [PDF]


Technology/China – China, Europe and the New Power Competition over Technical Standards, Tim Rühlig | Swedish Institute of International Affairs
US/Africa – Ideas for Policy on Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia  R. Satloff & S. Feuer, Wash. Ins.

Podcasts

Covid, saison 3 (1/4) : L’Europe des vaccins : la grande cacophonie | France Culture

Your Monday Briefing

A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful. – Charles W. Pickering


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, February 08

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Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

Public service/Private interests – « The Neoliberal Republic” – by Antoine Vauchez and Pierre France, | Cornell Press


Diplomatie – « Diplomaties européennes XIXe – XXIe siècle. » par Laurence Badel | Presses Sciences Po
Shoah –« Et les Juifs bulgares furent sauvés… » par Nadège Ragaru| Presses de Sciences Po UE/Commission européenne – Un sociologue à la Commission européenne par Frédéric Mérand | Presses Sciences Po

Must-Reads

US/Capital/Jobs – What Happened to Social Mobility in America? By Branko Milanovic | Foreign Affairs
EU-China – The new EU-China trade deal is driven by a commercial realpolitik – and the world knows it by Helen Thompson | New Statesman  
US/Japan/China – U.S. and Japan Should Prepare for War With China  Jeffrey Hornung, WOTR
Russia – Putin’s Russia Destabilizes From Within  Tatiana Stanovaya, Financial Times
US – The Fracturing of the American Ideal  Andrew Michta, National Review
Russia – Navalny Proves Too Hot for ‘Poisoner Putin’  Paul Roderick Gregory, The Hill
Biden – Biden Is Right to Double Down on the Quad  Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner
Arms Control – The End of Arms Control as We Know It  Eugene Rumer & Richard Sokolsky, Politico


India – The Unyielding Middlemen: India’s Protests  Vishnu Modur, Notes on Liberty
India – Huge Turnout of Women Farmers at Mahapanchayats  Ashok Kumar, The Hindu
EU – Scandals Roil Europe’s Border Agency  Giorgos Christides et al, Der Spiegel
Myanmar – The Coup in Myanmar: Why Now?  Phillip Orchard, Geopolitical Futures
Jürgen Habermas – Why Jürgen Habermas Disappeared  Blake Smith, Foreign Policy

Research & Analysis

Sahel – A Course Correction for the Sahel Stabilisation Strategy | Crisis Group


Facial Recognition – Transparency and Accountability Mechanisms for Facial Recognition | German Marshall Fund

Podcasts

Les contours de la Shoah en Bulgarie, avec Nadège Ragaru | Paroles d’histoire podcast 

Your Friday Briefing

Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader.
Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 22, 2021

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Livres – « L’extrême centre ou le poison français – 1789-2019 » de Pierre Serna | Éditions Champ Vallon
Verso Books – How Derrida and Foucault became the most misunderstood philosophers of our time, By Peter Salmon | Prospect Magazine

Revues

Revues – Insécurité collective – La Crise de multilatéralisme, Questions internationales, N° 105 Serge Sur, Sabine Jansen | La Documentation française

Must-Reads 

US – The Last Chance for American Internationalism, Hal Brands | Foreign Affairs   
US – The outlook for America looks grim, but that could quickly change, The Economist   
US/Nuclear – Proportionate Deterrence: A Model Nuclear Posture Review [ Carnegie Endowment
Europe/Health – What do vaccination passports mean for Europe?  | Wolff, Bruegel 
Turkey/Eastern Mediterranean – What Erdogan Really Wants in the Eastern Mediterranean | Foreign Policy   
Black Sea – The Black Sea…Or a Black Hole? Ben Hodges, CEPA

EU/China/Investment – The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment: One Deal, Two Realities, Didi Kirsten Tatlow, DGAP   
EU/China/US – Transatlantic Awakening: Why Europe and China are Creating a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, Valbona Zeleni and Joseph Vann, National Interest 
Eastern Partnership – The Eastern Partnership: Three dilemmas in a time of troubles, Bob Deen, Wouter Zweers, and Iris van Loon (eds.), Clingendael 
China – Beijing’s Parting Gift to Former Trump Officials  Jimmy Quinn, National Review
Russia – A Vision for Russia  Gordon Humphrey & Joe Lieberman, The Hill
US/Japan – How Biden Should Support the U.S.-Japan Alliance  Andrew Erickson, 1945

  

Research & Analysis

France/Africa – Operation Barkhane and the Future of Intervention in the Sahel, Denis M. Tull, SWP
EU – The European economic and financial system: fostering openness, strength and resilience, European Commission 
US/Climate – Choosing Wisely: How the Biden Administration can Build a Better Coalition on International Energy and Climate Policy in a Post-COVID World, David Goldwyn and Andrea Clabough, Atlantic Council   

   


Your Tuesday Briefing

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 19, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Book Reviews –  Empire, race and global justice, by Dani Solomon | International Affairs
Livres/Recension – « Les capitalismes à l’épreuve de la pandémie », de Robert Boyer – Éric Monnet | La Vie des idées
Books – “Grounded Nationalisms: A Sociological Analysis”, by Siniša Malešević | Center for Nationalism Studies PDF

Must-Reads

US – America’s New Corporate Tyranny, by Michael Lind | Tablet Magazine
US – America’s Political Decay Accelerates  Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs
US – Last Chance for American Power  Andrew Michta, National Review
US – Conspiracy Theories will Doom the Republican Party, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), The Atlantic 
US – Foreign Policy Priorities for the Biden Administration, Chatham House   
US – America and the World: How to Build Back Better, Jonathan Tepperman and Fareed Zakaria, Foreign Policy 
Russia – Navalny Is Russian for ‘Domestic Enemy Number One’  Ben Hall, Financial Times
Russia – What Navalny’s Return Means for Putin  Felix Light, New Statesman
China – New Lessons on China’s International Aid  Zhang Chao & Tang Yuxuan, The Diplomat
China/AI – Can China Become the AI Superpower?  Jinghan Zeng with Ben Horton, Chatham House US/Europe/Corruption – Biden Can’t Fight Corruption Without Help From Europe, Kathleen Doherty, Foreign Policy 
Germany – Merkel era may only just be beginning, Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico  
US-EU/China –US-EU united front on China faces challenges | Hinrich Foundation
UK/EU – The UK and EU are heading for bad-tempered rivalry, unless we can avert it, Timothy G. Ash, ECFR
Technology –Why a dawn of technological optimism is breaking, The Economist 
US/Iran – Iran Struggles to Fill Vacuum Left by Soleimani  Ali Hashem, Center for Global Policy
Africa – Tunisia’s Revolution: Unfulfilled, Unforgotten  Tharwa Boulifi, African Arguments
Taiwan Policy – Sudden Policy Change Does Taiwan No Favors  Michael Green & Bonnie Glaser, CSIS

Research & Analysis

Germany/US – More Ambition, Please! Toward a New Agreement between Germany and the United States, German Transatlantic Group, GMF
US/Trade – The Trade Agenda for the 46th U.S. President – Advancing Global Economic Order? Peter Rashish, Konrad Adenauer Foundation  

Podcat

Covid/écologie –  « Le confinement est définitif » Bruno Latour | France Culture

Ce que le numérique fait aux humanités, par Bruno Latour