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 Thursday Briefing

“The more identities a man has, the more they express the person they conceal.” John le Carré


By Azra Isakovic

February 04, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

European Social Democracy From Revolution to Reformism, by Adam Przeworski | Boston Review
European Social Democracy – Market Economy, Market Society by Adam Przeworski. | Phenomenal World

Opinion

Technocratic Despotism –  Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule’s Technocratic Despotism, Jason Blakely | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Must-Reads

#EU🇪🇺 – Europe’s ‘long-Covid’ economic frailty, by Adam Tooze | IPS
Energy – 5 Oil And Gas Predictions For 2021 | OilPrice.com
Italie – An Italian rescue mission for Mario Draghi | Financial Times
Brexit – Brexit Is Probably the United Kingdom’s Death Knell  Brent Peabody, Foreign Policy
UK/EU – Foreign Policy Cooperation: Brexit’s Missing Link, Luigi Scazzieri, Centre for European Reform
EU/Health EU Faces 100 Billion-Euro Price Tag for Bungled Vaccine Push, Alexander Weber, Bloomberg
EU/US – Open strategic autonomy: What’s in a name? Susan Danger, Euractiv
EU/US/China – EU goes soft on China in hopes of a climate ‘partnership’ while the US plays hardball, Karl Mathiesen, Politico
Digital – Advancing Data Governance in the G7, Matthew P. Goodman and Pearl Risberg, CSIS
Eastern Europe – Tackling frozen conflicts in the EU’s own neighbourhood, Bogdan Aurescu, EU Observer

Research & Analysis

Democracy – Global democracy has a very bad year | The Economist Europe/Mobility – European Mobility Atlas 2021: Facts and Figures About Transport and Mobility in Europe, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Central and Eastern Europe/China – The Chinese Economic Footprint in Central and Eastern Europe: Impact on Energy Transition and Climate, Center for the Study of Democracy
US/Deterrence – Forging 21st-Century Strategic Deterrence, Admiral Charles A. Richard, U.S. Naval Institute
China – Chinese State Capitalism, Jude Blanchette | Hinrich Foundation  📥  PDF
Technology – Digital technology and democratic theory,  | Data & Society 📥 PDF
China –Addressing Forced Labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region | CSIS 📥 PDF
EU/Economy/Energy – The geopolitics of the European Green Deal | Bruegel 📥 PDF

Podcasts

Sahel – «Projet d’expansion» d’al-Qaïda vers le golfe de Guinée avc Alain Antil | RFI

Russie – «La condamnation de Navalny va plutôt encourager un certain nombre de manifestations» avc Florent Parmentier, | RFI

Your Monday Briefing

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.

Robert Byrne


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 18, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

#Livres 📚/#Recension – Open Democracy. Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century, Hélène Landemore,  Princeton University Press, | À la recherche d’une représentation démocratique par Éric Buge |  La Vie des idées
Books – Managing Transition: The First Post-Uprising Phase in Tunisia and Libya by Sabina Henneberg | Cambridge Core
Review of Books – The Limits of Caste Hazel V. Carby | London Review of Books
Review of Books  – Cynical Realism – Randall Kennedy on the biases of the Supreme Court | London Review of Books

Must-Reads

US – The Normalization of the Post-Sept. 11 Regime, by Stephen I. Vladeck | Tablet Magazine
Brexit – A look at Swiss politics shows that Euroskepticism is in the United Kingdom to stay, by Joseph de Weck | Foreign Policy
Europe/France/Germany – When Opposites Don’t Attract, by Joseph de Weck | Internationale Politik Quarterly
The Biden Transition – To Understand This Chaotic Transition, Rewind to the Last One | The New York Times
The Biden Transition – A Former Marine Stormed the Capitol as Part of a Far-Right Militia | The New Yorker
China/EU – Hungary Welcomes EU’s First Chinese University Campus | The Voice of America
Turkey – Erdogan’s great game: Turkey pushes into Africa with aid, trade and soaps |  Financial Times
Ideas – The Conservative Cult of Victimhood Trump was a perpetrator who thought himself a victim, and American society has indulged that same illusion among Trump supporters. David Frum | The Atlantic

Research & Analysis

#China🇨🇳/ The New Challenge of Communist Corporate Governance | CSIS  PDF 📥
EU/ROK – Consultations Resilience and Trust in Cyberspace | German Marshall Fund
Turkey🇹🇷 – Is Polarization Turkey’s Fate? By Emre Erdoğan @urbanhobbit | German Marshall Fund

Movies

Movies – The Movies That Mattered in 2020 by Anthony Lane | The New Yorker
Movies/Reviews – “Dear Comrades!” Is Andrei Konchalovsky’s Masterpiece, by Anthony Lane | The New Yorker

Your Thursday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 14, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Books –  La société de vigilance. Auto-surveillance, délation et haines sécuritaires, par Vanessa Codaccioni | Éditions Textuel
Books – Introduction à Antonio Gramsci by George HOARE, Nathan SPERBER | Éditions La Découverte
Books –  French Defence Policy Since the End of the Cold War, by Alice Pannier, Olivier Schmitt  | Routledge Books
Books –  Rivals in Arms: The Rise of UK-France Defence Relations in the Twenty-First Century by Alice Pannier | McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal

Must-Reads 

US – Impeachable Speech, Katherine Shaw, Emory Law Journal 
US – Institutional Integrity: Learning the Right Lessons from the Capitol Siege, Suzanne Spaulding and Devi Nair, CSIS 
US – We Tried to Warn You, Timothy McLaughlin, The Atlantic  
US/China/Technology – What the Cold War can teach Washington about Chinese tech tensions, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Brookings  
Lithuania – Vilnius at 30 – Nothing Must Be Forgotten, Paul Goble  
Estonia – Estonia’s PM resigns as corruption scandal hits ruling coalition, Richard Milne, Financial Times 
Baltics/Russia – The Sorry State of Baltic-Russian Relations, Sergei Utkin, Carnegie Moscow  
Germany – A Small Window of Opportunity, Stefanie Babst, Internationale Politik Quarterly   
Technology/Digital – Internet 3.0 and the Beginning of (Tech) History, Ben Thompson, Stratechery 
Technology – The Global AI Index, Tortoise 
Technology/US – Summary of AI Provisions from the National Defense Authorization Act 2021, Stanford University Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence 
Europe – Will Europe Part Ways with Populism in 2021? Shane Markowitz, World Politics Review 

Research & Analysis

US/Health/Global – COVID-19 exposes a changed world: A prescription for renewing U.S. global partnership, George Ingram, Brookings  
Data/Tech – Good Intentions, Bad Inventions – The Four Myths of Healthy Tech, by Amanda Lenhart & Kellie Owens | Data & Society 📥 PDF
Arctic –The U.S.-Canada Northwest Passage Disagreement: Why Agreeing to Disagree Is More Important Than Ever, Suzanne Lalonde, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate edito

Podcasts

Idées – Sommes-nous entrés dans une société de vigilance ? par Vanessa Codaccioni et Olivia Gesbert | France Culture

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