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

   

Your Wednesday Briefing

“Duty [is] not taught by the state.” Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, March 03

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

France – Communautarisme ? par Marwan Mohammed & Julien Talpin | Puf/Vie des idées
Algeria – Electric News in Colonial Algeria, by Arthur Asseraf | Oxford University Press
How Economics Spurred Witch Hunts in Germany  Johannes Dillinger, Aeon
Was There One Enlightenment or Many?  Jesse Norman, The Spectator USA
The Eclectic Travels of Albrecht Dürer  Laura Cumming, The Guardian

Must-Reads

War – What Civilization Owes to War  Dov Zakheim, National Interest
Ideas – Mars Is a Hellhole  Shannon Stirone, The Atlantic
Japan/CambodiaHow Japan Can Send a Strong Message to Hun Sen  Sam Rainsy, The Diplomat
Biden – Biden’s Brutal Choice on Afghanistan  Fred Kaplan, Slate
US/Saudi – A Realist Reset for U.S.-Saudi Relations  Richard Haass, Project Syndicate
France – Sarkozy Conviction Rocks French Conservatives Marion Solletty, Politico EU
Syria – Syria Strike Sparks New Debate Over War Powers  Robbie Gramer & Jack Detsch, FP
Germany/Bosnia and Herzegovina – Great power politics in Bosnia: How Berlin can stabilise a dysfunctional state, Majda Ruge, ECFR
Germany/Russia/Energy – Pass the Buck to Moscow: A Possible Solution to the Nord Stream 2 Conundrum, Wolfgang Ischinger, Der Spiegel 
Iran – For Iran, Nuclear Weapons Can Wait, by Hilal Khashan | Geopolitical Futures
US/China – The One-Sided War of Ideas With China  Robert Kaplan, Foreign Policy
US/China – Four Flashpoints in the U.S.-China Cold War  Hal Brands, Bloomberg

Research & Analysis

Technology – Final Report, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence
EU – European Strategic Autonomy: What It Is, Why We Need It, How to Achieve It, Nathalie Tocci, Istituto Affari Internazionale 

Podcasts

Rixes entre bandes – Les mécaniques de la violence | France Culture

Your Tuesday Briefing

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
Clarence Darrow


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 02

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Médias –L’Information est un bien public – Julia Cagé et Benoît Huet | Editions du Seuil
Censorship – Amazon Gets Into the Censorship Business  Roger Kimball, American Greatness
Censorship – Senators Ask Bezos Why Amazon Pulled Book  James Gordon, Daily Mail
Review – What Freud Got Right  Jess Keiser, The Washington Post

Must-Reads

Biden/MBS – Biden Lets a Saudi Murderer Walk  Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
Biden/MBS – Biden Fails to Make MBS a Pariah  Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg
Japan – Japan’s Fredo Corleone Moment Is Not Very Cinematic  William Pesek | Nikkei
Italy – Italy and Defense Under Draghi  Karolina Muti & Arturo Varvelli | ECFR
Tech War – Latin America Caught Up in U.S.-China Tech War  Oliver Stuenkel | Foreign Policy
Somalia – The Way Out of Somalia’s Political Impasse  Afyare Abdi Elmi | Al Jazeera
US/China/Asia/Europe – U.S. Enlists Allies to Counter China’s Technology Push, Bob Davis | Wall Street Journal
US/Climate – Clean Resilient States: The Role of U.S. States in Addressing Climate Action, Morgan Higman, Sarah Ladislaw, Nikos Tsafos | CSIS
UK – UK Regulation after Brexit, Hussein Kassim, Sean Ennis, Andrew Jordan, UK in a Changing Europe
Greece/Turkey – Why Greeks and Turks Fight, Costas M. Constantinou | Current History 
China/India – China Seems to Warn India the Lights May Go Out  D. Sanger & E. Schmall, NYT

Research & Analysis

Corruption – Turning the Tide on Dirty Money: Why the World’s Democracies Need a Global Kleptocracy Initiative, Trevor Sutton and Ben Judah, Center for American Progress 
Digital Cyber Threats 2020: A Year in Retrospect | PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC
Digital/Finance – Preconditions for a general-purpose central bank digital currency, Jess Cheng, Angela N. Lawson, and Paul Wong, U.S. Federal Reserve

Podcast

Médias – Comment démocratiser l’information ? | France Culture

Films

Srebrenica – “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Janine di Giovanni | Foreign Policy

Your Monday Briefing

Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas. Lewis Black


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, March 01

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

Reclaiming Public Ownership Andrew Cumbers | Zed Books
The Problems of Genocide, Dirk Moses | History at Cambridge

Must-Reads

US/Iran – Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. , by Farnaz Fassihi & David E. Sanger | The New York Times
Brexit – The Ugly Divorce Between Britain and Brussels Mark Landler | The New York Times
China – The age of empire is back, by Aris Roussinos | UnHerd
Nord Stream 2 – Le gazoduc russe qui sème la zizanie en Europe | Le Monde
Chartbook Newsletter #14 by Adam Tooze
US/China – How to stop China’s long march, by Edward Luttwak | UnHerd
EU – Can the EU survive the death of liberalism? By Larry Siedentop | UnHerd

Research & Analysis

US – United States Counterterrorism Operations 2018–2020, Stephanie Savell, Watson Institute, Brown University [PDF] 📥
Soft Power – Global Soft Power Index | Brand Finance [PDF] 📥
EU/India – Circles of EU-India Engagement | Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Ukraine – Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Parts of Ukraine’s Donbas since 2014, | Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Podcasts

Costs of War – The Human Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars | Brown University

Your Wednesday Briefing

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment. Margaret Mead


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, February 24

Good afternoon

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

US/Foreign Policy – America’s massive military is predicated on imaginary threats | Foreign Policy
US/Foreign Policy – The Stupidity of War, by John Mueller | Cambridge University Press
The Tyranny of Merit – What Comes After Meritocracy? Elizabeth Anderson | The Nation

Must-Reads

US/Biden – Biden Says ‘America Is Back.’ Should It Be? By Stephen Wertheim | New York Times Opinion
AI – Chine : l’intelligence artificielle, porte d’entrée de la dictature de surveillance ? par Hubert Guillaud | internetactu
Fake News – “Fake news: A false epidemic?” | Le Monde diplomatique
Yemen – “Saudi-led coalition loses its grip on Yemen”, by Pierre Bernin | Le Monde diplomatique
US/China – Washington’s battle with Beijing is not one of investment or innovation but one of values, by Elise Labott | Foreign Policy
US/Iran/JCPOA – The Real Regional Problem With the Iran Deal by Trita Parsi | Foreign Affairs
Culture War – If You Thought the Culture War in the US and UK Was Dumb, Check Out France’s | VICE
Radical Philosophy – The Entire Archives of Radical Philosophy Go Online | Open Culture
US/China – US and allies to build ‘China-free’ tech supply chain | Nikkei Asia

Research & Analysis

US/Europe – Transatlantic Relations and European Strategic Autonomy in the Biden Era, by Garret Martin and Ville Sinkkonen | FIIA 📥 [PDF]
US/Security/Technology – National Security Policy, American Edge Project | Edge Project 📥 [PDF]
EU/Green Deal – The EU Green Deal and Its Industrial and Political Significance, By Hosuk Lee-Makiyama  | ECIPE 📥 [PDF]

Podcasts

Quartier Libre – «Surveiller et asservir» Vanessa Codaccioni

Your Tuesday Briefing

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
Aesop


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 23

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

About : Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire, Pankaj Mishra, by Kanishk Tharoor | The New Republic
History – Can Historians Be Traumatized by History?  | The New Republic

Must-Reads

China –In the new Cold War: Germany wants to be neutral, India is increasingly pro-U.S., the Philippines is trending toward China, and Djibouti is a prized pawn | Bloomberg Opinion
Russia – Putin’s Killers: Russia’s 5 Most Powerful Weapons for Sale  National Interest
Joe Biden – Biden’s brief window to fix the world’s broken institutions, Adam Triggs | East Asia Forum
US/China – The Sino-American War of 2025: A Future History  Michael Auslin, Spectator
UK/Economy – Keeping up appearances: What now for UK services trade? Sam Lowe, Centre for European Reform 
US/Digital – From Washington to Florida, here are Big Tech’s biggest threats from states, Emily Birnbaum, Protocol 
US/China/Vaccine – The U.S.-China Global Vaccine Competition Derek Scissors & Dan Blumenthal | AEI

Research & Analysis

Nato/Proliferation – Reviewing NATO’s Non-proliferation and Disarmament Policy, by Katarzyna Kubiak | IAI  [PDF]
Nato/Digital – Cyber Defence in NATO Countries: Comparing Models, Alessandro Marrone and Ester Sabatino | IAI
OSCE – The Future of the OSCE, | The Wilson Center [PDF]
EU/Iran –Europe’s Defence of the Iran Nuclear Deal, by Riccardo Alcaro | The Intl Spectator || IAI | Taylor & Francis Research Insights
Covid19/Economy –Trade and Global Value Chains at the Time of Covid-19, Anna Maria Pinna & Luca Lodi | The Intl Spectator | IAI | Taylor & Francis Research Insights

 

Podcasts

UE/Iran – Europe’s Defence of the Iran Nuclear Deal: Less than a Success, More than a Failure

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

Good morning

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 Tuesday Briefing

La politique est une question trop sérieuse pour être laissée aux politiciens.
Charles de Gaulle


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 16

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

« Boomers » – The men and women who promised freedom and delivered disaster by Helen Andrews | Penguin Random House
Review – Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster Kay S. Hymowitz | City Journal

Must-Reads

Poland – Reflections on Poland’s Alliances  Jacek Bartosiak, Geopolitical Futures
US – America’s Other Forever War  Peter Beinart, New York Times
China/Vaccine – Will China Be a Global Vaccine Leader?  Deborah Seligsohn et al, ChinaFile
EU/Foreign Policy – EU Foreign Policy RIP  Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico EU
Germany/Russia – Germany’s Bridges to Russia Split Open Europe  Tony Barber, Financial Times
US – How to Rebuild the State Department  Robert Kaplan, National Interest
China/Uighurs – Uighurs in Exile Wait on the World to Act  Rachel Cheung & Benjamin Wilhelm, WPR

Research & Analysis

Energy/India – India Energy Outlook 2021 – Analysis – IEA [PDF]

Podcasts

Inégalités – Inégalités, précarité, des clés pour les surmonter | France Culture

Revues

Your Thursday Briefing

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Caskie Stinnett


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 11

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Michel Foucault“The Last Man Takes LSD – Foucault and the End of Revolution” by Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora | Verso Books
Pandémie – Les capitalismes à l’épreuve de la pandémie, par Robert Boyer  | Éditions La Découverte

Must-Reads

Welfare State – « Welfare without the welfare state »: the death of the postwar welfarist consensus, by Anton Jäger & Daniel Zamora | NewStatesman
Nord Stream 2 – The Battle of Nord Stream 2 Narratives  Michael Richter | Riddle
China – The Roots of Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang  Sean Roberts | Foreign Affairs
Pandemic – Merkel’s Pandemic Failure  Markus Feldenkirchen | Der Spiegel
Taiwan –  The State Department’s Bipartisan Taiwan Diplomacy  Jimmy Quinn | Nat’l Review
Trump – Trump’s Worst 2 Military Mistakes for Biden to Fix  Bradley Bowman | Foreign Policy
Technology – Innovation Wars, Christopher Darby and Sarah Sewell | Foreign Affairs
Digital – Competing with China’s Digital Silk Road, Jonathan E. Hillman | Center for Strategic and International Studies
Digital/NATO – Cyber Defence in NATO Countries: Comparing Models, Alessandro Marrone and Ester Sabatino | Istituto Affari Internazionali
Health/Europe – Why Europe Is Falling Behind on Vaccines, Eyck Freymann, Elettra Ardissino, Foreign Policy
US/Yemen – Accomplice to Carnage: How America Enables War in Yemen, Robert Malley and Stephen Pomper, Foreign Affairs
Energy – How tech went big on green energy, Leslie Hook and Dave Lee, Financial Times
Energy – Biden faces climate dilemma over LNG exports to Europe, Dave Keating and Justin Gerdes, Energy Monitor
Climate – Welcome to the Era of Competitive Climate Statecraft, Carolyn Kissane, Foreign Policy
China/Central and Eastern Europe – China’s Eastern Europe Strategy Gets the Cold Shoulder, Stuart Lau, Politico
Black Sea – Strategic sovereignty in the EU’s Southeastern neighborhood: The Black Sea as part of a larger geopolitical region, Stefan Meister | Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Research & Analysis

Proliferation – Strategic Risk Reduction between Nuclear-Weapons Possessors, by  Corentin Brustlein | IFRI 📥 PDF
France/Defense – Rethinking our Defense in the Face of 21st Century Crises, Institut Montaigne 📥 PDF
US/OSCE – United States of America General Elections | OSCE
US/EU/India – Paths to Post-Pandemic Partnership, Mihir Swarup Sharma, German Marshall Fund
EU/India – The EU-India Partnership: Follow-up, Focus, and Free Trade, Maurice Fermont, German Marshall Fund

Podcasts

Covid, saison 3 (3/4) : Etats-Unis : la paupérisation qui vient |  France Culture

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

Good morning

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