Your Monday Briefing

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.
Herodotus


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, April 19, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Featured

France/Sahel – Philanthropic Imperialism, Stephen W. Smith | London Review of Books

Books

Books interview –Laurent Binet: ‘In France, I just feel like we are lost in space’, Alex Preston | Guardian Books
About – Louis Menand : “The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War,” by Marc Tracy | The New York

Must-Reads

Guaranteed Work –Does it make sense to question the morality of capitalism? Laura Pennacchi  | Social Europe
Financial NewsChina Officially Backs A Crypto Currency And Establishes It As Their Official Coin,  Shen Haixiong | Forbes
UK –Understanding Britain’s New Strategic Outlook  Ryan Evans | War on the Rocks
Ukraine/Russia – Why All-Out Ukraine-Russia War Is Unlikely  Liana Semchuk | The Conversation
US/China – Did China Simulate Attack on U.S. Carrier?  Stephen Silver | 1945
US – America’s Come-From-Behind Pandemic Victory  Hal Brands | Foreign Policy
China – Can China’s New Trade Strategy Hit the Right Buttons?  Wang Yong | EA Forum
Jordan –Inside Jordan’s royal crisis: why the prince turned to tribal leaders for support, Mehul Srivastava and Andrew England | FT
Economy – Forget identity politics: economics is what matters now, Simon Kuper | FT Weekend Magazine

Research & Analysis

China/Foreign Policy – What Do Overseas Visits Reveal about China’s Foreign Policy Priorities? | CSIS
US/EU/Economy – The US proposals on digital services taxes and minimum tax rates: How the EU should respond, Zach Meyers | Centre for European Reform
COVID-19/Recover – To recover from COVID-19, downtowns must adapt, Tracy Hadden Loh Joanne Kim | Brookings

Podcasts

How did the Iraq catastrophe happen?

Hosted by award-winning reporter Noreen Malone, the fifth season of Slow Burn explores the people and ideas that propelled the country into the Iraq war, and the institutions that failed to stop it.

Your Thursday Briefing

« Quelqu’un que vous avez privé de tout n’est plus en votre pouvoir. Il est de nouveau entièrement libre. »
Alexandre Soljenitsyne


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 04

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Economic Theology –The Spirit of French Capitalism | Charly Coleman | Stanford Press

War –  War Time Temporality and the Decline of Western Military Power Edited by Sten Rynning, Olivier Schmitt, and Amelie Theussen |  Brookings Institution

Must-Reads

EU – The EU’s perverse agenda in Bosnia, Toby Vogel Bodo Weber | EUobserver
US – Twilight of the American empire Aris Roussinos | UnHerd
Bitcoin/  Chartbook Newsletter #15 | Adam Tooze
US – The January 6 Insurrection, Domestic Terrorism, and Other Threats, Statement by Christopher Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation | FBI
US/China – China and the U.S. Tussle Over Southeast Asia  Economist
US/China – The U.S. and China: Avoiding Fear  Joseph Nye | Project Syndicate
UK/Asia-Pacific – UK Moves Endanger Australia’s Asia-Pacific Strategy  John Ravenhill | EA Forum US/India/Pakistan – How Will U.S.-India Ties Impact Pakistan?  Javid Husain | Dawn
Health – How to Make ‘Immunity Passports’ More Ethical, Nicole Hassoun, Anders Herlitz | Scientific American
Cryptocurrency Manufacturing – Cryptomining in Europe’s most disputed state, Alexander Clapp No. 52 | The Baffler

Research & Analysis

China/Western Balkans – Red Flags: Triaging China’s Projects in the Western Balkans, Heather A. Conley, Jonathan E. Hillman, Maesea McCalpin, Donatienne Ruy | CSIS
OSCE – Using the OSCE More Effectively: Ideas and Recommendations, Wolfgang Zellner | IFSH Hamburg
Trade – Multilateral Cooperation Behind the Trade War Headlines, Lucian Cernat and David Boucher | CEPS
Freedom/Democracy – Freedom in the World 2021: Democracy Under Siege | Freedom House
BitcoinOld Utopias, New Tax Havens: The Politics of Bitcoin in Historical Perspective, | Stefan Eich

Podcasts

Webinar – Early Modern Capitalism | H-France

Coronavirus – A Visual Guide to the New Coronavirus Variants