Your Friday Briefing

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By Azra Isakovic

Friday, February 12

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Science – Probable Impossibilities – Musings on Beginnings and Endings, by Alan Lightman | IndieBound
Book Excerpts –  ‘It Seems That I Know How the Universe Originated’ by Alan Lightman | The Atlantic

Must-Reads

China – China’s Inequality Will Lead It to a Stark Choice, By Branko Milanovic | Foreign Affairs
France/Europe – Macron’s Mini Me  Rym Momtaz, Politico EU
Health – Vaccines vs variants: the race to immunise the developing world | Financial Times
Health – The west should pay attention to Russia and China’s vaccine diplomacy | Financial Times
Health/Germany – How Germany Lost Control of the Virus, Anna Sauerbrey | New York Times
Germany/Russia/Energy – Nord Stream 2: construction resumes under pressure from sanctions | OSW
UK/Netherlands/Finance – Amsterdam ousts London as Europe’s top share trading hub | Financial Times
US/Economy – Bidenomics 101: Inside the White House’s Plans to Bring Jobs Back | New York Times Magazine
EU/Technology – EU Weighs Deal With TSMC, Samsung for Semiconductor Foundry | Bloomberg
Sweden/China – EU’s front line with China: Stockholm | Politico
Norway/Russia – Norway intelligence warns , | Barents Observer
Europe – The challenges of European identity | Martin Sandbu | Financial Times
Armenia/Azerbaijan | Unfinished Business in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict, T. de Waal | Carnegie Europe
US/Iran – A World Where Iran Is Always ‘On the Brink’  Assal Rad, Responsible Statecraft
China/Pandemic – How Beijing Faced the Outbreak  ChinaFile


Research & Analysis

EU/Economy – Winter 2021 Economic Forecast | European Commission
Health/US – Public policy and health in the Trump era, Steffie Woolhandler, et al. | Lancet Commission
China/Taiwan – The Most Dangerous Flashpoint in the World  Robert Blackwill & Philip Zelikow, CFR

Podcasts

Covid, saison 3 (4/4) : Tourisme d’hiver : la pente glissante | France Culture

Our Monday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

    The truth is lived, not taught. Hermann Hesse


Azra Isakovic

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Here’s what you need to know

Biden Transition Five things to watch when the Electoral College votes | The Hill

Biden TransitionGerman-American Relations After Trump  Christiane Hoffmann & René Pfister, Spiegel

Biden TransitionRussia, Biden and Cyber Regulation  Pavel Sharikov, Riddle

Biden Transition‘This Must Be Your First’ – Acting as if Trump is trying to stage a coup is the best way to ensure he won’t, by Zeynep Tufekci | The Atlantic

Biden Transition –  President Joe Biden and the restoration of US global leadership: Turning the tide? – | FIIA

China/BRIChina’s Policy Banks Are Lending Differently, Not Less | The Diplomat

China/Energy China’s Footprints in Kazakh Oil and Gas Industry  | The Diplomat

Books/ReviewThe Audacity of Disappointment: Barack Obama’s A Promised Land by Frankie Bond | The Social Review

Brexit – EU and UK agree to continue Brexit trade deal talks  | Financial Times

Brexit/EU🇪🇺/UK🇬🇧 – UK puts Royal Navy on standby to deter European fishing boats, by  Jim Pickard via Financial Times

Brexit/EU🇪🇺/UK🇬🇧/ Brexit negotiators make progress on key issue in trade talks, by George Parker, Jim Brunsden and Sam Fleming | Financial Times

Brexit More Brexit Talks Are Worst Possible Outcome  Matthew Lynn, Spectator

Brexit The Shape of Our Bad Deal Is Clear  Tom Kibasi, Guardian

Brexit/EU🇪🇺/UK🇬🇧 – EU and UK still ‘far apart’ but Brexit deal hopes rise | Financial Times

Weekly Roundup / Bilan hebdomadaire

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. Thomas Jefferson


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Management Isabelle Ferreras et Johann Chapoutot, penseurs du management, | France Culture 🎧 Podcast🎙

Livres 📚 – Libres d’obéir ; le management, du nazisme à aujourd’hui, par Johann Chapoutot | Gallimard

Livres📚« Le Manifeste Travail. Démocratiser. Démarchandiser. Dépolluer » Sous la direction d’Isabelle Ferreras, Julie Battilana et Dominique Méda #ManifesteTravail | Editions du Seuil

Books 📚- Dreamworlds of Race: Empire and the Utopian Destiny of Anglo-America, by Duncan Bell Unis | Princeton University Press

Books/Review The old consensus antitrust is dead. Long live the new non-consensus by Niamh Dunne | Project Syndicate

Nato/ Energy – NATO’s Energy Security Rests on a Fragile Cease-Fire  Alex Vatanka, RCWorld

China/BRIChina Pulls Back From the World  James Kynge & Jonathan Wheatley, Financial Times

China – How China’s Communist Party Trains Foreign Politicians  Economist

US/Israel/MoroccoIsrael-Morocco Deal: Another Mess for U.S.  Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg

#Covid19Pandemiebekämpfung: Der Impfstoff hätte früher nach Deutschland kommen müssen Thomas Schulz | Der SPIEGEL

China/France – France follows own road in cooperating with China By Dong Yifan |  Global Times

Your Thursday Briefing – Votre briefing du jeudi, par Azra Isakovic

Le secret d’une autorité, quelle qu’elle soit, tient à la rigueur inflexible avec laquelle elle persuade les gens qu’ils sont coupables ~ Raoul Vaneigem


Azra Isakovic

Dec. 10, 2020

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know – Voici ce que vous devez savoir

US/China – About Beijing’s Influence With the Biden Administration – Professor Di Dongsheng says China’s close ties to Wall Street and its dealings with Hunter both enable it to exert more power now than it could under Trump. | Glenn Greenwald

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China/Vaccine – U.A.E. is first to approve Chinese vaccine . By Sui-Lee Wee | The New York Times

US – Why I Chose Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense, Joe Biden, The Atlantic

UK/Finance – Future of the City: how London’s reach will shrink after Brexit, Jonathan Ford, Financial Times 

US/EU – What is Europe’s ‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Offer to America? Bart M.J. Szewczyk, Foreign Policy

EU/France – The Risks Behind Macron’s Paris Consensus, Shahin Vallée, DGAP

EU/Turkey – Turkey, the EU and the Eastern Mediterranean Crisis, Sinem Adar, Ilke Toygür, SWP 

Energy – Energy Transitions in Emerging Economies, Nikos Tsafos and Lachlan Carey, CSIS   

Digital/EU/US – Why Schrems II requires US-EU agreement on surveillance and privacy, Joshua P. Meltzer, Brookings

EU/US –What Is Europe’s ‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Offer to America? Bart M.J. Szewczyk, Foreign Policy 

Germany Merkel’s Last Chance  Jan-Werner Mueller, Project Syndicate

China/IndiaA Fresh Look at China-India Standoff  Daniel Balazs, The Diplomat

France/Turkey – ‘Islamism’ at the heart of France’s hostility towards Turkey, by Jean-Do Merchet | l’Opinion

TechPolicy/AI_EthicsThe coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty, by Karen Hao  | MIT Technology Review

#Technology/ The promise of the fourth industrial revolution | MIT Technology Review PDF 📥



Your Saturday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

    In our changing world nothing changes more than geography. Pearl S. Buck

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know

China/ Chinese Communist Party – The Party That Failed China  Cai Xia, Foreign Affairs

China/ Supply Chains  – Does China Pose a Threat to Global Rare Earth Supply Chains? | CSIS

China/Technology –How China is buying up the West’s high-tech sector, Elisabeth Braw, Foreign Policy

US/Defense – Conference Report Summary for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, U.S. House Armed Services Committee 

US/Foreign Policy – A New Direction: A foreign policy playbook on military restraint for the Biden team, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft 

China/Biden  Biden’s Chance to Challenge China  Dan Blumenthal, Newsweek

Vaccines Vaccines Prompt a Wave of Economic Exuberance Robin Wigglesworth, FT

Turkey/EU Turkey Does Its Own Thing  Nigar Goksel & Hugh Pope, Chatham House

RCEPThe Limits of the RCEP  Lee Jong-Wha, Project Syndicate

North KoreaResetting With North Korea  Bonnie Kristian, RealClearWorld

JapanJapan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force Revitalization  Felix Chang, FPRI

Azra_Files : Your Friday Briefing

« Quand la vérité n’est pas libre, la liberté n’est pas vraie » Jacques Prévert


Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know:

Books“The Fabulists – The World’s New Rulers, Their Myths and the Struggle Against Them” by Michael Peel | Oneworld Publications

EU identity crisis: Poland, Hungary and the fight over Brussels’ values  | Financial Times

EU common budget Brussels warns Poland and Hungary they cannot stop EU recovery fund – Bloc drawing up plans to push through €750bn project over two nations’ objections Sam Fleming and James Shotter | FT

US Revitalizing the State Department and American Diplomacy, by Uzra S. ZEYA and Jon FINER, The Council on Foreign Relations

UE/Royaume-Uni Breaking up is hard to do. Royaume-Uni et Union européenne après le Brexit, by Florence Faucher, Colin Hay, Revue Politique étrangère, hiver 2020-2021 | Institute français des relations internationales

EU/US – A new EU-US agenda for global change, European Commission and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy       

EUBrussels considers creating recovery fund without Hungary and Poland, by  Sam Fleming et Mehreen Khan | Financial Times

US/IranFour ways the killing of Iran’s nuclear scientist will undercut US national security, by John Krzyzaniak | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 

Energy/ChinaUnpacking China’s 2060 carbon neutrality pledge  By Michal MEIDAN | The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

FranceFrance to investigate 76 mosques suspected of ‘separatism’, by Victor Mallet | Financial Times

China/XinjiangInside A Xinjiang Detention Camp | BuzzFeedNews

Vaccines/ The ‘everything rally’: vaccines prompt wave of market exuberance  | Financial Times

Belgium/RussiaDealing with Russia: Towards a coherent Belgian policy, Alexander Mattelaer and Laura Vansina (eds.), Egmont Institute

Inequality/Economy – COVID-10 has widened the income gap in Europe, Zsolt Darvas. Bruegel 

Russia/Turkey – Best Frenemies, Anton Mardasov, Kirill Semyonov, Riddle

Brexit/VaccineOf Brexit and Vaccines  Tom McTague, The Atlantic

Vaccine – The Geopolitics of Vaccine Distribution  Alex Berezow, Geopolitical Futures

US Alliances First: How to Reshape Global Order  Ash Jain & Alex Pascal, National Interest

IndiaIndia’s Angry Farmers Have Reason to Worry  Mihir Sharma, Bloomberg

           

Azra_Files : Your Wednesday Briefing

À force de ne jamais réfléchir, on a un bonheur stupide.

Jean Cocteau

Good morning

Here’s what you need to know today

Russia/Japan/ Russia deploys advanced S-300 missiles to disputed islands near Japan | Reuters

Russia/ Moldova/  Moscow Says Call To Leave Moldovan Breakaway Region ‘Irresponsible’ | Barron’s

EU/US – A new transatlantic bargain: An action plan for transformation, not restoration, Julien Barnes-Dacey, et al., European Council on Foreign Relations

China / Australia/ The World in a Vise: Sounding the Alarm on China, Then Running for Shelter By Damien Cave | The New York Times

NATO/China/ NATO should expand its focus to include China, a high-level assessment of the alliance’s future says | The Wall Street Journal

NATO – NATO 2030: United for a New Era. Analysis and recommendations of the Reflection Group appointed by the NATO Secretary General | NATO 

Technology/China/US – The Great 5G Race: Is China Really Beating the United States? Doug Brake and Alexandra Bruer, ITIF 

US/Asia-Pacific/Trade – Rebuild the Trans-Pacific partnership back better, Jeffrey J. Schott, PIIE   

EU/Security – CFSP: The capability-expectation gap revisited, Annegret Bendiek, Minna Ålander, and Paul Bochtler, SWP 

NATO/Europe/ The role of NATO for Europe’s defense Status and options for further development from a German perspective, by Claudia Major | SWP  https://www.swp-berlin.org/publikation/die-rolle-der-nato-fuer-europas-verteidigung PDF 📥 : https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/studien/2019S25_mjr_Web.pdf

EU – Still governing in the shadows? Member states and the Political & Security Committee in the post‐Lisbon EU foreign policy architecture Journal of Common Market Studies 

Europe/China – Europe wakes up to the China challenge, Lionel Barber, Nikkei Asia  

Digital/Europe – How nine digital frontrunners can lead on AI in Europe, McKinsey 

Digital/US/EU – EU-US Cybersecurity Policy Coming Together: Recommendations for instruments to accomplish joint strategic goals, Julia Schuetze, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung 

Disinformation – Tackling online abuse and disinformation targeting women in politics, Lucina Di Meco and Saskia Brechenmacher, Carnegie Endowment   

The Next Liberal Order The Age of Contagion Demands More Internationalism, Not Less By G. John Ikenberry | Foreign Affairs

Syria/ Air strike kills IRGC commander at Iraq-Syria border – Iraqi officials By Reuters Staff

Middle East/Yemen/ The Houthis and misuse of the terrorist organization list | Responsible Statecraft

Middle East/ Yemen/ UN: 11 children killed in 2 attacks in Yemen By AHMED AL-HAJ The Associated Press @AP

Azra_Files : Your Monday Briefing Nov. 30, 2020

« The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open »

Gunter Grass

Here’s what you need to know today

#BidenTransition/ Biden hires all-female senior communications team, names Neera Tanden director of OMB ( Office of Management and Budget) | The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-hires-all-female-senior-communications-team/2020/11/29/5b60b58e-3277-11eb-a997-1f4c53d2a747_story.html

#BidenTransition/ Biden Appointee Neera Tanden Spread the Conspiracy That Russian Hackers Changed Hillary’s 2016 Votes to Trump – How can Democrats and allied media outlets credibly oppose unhinged conspiracy theories and attacks on U.S. election legitimacy while empowering its worst purveyors? | Glenn Greenwald https://greenwald.substack.com/p/biden-appointee-neera-tanden-spread

#MohsenFakhrizadeh/ Overview: nuclear scientists as assassination targets, By William Tobey – Bulletin Atomic https://thebulletin.org/premium/2020-11/overview-nuclear-scientists-as-assassination-targets/

#EU🇪🇺/#China🇨🇳/ EU proposes fresh alliance with #UnitedStates🇺🇸 in face of China challenge | Financial Times https://www.ft.com/content/e8e5cf90-7448-459e-8b9f-6f34f03ab77a

#China🇨🇳/#BRI/#Laos🇱🇦/ A Border Town’s Second Gamble – The First Stop in Laos on the New Railway from China, Boten Prepares for New Connections, by Ore Huiying & Wan Man, ChinaFile https://shar.es/aoWy3r

#China🇨🇳/#Europe🇪🇺/ #17plus1/#5G/ China in Europe and Transatlantic Security, by Andrew Michta, ICDS https://bit.ly/36hJDrX
PDF 📥 https://icds.ee/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/ICDS-EFPI-Brief_China-in-Europe-and-Transatlantic-Security_Andrew-A-Michta_November-2020.pdf

#UnitedStates🇺🇸/#Iran🇮🇷/#irannucleardeal/#JCPoA/ Brazen Killings Expose Iran’s Vulnerabilities as It Struggles to Respond, By David D. Kirkpatrick, Ronen Bergman and Farnaz Fassihi | The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/28/world/middleeast/iran-assassinations-nuclear-israel.html

#UnitedStates🇺🇸/#Iran🇮🇷/#irannucleardeal/#JCPoA/ Machine guns and a hit squad: the killing of Iran’s nuclear mastermind | Financial Times https://www.ft.com/content/a2fade69-3b03-4d0f-9fd3-1641ae1fddb1

#UnitedStates🇺🇸/#Iran🇮🇷/#irannucleardeal/#JCPoA/ Assassination in Iran Could Limit Biden’s Options. Was That the Goal? By David E. Sanger | The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/28/world/middleeast/israel-iran-nuclear-deal.html

Kushner heading to Saudi Arabia and Qatar amid tensions over Iranian scientist killing  | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/29/jared-kushner-saudi-arabia-qatar-tensions-iranian-scientist-killing

#Libya🇱🇾/ Exploring Armed Groups in Libya: Perspectives on SSR in a Hybrid Environment | DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance https://www.dcaf.ch/exploring-armed-groups-libya-perspectives-ssr-hybrid-environment PDF 📥 https://www.dcaf.ch/sites/default/files/publications/documents/ExploringArmedGroupsinLibya.pdf

#EU🇪🇺/#defense/#socialmedia/ Social media disinformation disrupts EU missions worldwide, by Brooks Tigner | Janes https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/social-media-disinformation-disrupts-eu-missions-worldwide

Azra_Files : Nov. 27, 2020 – Here’s what you need to know

Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, The Biden Transition, Technology, Democracy, Press Freedom, Books📚 : Your Friday Briefing, By Azra Isakovic

#Books📚/ “Living in Troubled Times” by Thierry de Montbrial , Executive chairman and founder of IFRI_ | World Scientific https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/11147

#Books📚/ Education & Development in Colonial & Postcolonial Africa. Policies, Paradigms, & Entanglements, 1890s–1980s by Damiano Matasci, Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, Hugo Gonçalves Dores eds Palgrave Macmillan coll. « Global Histories of Education » #openaccess  http://sfhom.com/spip.php?article3673

#Books📚/ Repenser la « mission civilisatrice ». L’éducation dans le monde colonial et postcolonial au XXe siècle, par Damiano Matasci, Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, Hugo Gonçalves Dores eds aux Presses Universitaires de Rennes @pureditions coll. « Histoire » #Livres 📚 http://sfhom.com/spip.php?article3672

#Technology/#Democracy/ Demanding Silicon Valley Suppress “Hyper-Partisan Sites” in Favor of “Mainstream News” (The NYT) is a Fraud, by Glenn Greenwald https://greenwald.substack.com/p/demanding-silicon-valley-suppress

#VIDÉO 🎥/ #Technology/#Democracy/ Interview with Edward Snowden (@Snowden) on Silicon Valley Censorship, Biden, and Lurking Press Freedom Dangers, by Glenn Greenwald https://greenwald.substack.com/p/video-interview-with-edward-snowden

#Europe🇪🇺/#France🇫🇷/#PressFreedom/ Video of Police Beating Black Man in Paris Fuels Debate on Filming Officers https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/26/world/europe/Paris-police-beating-video.html

#Europe🇪🇺/#France🇫🇷/#PressFreedom/ Emmanuel Macron’s illiberal plan to protect the French police | Financial Times https://www.ft.com/content/17e7122b-c127-4996-a4ab-c399d05f242a?list=intlhomepage

#Nexit/ New Dutch ‘Nexit’ party threatens Rutte – Forum for Democracy is among the groups hoping to make a splash in regional vote, by Mehreen Khan | Financial Times https://www.ft.com/content/98f94164-2cca-11e8-a34a-7e7563b0b0f4

#Europe🇪🇺/#Bosnia&Herzegovina🇧🇦/#Dayton How to Free Bosnia From Dayton’s Paralyzing Grip  Majda Ruge, ECFR https://ecfr.eu/publication/how-europe-and-the-us-can-take-bosnia-beyond-dayton-25-years-later/

#VIDÉO 🎥/#Libya🇱🇾/ Moment German Commandos Intercept & Raid Turkish Ship Bound For Libya | @zerohedge https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/watch-moment-german-commandos-intercept-raid-turkish-ship-bound-libya

#Chine🇨🇳/ Why the Quad Should Focus on a Strategy to Contain China  James Holmes, TNI