Your Friday Briefing

“You can do everything with bayonets, but you are not able to sit on them”
Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, April 30, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

Imperialism – The Enduring Legacy of Kwame Nkrumah, An interview with William Shoki, Benjamin Talton, Anakwa Dwamena | Tribune

Books

France/Afrique – Le piège africain de Macron, Antoine Glaser, Pascal Airault | Fayard
Review – The influence of the Soviet economic model and the lessons for China  Branko Milanovic | Global inequality
Review – Kubrick’s Human Comedy, Andrew Delbanco | The New York Review of Books

Must-Reads

US – Biden’s 100-day strategy: Under-promise and over-deliver, Elaine Kamarck | Brookings
US – The Biden 100-Day Progress Report | Foreign Policy
US/Germany – Joe Biden’s 100 Days of Solitude: How Germany is botching the transatlantic restart with the new US administration, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff and Andrea Rotter | IPQ
Egypt – Is History Coming for Sisi’s Regime?  Robert Kaplan | Foreign Policy
India – India’s ‘Scenes From Dante’s Inferno’  Zarir Udwadia | Financial Times
China – The Hidden Weakness of China’s Military  Steve Sacks | The Diplomat
US/China – How to Fight a Maritime War Against China  James Holmes | 1945
India – India’s Covid Tsunami  Shashi Tharoor | Project Syndicate
China – China Grows Military Education Diplomacy in Cen. Asia  Erica Marat | PONARS
US/Taiwan/China – Washington Avoids Tough Questions on Taiwan and China  Charles Glaser | FA
Germany/Climate – ‘Historic’ German ruling says climate goals not tough enough, Kate Connolly | The Guardian
EU/China – The Belt and Road Initiative: Forcing Europe to Reckon with China? Jennifer Hillman and Alex Tippett | Council on Foreign Relations

Research & Analysis

Arms Control – The Future of Strategic Arms Control, Rebecca Lissner | Council on Foreign Relation
Digital/Security – Quantifying Risk: Innovative Approaches to Cybersecurity, Adam Bobrow | GMF
Health/Global – Pandemic preparedness and response: Beyond the WHO’s Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, Kaushik Basu, Lawrence Gostin and Nicole Hassoun | Brookings
EU – The EU’s arms control challenge, Clara Portela | EUISS

Podcast

100 premiers jours de Biden – Joe Biden, le révolutionnaire qu’on n’attendait pas | L’Heure du Monde

Your Thursday Briefing

There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
William Halsey


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Good afternoon

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Review – Portrait of the philosopher as a young man, by Branko Milanovic | Global inequality

Books

Biography – “Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society”  Michael Heinrich | Monthly Review
Recension/Histoire – Histoires d’Algérie par Étienne Augris | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

US/EU – A Transatlantic Tally, Katharina Emschermann | Internationale Politik Quarterly
Global – Strengthening the G-20 in an era of great power geopolitical competition, Colin I. Bradford | Brookings
UK – Can the UK be secure if Europe is not? The UK’s (un)Integrated Review, Ian Bond | Centre for European Reform
US/Corruption – Corruption Is a National Security Threat. The CROOK Act Is a Smart Way to Fight It. Senator Roger F. Wicker and Senator Ben Cardin | Just Security
Western Balkans  – The Balkans’ demons of ethno-nationalism, Ralf Melzer | IPS
China/Russia/Turkey – Relegating the “Russia Problem” to Turkey, Emil Avdaliani |  CEPA
Russia/India – Putin pledges medical aid to India in phone call with Modi | China Xinhua News
Climate change: What has Biden promised to do? And is it enough? Oliver Milman | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Secret agreements: How Frontex is helping to drag migrants back to Libyan torture camps | DER SPIEGEL
Biden’s First 100 Days – Has Biden Repaired Trust with the EU? Rosa Balfour | Carnegie Endowment
Biden’s First 100 Days – Has Biden Made the Right Calculation on Russia? Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Endowment

Research & Analysis

EU – Strategic autonomy and the transformation of the EU: New agendas for security, diplomacy, trade and technology, Niklas Helwig et al. | Finnish Institute of International Affairs
China/Russia/Central and Eastern Europe – Partnership Without Substance: Sino-Russian Relations in Central and Eastern Europe, Bobo Lo and Edward Lucas | CEPA

Podcasts

Visioconférence – Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer, Ministre allemande de la Défense, 20 avril 2021 | Ifri/ Fondation Konrad-Adenauer

Your Wednesday Briefing

« A generation which ignores history has no past and no future. »
Robert Heinlein


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Featured

US – Why Joe Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal doesn’t mark the end of America’s “forever war” Samuel Moyn | New Statesman World

Books

Philanthropie – Philanthropes en démocratie par Anne Monier | Puf/Vie des idées
Life – A Day in the Life of Abed Salama, Nathan Thrall | The New York Review of Books
Médias –  L’Information est un bien public Julia Cagé, Benoît Huet | Editions du Seuil

Must-Reads

Human Rights – Rights Group Hits Israel With Explosive Charge: Apartheid, Patrick Kingsley | The New York Times
Human Rights – Abusive Israeli Policies Constitute Crimes of Apartheid | Human Rights Watch
Médias –  « L’information est un bien public » : le plan de bataille pour la probité et la liberté des médias, par Aude Dassonville | Le Monde
EU/Technology – The EU path towards regulation on artificial intelligence, Valeria Marcia and Kevin C. Desouza | Brookings
UK – Moving Past the Troubles: The Future of Northern Ireland Peace, Charles Landow and James McBride | CFR
India – India’s Catastrophe: Illness, Everywhere  Jeffrey Gettleman | New York Times
Russia – The Urgent Need for Improved Cyber Defense  Paul Kolbe | Russia Matters
China/US – China Is Wrong About U.S. Decline  Martin Wolf | Financial Times
Russia/ Czech Republic – Russian State Terrorism Has Triggered the Biggest Fallout with the Czech Republic since 1989, Adéla Klečková | GMF
EU/Defence – Charting a new course: How Poland can contribute to European defence Karolina Muti | ECFR
China/Taiwan – Could China Blockade Taiwan?  Simon Leitch | National Interest
China/US – Four Ways a China-U.S. War at Sea Could Play Out  James Stavridis | Bloomberg
US/Biden – Biden’s Philosophy of “As If” | Bruno Maçães
US/Biden – Biden’s Dreampolitik at Home and Abroad, Bruno Maçães | American Affairs Journal | American Affairs

Research & Analysis

Corruption/Europe – How to fight corruption and uphold the rule of law, Carmino Mortera-Martinez | Centre for European Reform/Open Society Institute
Israel – “A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution,” | Human Rights Watch
UK/EU/Germany – Germany, the EU and Global Britain: So Near, Yet So Far: How to Link “Global Britain” to European Foreign and Security Policy, Claudia Major and Nicolai von Ondarza | SWP

Podcasts

Climate – How Radical Is President Joe Biden On Climate? Aaron Bastani & Adam Tooze | Downstream

Your Tuesday Briefing

« We are not makers of history. We are made by history. »
Martin Luther King, Jr.


By Azra Isakovic

 Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Featured

US Foreign Policy –  Understanding the Kennan Consensus Robert Kaplan | National Interest

Books

War in Abkhazia – Mobilizing in Uncertainty – Collective Identities and War in Abkhazia, by Anastasia Shesterinina | Cornell Press
Slavic Studies –  Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000–1900, Edited by Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec  | Cornell Press
À propos de : Paul Chauvin, L’obligation militaire sous l’Ancien Régime | Institut Universitaire Varenne, par Sümbül Kaya | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

Germany – Angela Merkel Has Been in Power for 15 Years. What Comes Next? Anna Sauerbrey | The New York Times
EU/Technology – EU outlines wide-ranging AI regulation, but leaves the door open for police surveillance, James Vincent | The Verge
US/Japan – Defense Ties With Japan, U.S. Needed  Yao Chung-yuan | Taipei Times
China/Taiwan – China’s Pineapple Ban Shows Taiwan’s Vulnerability Shang-su Wu | EA Forum
US/China – Without Trade Strategy, There’s No Winning Against China  F. Kempe | AC
US – Joe Biden’s First 100 Days Reshaped America, Jonathan Chait | New York Magazine
Ukraine – Ukraine is an intractable problem, made worse by a lack of strategy, Iulia Joja | The Hill
Climate/US/Europe – New US climate strategy opens up old faultlines with Europe, Mehreen Khan, Leslie Hook, Victor Mallet and Katrina Manson | Financial Times
Nuclear Secrecy – Alex Wellerstein pulls back the curtain on nuclear secrecy Dr. Susan D’Agostino | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists  


Research & Analysis

US/EU/Afghanistan – A transatlantic charter on Afghan sovereignty, security, and development, Shaharzad Akbar, Madeleine Albright and Federica Mogherini, et al. | Atlantic Council
Libya – Libya’s Flawed Unity Government, Wolfram Lacher | SWP Berlin
EU/India – India: An Ambivalent Partner for the West, Christian Wagner, Jana Lemke | SWP Berlin
Europe/Technology – Europe’s Capacity to Act in the Global Tech Race, Kaan Sahin and Tyson Barker | DGAP

Podcasts

Tchad – Mort d’Idriss Déby : une perte stratégique pour la France avc Alain Antil | RTL France
Global Security Briefing – Germany and the Future of European Security | RUSI

Your Monday Briefing

To join in the industrial revolution, you needed to open a factory; in the Internet revolution, you need to open a laptop.
Alexis Ohanian


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, April 26, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Featured

Neoliberalism –The politics of welfare Lois McNay, 2021 | SAGE Journals

Books

20 Years Later: 9/11 Anniversary Books By Liz Scheier | Publishers Weekly
The Things We Carry: 9/11 Anniversary Books, by Liz Scheier | Publishers Weekly
Climate – Overheated – How Capitalism Broke the Planet–And How We Fight Back, by Kate Aronoff @KateAronoff | Bold Type Books

Must-Reads

Germany/Russia – Germany’s Heiko Maas opposes tougher Russia sanctions | DW News
US/India – The case for US cooperation with India on a just transition away from coal | Brookings
US/China – China’s surprising drone sales in the Middle East, By: Bradley Bowman, Maj. Jared Thompson, and Ryan Brobst | Defense News
Hong Kong – ‘I Stand the Law’s Good Servant, but the People’s First’ | China File
Japan/Indo-Pacific –  Japan’s Indo-Pacific Moment, Elliot Waldman | World Politics
Chad – Chad facing hard choices as anxious allies ill-prepared | Chatham House
A glimpse of the future: The Ever Given and the weaponisation of choke-points, Filip Medunic | ECFR
Conservatism – The Two Crises of Conservatism, Ross Douthat | New York Times Opinion

Research & Analysis

Middle East – Steps to enable a Middle East regional security process, Sanam Vakil, Neil Quilliam | Chatham House
Taiwan – Can Taiwan have security & the good life? | Brookings
Energy – Global Energy Review 2021 | IEA

Podcasts

Les Enjeux internationaux – Joe Biden reconnaît le génocide arménien : comment peut réagir la Turquie ? par Julie Gacon | France Culture

Your Thursday Briefing

A society without dreams is a society without a future.
Carl Gustav Jung


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Green Energy – America’s race to net zero, Adam Tooze | New Statesman

Books

US/History – Ages of American Capitalism, Jon Levy | Penguin Random House
Review – Ages of American Capitalism | Eric Primm
À propos de : Karen Akoka, L’asile et l’exil. Une histoire de la distinction réfugiés/migrants, La Découverte, par Annalisa Lendaro | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

India/Covid19 – ‘The system has collapsed’: India’s descent into Covid hell, Hannah Ellis-Petersen | The Guardian
Vaccine – How the Pandemic Changed Europe, Isaac Chotiner & Adam Tooze | The New Yorker
ECB – Hawks press ECB to scale back bond buying despite rising Covid wave Martin Arnold | Financial Times
Ukraine – Prepare for the Worst, András Rácz | DGAP
Ukraine/Russia – Russia, Ukraine and the West: Déjà vu all over again, Ian Bond | Encompass
Russia/Ukraine – Why Russia Is Escalating in Ukraine  Andreas Umland | National Interest
Interventionism – Is Liberal Interventionism Dead?  Sholto Byrnes | The National
Angela Merkel – The Merkel Model and Its Limits  Constanze Stelzenmüller | Foreign Affairs
US/Japan – The U.S.-Japan Summit: Uneventful and Indecisive  June Teufel Dreyer | FPRI
Germany – Germany’s corruption scandals: How to limit authoritarian influence in the EU, Gustav Gressel and Majda Ruge, | ECFR
Ukraine/Turkey – Ukraine-Turkey Cooperation Has Its Limits  Dimitar Bechev | Al Jazeera
Biden/Tax Havens – Biden’s War on Tax Havens Could Pinch Europe  David Böcking et al | Der Spiegel
US – How Joe Biden is reshaping America’s global role | The Economist
US/Digital – America’s Place in Cyberspace: The Biden Administration’s Cyber Strategy Takes Shape, David P. Fidler | CFR
Economy/Technology – The digital revolution is eating its young, Mark Esposito, Landry Signé, and Nicholas Davis | Brookings
Neoliberalism – Are Intellectual Property Rights Neoliberal? Yes and No, by Quinn Slobodian | ProMarket

Research & Analysis

Economy/Global – Global Goliaths: Multinational Corporations in the 21st Century Economy, C. Fritz Foley, James R. Hines Jr. and David Wessel | Brookings
Global Trade – East Asian Forum Quarterly: Reinventing global trade | Hinrich Foundation
Freedom – 2021 World Press Freedom Index | Reporters Without Borders
Europe/Climate – Europe’s green moment: How to meet the climate challenge, Susi Dennison, Rafael Loss and Jenny Söderström | ECFR
American Foreign Policy – Do External Threats Unite or Divide? Rachel Myrick | Cambridge Core

Podcasts

Ukraine – « Zelenskyy’s foreign policy: One year in » | Atlantic Council

Your Tuesday Briefing

There are two equalizers in life: the Internet and education. – John T. Chambers


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 23

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Featured

Essays – Geopolitics of a pandemic, by Helen Thompson | Engelsberg Ideas
Decarbonisation – Realism & Net-Zero: The EU Case Adam Tooze | Chartbook Newsletter #17


Books

About: Unsustainable Inequalities, by Adam Tooze | Dissent Magazine
Review – A Study of Edward Said, One of the Most Interesting Men of His Time, by Dwight Garner | New York Times Books
Clan/Power/UAE –  Reinventing the Sheikhdom, by Matthew Hedges | Hurst Publishers
Study – Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said, By Timothy Brennan | Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Must-Reads

Decarbonisation – Europe’s decarbonisation challenge, by Adam Tooze | Social Europe
EU/China – China’s sanctions over EU officials and entities are justified | Global Times
EU/China – EU-China deal spells trouble for Macron at home, by Giorgio Leali | POLITICO Europe
US/France/Sahel – How France and the US can work to stabilise the Sahel | ECFR
UK – Britain’s global pipe dream | ECFR
Economy – The American Rescue Plan as Economic Theory, J. W. Mason | Brave New Europe
China/Thailand – Plan to establish joint MRO facility, by Jon Grevatt | Janes
Digital – Google chante le requiem pour les cookies, mais le grand chœur du pistage résonnera encore | Framasoft
Biden Administration – The Fury of a Superpower in Decline  Graham Fuller | Responsible Statecraft

Research & Analysis

Arms Transfers – Trends in international arms transfers, 2020 | SIPRI
US/Europe/China – The China Plan: A Transatlantic Blueprint, Hans Binnendijk and Sarah Kirchberger | Atlantic Council
US/Turkey/SecurityA Dual Framework for the Turkey-U.S. Security Relationship, Şaban Kardaş and Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı, | German Marshall Fund  [PDF]

Podcasts

Climate –The Tragic Choices of Climate Change | Talking Politics | Acast

Decarbonisation –La neutralité carbone, c’est quoi | Ausha

Your Tuesday Briefing

“The common vice of democracy is disregard for morality.” Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 09

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

À propos de : Par-delà les frontières du corps, Silvia Federici, | Éditions du remue-ménage
Ideas – The Women Who Changed war Reporting  George Packer, The Atlantic

Must-Reads

US – Responsible Statecraft Requires Remaking America’s Foreign Relations Tool Kit, Gordon Adams | Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
US – The Chimera of Globalist Empire  Andrew Michta, National Review
Nuclear – Armenia’s nuclear power plant is dangerous By Brenda Shaffer | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
US/Defense – Abandon Old Assumptions About Defense Spending  Robert Levinson, WOTR
Taiwan – The West Needs a More Collaborative Approach to Taiwan  Michael Mazza, AEI
Vaccines – Is Choice Always Worth the Anxiety? | Zeynep Tufekci
Myanmar – Myanmar’s Month-Long ‘Phony War’ Is Over  Bill Hayton, Chatham House
Europe/Russia – Away From Europe! Igor Torbakov | Utrikesmagasinet
China/Decoupling – Pharma groups spend billions to tap into booming China healthcare, Mercedes Ruehl and Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times

Research & Analysis

Etudes Ifri – Cyber-influence : les nouveaux enjeux de la lutte informationnelle, par Elie Tenenbaum et Laure de Rochegonde | Ifri 📥 [PDF]
Nato – Containing NATO’s Mediterranean crisis, by Luigi Scazzieri | CER [PDF]

Podcasts

Enjeux internationaux – Le plan de relance américain, par Julie Gacon et Marie-Cécile Naves | 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 Tuesday Briefing

“Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited.”

Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

February 02, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

À propos de : Comment perdre une guerre, Élie Baranets | CNRS Ed, par T Delamare | La Vie des idées


Surveillance Capitalism – The Coup We Are Not Talking About  Shoshana Zuboff | The New York Times
Review – Napoleon & De Gaulle: Heroes and History, by Daniel J. Mahoney | City Journal
About: Le dossier sauvage, Philippe Artières | Gallimard, by Jean-Baptiste Vuillerod | Books & Ideas

Must-Reads

US/China – How We Lose against China | National Review
US – What those mourning the fragility of American democracy get wrong, Alasdair S. Roberts, The Conversation
US – Joe Biden’s ‘Buy American’ isn’t bad, it’s necessary, Rana Foroohar, Financial Times
US/Europe – Transatlantic relations for the Biden era and beyond, Ian Bond, Centre for European Reform
US/Turkey – A path for Joe Biden to reset US relations with Turkey, Sinan Ulgen, Financial Times
EU/Digital – Europe’s digital economy needs analogue wings to fly, Martin Sandbu, Financial Times
Draw Red Lines and Focus on Xi  Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council
Taiwan – Taiwan as an Economic Fortress  Huang Tien-lin, Taipei Times
Xi Tells the World What He Really Wants  Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy
Biden’s Nightmare May Be China  Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
Von Der Leyen’s Trail of Disaster  Matthew Lynn, Spectator
Vaccine – Why the European Commission Failed the Vaccine Challenge  G. Rachman, FT
UK/China – The U.K.’s Incoherent China Strategy  David Green, World Politics Review
Myanmar’s Coup – Myanmar’s Coup Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone Salil Tripathi, Foreign Policy
Myanmar’s Coup – Burma’s Coup: What to Watch For  Michael Auslin, National Review
Myanmar’s Coup – A Hero or a Foil? Myanmar’s Leader Ends Up as Neither  Hannah Beech, NYT

Research & Analysis

Environment – The Green Future Index | MIT Technology Review
Nuclear/Europe – Nuclear deterrence in Europe: points of convergence, singularities and prospects for cooperation, Emmanuelle Maitre | FRS
US/China – Inflicting Surprise: Gaining Competitive Advantage in Great Power Conflicts | CSIS
Turkey/Europe – Charting a Way out of Deadlock in Eastern Mediterranean  Galip Dalay, Brookings
UK/US – A Washington Strategy for British Diplomacy  Ben Judah, Policy Exchange

Podcasts

Inégalités – L’invention du bon et du mauvais pauvre Xavier Mauduit | France Culture