Your Thursday Briefing

« A paranoid man is a man who knows a little about what’s going on. » William S. Burroughs


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday April 1, 2021

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Featured


COVID-19/Vaccine –Here’s how to get billions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world Chad P. Bown & Thomas J. Bollyky | Peterson Institute

Books

Ayn Rand – I Have Come to Bury Ayn Rand  David Sloan Wilson | Nautilus
Review –  Investing With Keynes  Philip Delves Broughton | The Wall Street Journal

Must-Reads

France –Macron Returns France to Lockdown as Vaccinations Lag, by Norimitsu Onishi and Constant Méheut | The New York Time
France/Defense – The French armed forces are planning for high-intensity war | The Economist
Germany/Health ‘We are a laughing stock’: Covid-19 and Germany’s political malaise, Guy Chazan | Financial Times
Suez – On the Suez Canal and Chokepoints  George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
US/Army – U.S. Army Goes to School on Nagorno-Karabakh  Jack Detsch | Foreign Policy
India – India Has a Stake in Myanmar  Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Indian Express
Cyberworld Order – Russia and China Try to Rewrite the Cyberworld Order  David Ignatius | WaPo
Russia/Italy – Russian Spy Case Escalates in Italy  | RFERL
Pakistan/India – Another Tactical Thaw in Pakistan-India Relations  Aryaman Bhatnagar |  WPR
China/EU – China’s New Bogeyman: Europe  Stuart Lau | Politico EU
US – The U.S. Cannot Be Choosy About Its Allies  Janan Ganesh | Financial Times
US/MBS – A Wiser U.S. Check on MBS’s Power  F. Gregory Gause III | Foreign Affairs
EU/Trade – Europe and the Prospects for WTO Reform, Jennifer Hillman and Alex Tippett | CFR
US –Biden unveils $2tn infrastructure plan and big corporate tax rise, James Politi | Financial Times

Research & Analysis

Disinformation – Critical Disinformation Studies | unc_citap
Europe/Deterrence – Europe’s Evolving Deterrence Discourse, Amelia Morgan and Anna Peczeli, eds. | LLNL /King’s College/SAIC
EU – The power surplus, Ignacio Garcia Bercero and Kalypso Nicolaidis | CEPS
UK/Digital – Why The Government’s Integrated Defence Review Risks Sounding Like “Cyber-Rattling”, Ciaran Martin | Prospect/forum.eu

Podcasts

Enjeux InternationauxLe Sri Lanka, théâtre de la rivalité Inde/Chine, Julie Gacon et Raphaëlle Khan | France Culture

France/Defense – The French armed forces are planning for high-intensity war | The Economist

Atlas Hugged – David Sloan Wilson talks about his new book | Simpol

Your Thursday Briefing

Why be a man when you can be a success?
Bertolt Brecht


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 25

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Featured

Liberalism –An excerpt from Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist by Alexander Zevin, | Verso Books

Books

Populism –Technopopulism – The New Logic of Democratic Politics, by Christopher J. Bickerton and Carlo Invernizzi Accetti | Oxford Academic
Liberalism – Liberalism at Large – The World According to the Economist, by Alexander Zevin  | Verso Books
Essay –Was 1925 Literary Modernism’s Most Important Year? By Ben Libman | New York Times Books

Must-Reads

China/Trade – How much will China grow as an export market? Stewart Paterson | Hinrich Foundation
Global – A Grand Strategy of Democratic Solidarity, Hal Brands and Charles Edel | The Washington Quarterly
Deterrence – Democratic Deterrence: How to Dissuade Hybrid Interference, Mikael Wigell | The Washington Quarterly
NATO – Revitalizing Transatlantic Relations: NATO 2030 and Beyond, Sara Bjerg Moller and Sten Rynning | The Washington Quarterly
US/China – China’s Belt and Road: Implications for the United States, Jacob J. Lew, Gary Roughead, Jennifer Hillman and David Sacks | CFR
UK/EU – Global Britain Lays out Its Stall, but EU Missing in Action, Robin Niblett | Chatham House
US/EU – Ready, set, go: Emerging areas of EU-US cooperation | AmCham EU
US/Digital – Recommendations to the Biden Administration On Regulating Disinformation and Other Harmful Content on Social Media, Caroline Atkinson, et al. | Harvard Kennedy School/NYU Stern School
Western Balkans/EU – The Plight of the Western Balkans Is a Wake-up Call for Europe, Vedran Džihić and Paul Schmidt | IAI
China/US/EU – China’s hardline turn lifts chances of deeper EU-US alliance, Stuart Lau, Rym Momtaz and Jakob Hanke Vela | Politico
Russia – Fallacies and Failures in the Western Perception of Russia, Lilia Shevtsova | Robert Bosch Academy

Research & Analysis

Economy – The Transatlantic Economy 2021, Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph P. Quinlan, Wilson Center/JHU/U.S. Chamber of Commerce/AmCham EU [PDF]
EU-Turkey – Customs Union: Old Instrument, New Function in EU-Turkey Relations | CATS Network [PDF]
Russia/Turkey – Turkish-Russian Adversarial Collaboration in Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh, Güney Yildiz | SWP Berlin [PDF]
EU – The Role of Differentiation in EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policy Cooperation with Neighbouring Countries, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Ian Bond and Luigi Scazzieri | IAI
US/Digital – Online Hate and Harassment: The American Experience 2021 | Anti-Defamation League

Podcasts

Talking Politics – Technopopulism | Acast

Your Friday Briefing

We should establish a chair for the teaching of reading between the lines.
Leon Bloy


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 19

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Health – The Next Shift : The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America, Gabriel Winant | Harvard University Press
Philosophy – In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy, by Katrina Forrester | Princeton University Press

Must-Reads

Health – The Rise of Healthcare in Steel City, Gabriel Winant | Dissent Magazine
Health/EU – Has the EU Lost Its Mind? Peter Franklin | UnHerd
Nuclear Risk – An existential discussion: What is the probability of nuclear war? By Martin E. Hellman, Vinton G. Cerf | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Vaccination –The Elephant In the Room: Herd Immunity via Tragedy | Zeynep Tufekci
US/Libya – The Libya Allergy, Colum Lynch | Foreign Policy
Mali conflict – ‘It’s not about jihad or Islam, but justice’ Patricia Huon | The Guardian
Europe – Is Denmark creating an inverted-Apartheid? Peter Franklin | UnHerd
US/Strategy – Humility in American Grand Strategy  Mathew Burrows & Robert Manning | WOTR
US/Africa – Understanding the New U.S. Terrorism Designations in Africa  | Crisis Group
Vaccine – Vaccine Suspense: Why Some Countries Are So Cautious  P. Treble | Maclean’s
Germany – Merkel’s CDU Mired in Scandal, Incompetence  Melanie Amann et al | Der Spiegel

Research & Analysis

Germany/US/China – Germany Between a Rock and a Hard Place in China-US Competition, Markus Jaeger | DGAP
US/EU/Technology – What’s Ahead for a Cooperative Regulatory Agenda on Artificial Intelligence? Meredith Broadbent | CSIS
US/Extremism – Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021 | Office of the Director of National Intelligence
EU/CounterterrorismThe Next Steps for EU Counterterrorism Policy, Raphael Bossong | SWP

Podcasts

Commune de Paris – Les damnés de la Commune, Raphaël Meyssan | ARTE
Histoire – Debout les damnés de la terre, destins de communards, par Xavier Mauduit | France Culture

Commune de ParisDernière révolution avant la République (4/4), par Perrine Kervran | France Culture

Commune de Paris – Les damnés de la Commune, Raphaël Meyssan | ARTE

Your Thursday Briefing

What we need is to use what we have. – Susan Sontag


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 25

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Books

France – À la ligne de Joseph Ponthus | Editions Table Ronde
France – La guerre des mots par Nicolas Framont, Selim Derkaoui, Antoine Glorieux | éditions le passager clandestin
US/China – The Great Decoupling by Nigel Inkster | Hurst Publishers

Must-Reads

EU – Chartbook Newsletter #13  by Adam Tooze
Khashoggi report – Biden set to call Saudi king, by HansNichols | Axios
Russia/Turkey – The biggest geopolitical shake-ups since the end of the cold war | The Economist
BigTech – Facebook and Australia both claim victory | The Economist
Capitalisme – Ce que le règne de McKinsey et des cabinets de conseil nous dit, par Nicolas Framont | Frustration magazine
US – ‘Great Power Competition’ is a Dangerously Simple Frame, C. Anthony Pfaff | Defense One
US/Defense/Europe/Africa – US to push troop synchronisation between Europe and Africa commands, Alexandra Brzozowski | Euractiv
Europe/China – China Faces European Obstacles as Some Countries Heed U.S. Pressure, Daniel Michaels and Valentina Pop | The Wall Street Journal

Research & Analysis

Tech Future – Improving Social Media | Scribd
Europe/Defense – Collective Collapse or Resilience? European Defense Priorities in the Pandemic Era, Corentin Brustlein (ed.) | IFRI
Africa – A Post-Covid-19 Reset: The Future of Africa’s Foreign Partnerships, By Judd Devermont | CSIS

Podcasts

Joseph Ponthus : « L’usine a enlevé tout le gras de mes textes » | France Culture
Joseph Ponthus – À la ligne : feuillets d’usine  | YouTube

Your Monday Briefing

The most important political office is that of the private citizen. Louis D. Brandeis


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, February 15

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Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

À propos de : « La ville néolibérale » de Gilles Pinson | Puf
The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe, by Dylan Riley | Verso Books

Must-Reads

Why liberal democracies do not depend on truth, par Dylan Riley | NewStatesman
Pandemic – Critical Thinking isn’t Just a Process | Zeynep Tufekci
Big Tech – The EU is about to make Facebook even worse Steven Hill | International Politics & Society
Why Trump isn’t a fascist  Richard J Evans | NewStatesman 
Seth Abramson’s viral meta-journalism unreality, Lyz Lenz | CJR
Is 2021 the year of NFTs? | Bruno Maçães
When Allies Go Nuclear | ForeignAffairs
Joe Biden’s growing frustration with Europe yanks Britain out of the doghouse | The Times
Bitcoin’s rise reflects America’s decline, by Rana Foroohar | Financial Times
Covid19 – WHO: COVID-19 didn’t leak from a lab. Also WHO: Maybe it did, by Filippa Lentzos | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Covid-19 – Covid-19 pandemic: China ‘refused to give data’ to WHO team | BBC

Research & Analysis

US/Nuclear Why is America getting a new $100 billion nuclear weapon? Elisabeth Eaves | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
US/Nuclear – Nuclear Modernization under Competing Pressures | CSIS PDF
EU – Rule-bending debates in recent Finnish EU policy: Pacta sunt servanda? Saila Heinikoski | FIIA PDF
US – How America Changed During Donald Trump’s Presidency | Pew Research Center

Podcasts

TIAN – Un tigre de papier, le traité d’interdiction des armes nucléaires? | RFI





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

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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 Friday Briefing

“Progress, the religion of those who have none.”

Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, February 05

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Review – « Graveyards of Clerics. Everyday Activism in Saudi Arabia », par Pascal Ménoret | Stanford University Press, by Roman Stadnicki | La Vie des idées
Review – Has Tech Destroyed Democracy? Steven Levy | Wired

Must-Reads

US/China/EU – Macron: EU shouldn’t gang up on China with US,  Rym Momtaz | POLITICO Europe
États-Unis – Joe Biden veut renouer avec une diplomatie fondée sur les « alliances » et les « valeurs »  | Le Monde
Indo-Pacific – Can the EU and the UK Cooperate in the Indo-Pacific? | IPQ
US – Joe Biden’s Peace Force?  William Astore, TomDispatch
US/China –  Biden’s Team Faces the Ugly Facts on China  | New York Post
Myanmar –Suu Kyi Was Right About Myanmar  Luv Puri | Japan Times
Health – How to save the world from long Covid, Simon Kuper | Financial Times
Health Vaccine passports: path back to normality or problem in the making? Natalie Thomas | Reuters
Europe/Health – Europe’s Vaccine Rollout Has Descended Into Chaos, Sylvie Kauffmann | New York Times
Energy – How the race for renewable energy is reshaping global politics, Leslie Hook and Henry Sanderson – Financial Times
Digital – The Digital Transformation of SMEs | OECD
US/Europe/Defense– Europe troop withdrawal plans ‘on hold,’ top general says, Connor O’Brien | Politico
US/Eastern Europe – Biden’s Challenge: Continuing Progress in Eastern Europe Despite Russian Adventurism | Middle East Institute

Research & Analysis

China🇨🇳/Covid19- Chinese COVID-19 Misinformation A Year Later, By Elizabeth Chen | Jamestown Foundation 📥 PDF
EU/Russia – EU Strategic Autonomy in the Shadow of Geopolitical Rivalry: A View from Moscow, Sergey Utkin | FIIA
Deterrence –  Deterrence in the 21st Century: Insights from Theory and Practice,  Frans Osinga and Tim Sweijs, eds. | Hague Centre for Strategic Studies/Springer 
EU/Middle East/North Africa – The EU-MENA partnership: time for a reset, Marc Otte | Egmont 
Trade – Global Trade Today is Global Value Chains, David Henig | ECIPE

Podcasts

A conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron | Atlantic Council

Your Friday Briefing

Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader.
Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 22, 2021

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Livres – « L’extrême centre ou le poison français – 1789-2019 » de Pierre Serna | Éditions Champ Vallon
Verso Books – How Derrida and Foucault became the most misunderstood philosophers of our time, By Peter Salmon | Prospect Magazine

Revues

Revues – Insécurité collective – La Crise de multilatéralisme, Questions internationales, N° 105 Serge Sur, Sabine Jansen | La Documentation française

Must-Reads 

US – The Last Chance for American Internationalism, Hal Brands | Foreign Affairs   
US – The outlook for America looks grim, but that could quickly change, The Economist   
US/Nuclear – Proportionate Deterrence: A Model Nuclear Posture Review [ Carnegie Endowment
Europe/Health – What do vaccination passports mean for Europe?  | Wolff, Bruegel 
Turkey/Eastern Mediterranean – What Erdogan Really Wants in the Eastern Mediterranean | Foreign Policy   
Black Sea – The Black Sea…Or a Black Hole? Ben Hodges, CEPA

EU/China/Investment – The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment: One Deal, Two Realities, Didi Kirsten Tatlow, DGAP   
EU/China/US – Transatlantic Awakening: Why Europe and China are Creating a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, Valbona Zeleni and Joseph Vann, National Interest 
Eastern Partnership – The Eastern Partnership: Three dilemmas in a time of troubles, Bob Deen, Wouter Zweers, and Iris van Loon (eds.), Clingendael 
China – Beijing’s Parting Gift to Former Trump Officials  Jimmy Quinn, National Review
Russia – A Vision for Russia  Gordon Humphrey & Joe Lieberman, The Hill
US/Japan – How Biden Should Support the U.S.-Japan Alliance  Andrew Erickson, 1945

  

Research & Analysis

France/Africa – Operation Barkhane and the Future of Intervention in the Sahel, Denis M. Tull, SWP
EU – The European economic and financial system: fostering openness, strength and resilience, European Commission 
US/Climate – Choosing Wisely: How the Biden Administration can Build a Better Coalition on International Energy and Climate Policy in a Post-COVID World, David Goldwyn and Andrea Clabough, Atlantic Council