Your Monday Briefing

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.

Robert Byrne


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 18, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

#Livres 📚/#Recension – Open Democracy. Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century, Hélène Landemore,  Princeton University Press, | À la recherche d’une représentation démocratique par Éric Buge |  La Vie des idées
Books – Managing Transition: The First Post-Uprising Phase in Tunisia and Libya by Sabina Henneberg | Cambridge Core
Review of Books – The Limits of Caste Hazel V. Carby | London Review of Books
Review of Books  – Cynical Realism – Randall Kennedy on the biases of the Supreme Court | London Review of Books

Must-Reads

US – The Normalization of the Post-Sept. 11 Regime, by Stephen I. Vladeck | Tablet Magazine
Brexit – A look at Swiss politics shows that Euroskepticism is in the United Kingdom to stay, by Joseph de Weck | Foreign Policy
Europe/France/Germany – When Opposites Don’t Attract, by Joseph de Weck | Internationale Politik Quarterly
The Biden Transition – To Understand This Chaotic Transition, Rewind to the Last One | The New York Times
The Biden Transition – A Former Marine Stormed the Capitol as Part of a Far-Right Militia | The New Yorker
China/EU – Hungary Welcomes EU’s First Chinese University Campus | The Voice of America
Turkey – Erdogan’s great game: Turkey pushes into Africa with aid, trade and soaps |  Financial Times
Ideas – The Conservative Cult of Victimhood Trump was a perpetrator who thought himself a victim, and American society has indulged that same illusion among Trump supporters. David Frum | The Atlantic

Research & Analysis

#China🇨🇳/ The New Challenge of Communist Corporate Governance | CSIS  PDF 📥
EU/ROK – Consultations Resilience and Trust in Cyberspace | German Marshall Fund
Turkey🇹🇷 – Is Polarization Turkey’s Fate? By Emre Erdoğan @urbanhobbit | German Marshall Fund

Movies

Movies – The Movies That Mattered in 2020 by Anthony Lane | The New Yorker
Movies/Reviews – “Dear Comrades!” Is Andrei Konchalovsky’s Masterpiece, by Anthony Lane | The New Yorker

Your Friday Briefing

Lying is an elementary means of self-defense ~ Susan Sontag


By Azra Isakovic
Jan. 8, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to your Friday briefing

Books

Books – Underground Asia – Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire, by Tim Harper | Harvard University Press
Book Review – Deplorable, yourself, by Isaac William Martin | Books & Ideas
Book Review: White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg | LSE USAPP blog

Must-Reads

Capitol Hill – The Peril the U.S. Faces  International Crisis Group
Capitol Hill – Mike Davis, Riot on the Hill New Left Review
Capitol Hill – The storming of Capitol Hill was organized on social media by Sheera Frenkel | New York Times
Capitol Hill – Amid a transfer of power, Trump supporters break into Capitol – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Capitol Hill – Trump Told Crowd ‘You Will Never Take Back Our Country With Weakness, by Maggie Haberman | New York Times
Russia – Russia’s Northern Fleet Upgraded  Roger McDermott, Jamestown
EU – With UK Gone, Smaller Nations Fight EU Integration  William Nattrass, CapX
Biden – What’s Next for Foreign Aid Under Biden?  Kristen Cordell, Council on Foreign Relations
Israel/IranIs This the Year Israel and Iran Go to War?  Seth Frantzman, 1945
France – France a Post-Imperial Power Seeking a Role  Philip Stephens, Financial Times
Russia – Russia’s Northern Fleet Upgraded to military District Status, Roger McDermott, The Jamestown 
EU/Russia – The EU in Action: Russia, Sarah Pagung, Internationale Politik Quarterly  
EU/Middle East/North Africa –The EU in Action: The Middle East and North Africa, Florence Gaub, Internationale Politik Quarterly 
EU/Turkey – The EU in Action: Turkey, Günter Seufert, Internationale Politik Quarterly 

Research & Analysis

US/China/Russia – The Biden Transition and U.S. Competition with China and Russia: The Crisis-Driven Need to Change U.S. Strategy, Anthony H. Cordesman with the assistance of Grace Hwang, CSIS
Arctic/Nuclear – Strategic Stability and Competition in the Arctic, Rebecca Hersman, Eric Brewer, and Maxwell Simon, CSIS
China/Central and Eastern Europe – Huawei in Central and Eastern Europe: Trends and Forecast, Ivana Karásková, ed., Association for International Affairs Prague
Arctic – Climate Change and the Opening of the Transpolar Sea Route: Logistics, Governance, and Wider Geo-economic, Societal and Environmental Impacts, Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor 

Podcasts

Capitol Hill – Après l’assaut du Capitole, Donald Trump accepte enfin de quitter la Maison Blanche | France Culture

      

   


Your Monday Briefing : What you should know for Monday, December 28

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. Napoleon Bonaparte


Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Your Monday Briefing: What you should know for Monday, December 28

Vaccinations – E.U.’s Mass Vaccination Campaign Starts, With Nursing Homes as Focus by Melissa Eddy et Marc Santora | New York Times

The World in 2021 – A difficult year looms for the European Union | The Economist

The World in 2021 – The Chinese Communist Party turns 100 | The Economist

EU🇪🇺/#UK🇬🇧/ Brexit trade deal explained: the key parts of the landmark agreement  | Financial Times

EU🇪🇺/#UK🇬🇧/ EU member states begin process to approve Brexit trade deal | Financial Times

EU🇪🇺/#UK🇬🇧/ The draft EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement | European Commission

Ideas: The Triumph of Kleptocracy, by Franklin Foer | The Atlantic

The Good Son, by Franklin Foer | The Atlantic

2020 Is a Hinge of History  Hal Brands, Bloomberg

America’s History of Luck Is Running Out  Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy

The Many Questions That Follow the Brexit Agreement  Economist

Ethiopia’s War Casts a Shadow Over Sudan  Nasr Eddin al-Tayib, Worldcrunch

Foundation of a Russian Protectorate  Vladimir Socor, Jamestown

America Needs a Defense Authorization Act  James Jay Carafano, Heritage

5 Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2021  James Lindsay, Council on Foreign Relations

A Deal to End Brexit Delusions  Martin Wolf, Financial Times

No Telling Whether Brexit Deal Is Good  Stephen Bush, New Statesman

Small Print of Brexit Deal Is Reassuring  Steven Barrett, Spectator

A Win for Boris, for Now  Charlie Cooper, Politico EU

Tory Activists Give Early Thumbs-Up to Brexit Deal  P. Goodman, Cons. Home

The Brexit War Is Over  Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail

Welcome to Our Tuesday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. – Emma Goldman


Azra Isakovic

Good morning and Welcome to Our Tuesday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

US presidential election 2020 –  Republicans accept Joe Biden’s victory after Electoral College vote | Financial Times  

US🇺🇸Barr to step down as US attorney-general after Trump attacks | Financial Times  
Cyber warfare US orders emergency action after huge cyber security breach | Financial Times

EU/UK – Why the World Should Root for the EU in Brexit Talks, Edward Alden, Foreign Policy 
Germany – Who Will Succeed Merkel? Josef Joffe, Project Syndicate 
US – Al Gore: Where I Find Hope, Al Gore, New York Times  
US/Intelligence – Crisis of Confidence: How Biden Can Restore Faith in U.S. Spy Agencies, Foreign Affairs 
US/Russia – Managing US sanctions toward Russia, Steven Pifer, Brookings  
US/Russia – How to Safely Manage U.S.-Russian Great-Power Competition, Dmitri Trenin and Thomas Graham, Carnegie Moscow 

China – China pulls back from the world: rethinking Xi’s ‘project of the century’, James Kynge and Jonathan Wheatley, Financial Times 
China/NATO – China’s Rise Can Unite NATO, Henrik Larsen, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
US🇺🇸/China🇨🇳/Tech/Techno-nationalism and corporate governance, by Alex Capri | Hinrich Foundation
China claims quantum supremacy with new supercomputer


China🇨🇳/Nuclear notebookChinese nuclear forces, 2020 | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
OSCE – Strengthening the OSCE’s Role in Election System Monitoring, Tyson Barker, DGAP 
BiographyOn a New Biography of Karl Marx by Branco Milanovic | Brave New Europe
EconomyThe Friedman doctrine in the 21st century by Michael Roberts | Brave New Europe

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

    The truth is lived, not taught. Hermann Hesse


Azra Isakovic

Good morning and welcome!

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

Du leadership à une hégémonie décomplexée, par Sabine Jansen

Les affaires domestiques d’une puissance telle que les États -Unis pèsent sur la destinée de chacun : la métaphore animalière et La Fontaine nous enseignent «qu’un rat n’est pas un éléphant». Si la capacité de projection dans tous les domaines est l’un des attributs traditionnels de la puissance, elle revêt une ampleur inédite dans le contexte de la globalisation.

Questions internationalesC’est la raison pour laquelle l’élection présidentielle de novembre 2016 et l’arrivée au pouvoir du 45″président des États-Unis ont suscité autant d’intérêt et de commentaires dans le monde. Son prédécesseur, Barack Obama, premier occupant noir de la Maison-Blanche, avait lui aussi bénéficié d’une forte exposition. Néanmoins, plus qu ‘un autre, Donald Trump occupe les médias, avec lesquels il entretient des rapports complexes et le plus souvent houleux. Qu’elle ulcère ou qu’elle fascine, et parfois les deux simultanément, sa personne sature les écrans et noircit les colonnes. Le plus âgé des élus à la Maison-Blanche est aussi le seul à n’avoir jamais exercé de responsabilité politique auparavant.

Mais Donald Trump est un show man hors pair. Star sur le tard de la téléréalité, l’homme d’affaires en maîtrise parfaitement les codes et sait qu’une communication performante peut être performative. Dégainant son compte Twitter plus vite que son ombre, il est presque un média à lui tout seul. Auteur de The Art of the Deal, il est aussi désormais celui d’une quantité impressionnante de fausses nouvelles et de contrevérités.

Comme tout leader populiste, il affectionne la relation directe, et les réseaux sociaux lui offrent la possibilité de s’exprimer instantanément et sans filtre. Il peut ainsi laisser libre cours à ses pulsions et à ses impulsions, dont la spontanéité est parfois sujette à caution. Donald Trump cannibalise tout discours sur les États-Unis, devenu ce pays dont le roi est un vieil enfant.

Après deux ans et beaucoup d’interrogations sur les intentions réelles du nouveau locataire de la Maison-Blanche, un premier bilan de son action s’impose. Son accession à la magistrature suprême traduit un certain état du pays, en proie au doute sur son avenir en dépit d’une position encore inégalée. Même si son style détonne, peut-on parler d’une révolution Trump ? Quelles sont, au-delà du spectacle permanent, les vraies ruptures susceptibles d’affecter en profondeur le système international ?

Les États désunis

L’élection de Donald Trump a servi de révélateur à la division de l’Amérique et de ses forces politiques, reflétant de profondes fractures sociales. C’est avec réticence que le Parti républicain a finalement accepté de faire du magnat de l’immobilier son champion. Outsider «disruptif », ce dernier n’avait jamais manifesté d’inclination particulière pour le « parti de l’éléphant

». Au contraire, il avait, dans le passé, flirté avec le Parti démocrate, envisageant même en 1987 de candidater à la Maison-Blanche sous ses couleurs. Sa victoire, en novembre 2016, lui a néanmoins donné toute l’onction nécessaire pour s’attacher le soutien des républicains. Elle a suscité un loyalisme d’opportunité, conforté dans l’immédiat par de bons indicateurs économiques…

 

Questions internationales n° 98 – Juillet-août 2019