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 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

Un éditeur qui entre dans son bureau préfère y trouver un cambrioleur qu’un poète.
Jean Cocteau


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 30

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Featured

Economy – A simultaneously expanding and shrinking world, by Branko Milanovic | Social Europe

Books

Feminism – Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, by Rafia Zakaria | Bookshop.org
Review – Derrida and the New Left  Andrew Marzoni, | The Baffler
Review – A French Touch in the Sociology of Wealth, by Nicolas Duvoux  | Books & Ideas

Must-Reads

EU/US/Technology/Defense – Europe and the United States should cooperate more on AI for defense, Benjamin Mueller | Center for Data Innovation
Economy – Chip crisis highlights supply chain new order as carmakers lose out, Peter Campbell and Kana Inagaki | Financial Times
Germany/Russia – The last bridge, The Economist
US – U.S. Doesn’t Treat Its Allies Right  Kori Schake | The Atlantic
China/Taiwan – China Could Decide to Invade Taiwan Soon  R. Jordan Prescott | 1945
Biden – The Puzzle of Biden’s ‘Middle Class Foreign Policy’  Edward Luce | Financial Times
India – India’s Dangerous Myanmar Policy  Sudha Ramachandran | The Diplomat
China – There Will Be No China Reset  Rachel Cheung & Benjamin Wilhelm | WP Review
Germany – The Return of German Politics  Joschka Fischer | Project Syndicate
Russia/AI – Artificial Intelligence in the Russian Army  Pavel Luzin | Riddle
Nato/Asie – Where’s the Asian NATO?  Jack Detsch | Foreign Policy
Middle East – Focus on Influence, Not Power, in the Middle East  Jon Alterman | CSIS
China – China’s Go-It-Alone Five-Year Plan  George Magnus | Japan Times
Europe – Why Europe should spend big like Biden, Christian Odendahl and John Springford | Centre for European Reform

Research & Analysis

US/Digital – Broken trust: Lessons from Sunburst, Trey Herr, Will Loomis, Emma Schroeder, Stewart Scott, Simon Handler and Tianjiu Zuo | Atlantic Council
Europe/Digital – Digital Futures for Europe, Meelis Kitsing | ECIPE
NATO – NATO Partnerships for Women, Peace, and Security, Lisa A. Aronsson | Atlantic Council Taxation/Climate Justice – A European Wealth Tax Policy Study | FEPS
Taxation/Climate Justice – A European Wealth Tax Policy Study – Appendix | FEPS

Podcasts

Talking Politics – Schmitt on Friend vs Enemy | Acast

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

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime. Jack Kerouac


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 16

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Seshat Histories – History of the Axial Age by Daniel Hoyer, Jenny Reddish | Seshat
John le Carré My father was famous as John le Carré, Nick Cornwell  | The Guardian
Reading – Reading in a complex media-driven world | Tressie McMillan Cottom

Must-Reads

History Databank – Cleaning History Data: The Conflict Catalogue, by Jill Levine | Seshat
US/Digital – Why America Needs a Tech New Deal, by Nicol Turner Lee | Democracy Journal
Covid-19 – Capitalising on a crisis? by Brett Meyer | LSE EUROPP blog
NATO/China🇨🇳 – China’s rise is exactly the kind of threat NATO exists to stop, by Sara Bjerg Moller | Washington Post Opinions
US – How the 2020 census may help Republicans regain power in Washington | The Economist
Privacy – The UK is secretly testing a controversial web snooping tool, by Matt Burgess | WIRED UK
Brief – Russia’s Foreign Minister Visits Gulf States | Geopolitical Futures
Vaccination – I’ll take the « hippie dippy wishful thinking » case for vaccinating the worl | Zeynep Tufekci

Research & Analysis

US/Health/Economy/Defense – COVID-19 Impacts on Defense Supply Chains and the Defense Industrial Base, Bill Edgar | National Institute for Public Policy
Australia/Tech/Quad – Networked: Techno-Democratic Statecraft for Australia and the Quad, by Martijn Rasser | CNAS
US – The Department of Homeland Security: Priorities for Reform | CNAS
Defence – Sweden’s security -The long way towards total defence, by Justyna Gotkowska | OSW [PDF]

Podcasts

Au Quad! – Les origines de «l’Indo-Pacifique» | ChinaTalk

Your Wednesday Briefing

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment. Margaret Mead


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, February 24

Good afternoon

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

US/Foreign Policy – America’s massive military is predicated on imaginary threats | Foreign Policy
US/Foreign Policy – The Stupidity of War, by John Mueller | Cambridge University Press
The Tyranny of Merit – What Comes After Meritocracy? Elizabeth Anderson | The Nation

Must-Reads

US/Biden – Biden Says ‘America Is Back.’ Should It Be? By Stephen Wertheim | New York Times Opinion
AI – Chine : l’intelligence artificielle, porte d’entrée de la dictature de surveillance ? par Hubert Guillaud | internetactu
Fake News – “Fake news: A false epidemic?” | Le Monde diplomatique
Yemen – “Saudi-led coalition loses its grip on Yemen”, by Pierre Bernin | Le Monde diplomatique
US/China – Washington’s battle with Beijing is not one of investment or innovation but one of values, by Elise Labott | Foreign Policy
US/Iran/JCPOA – The Real Regional Problem With the Iran Deal by Trita Parsi | Foreign Affairs
Culture War – If You Thought the Culture War in the US and UK Was Dumb, Check Out France’s | VICE
Radical Philosophy – The Entire Archives of Radical Philosophy Go Online | Open Culture
US/China – US and allies to build ‘China-free’ tech supply chain | Nikkei Asia

Research & Analysis

US/Europe – Transatlantic Relations and European Strategic Autonomy in the Biden Era, by Garret Martin and Ville Sinkkonen | FIIA 📥 [PDF]
US/Security/Technology – National Security Policy, American Edge Project | Edge Project 📥 [PDF]
EU/Green Deal – The EU Green Deal and Its Industrial and Political Significance, By Hosuk Lee-Makiyama  | ECIPE 📥 [PDF]

Podcasts

Quartier Libre – «Surveiller et asservir» Vanessa Codaccioni