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 Thursday Briefing

« Quelqu’un que vous avez privé de tout n’est plus en votre pouvoir. Il est de nouveau entièrement libre. »
Alexandre Soljenitsyne


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 04

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Economic Theology –The Spirit of French Capitalism | Charly Coleman | Stanford Press

War –  War Time Temporality and the Decline of Western Military Power Edited by Sten Rynning, Olivier Schmitt, and Amelie Theussen |  Brookings Institution

Must-Reads

EU – The EU’s perverse agenda in Bosnia, Toby Vogel Bodo Weber | EUobserver
US – Twilight of the American empire Aris Roussinos | UnHerd
Bitcoin/  Chartbook Newsletter #15 | Adam Tooze
US – The January 6 Insurrection, Domestic Terrorism, and Other Threats, Statement by Christopher Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation | FBI
US/China – China and the U.S. Tussle Over Southeast Asia  Economist
US/China – The U.S. and China: Avoiding Fear  Joseph Nye | Project Syndicate
UK/Asia-Pacific – UK Moves Endanger Australia’s Asia-Pacific Strategy  John Ravenhill | EA Forum US/India/Pakistan – How Will U.S.-India Ties Impact Pakistan?  Javid Husain | Dawn
Health – How to Make ‘Immunity Passports’ More Ethical, Nicole Hassoun, Anders Herlitz | Scientific American
Cryptocurrency Manufacturing – Cryptomining in Europe’s most disputed state, Alexander Clapp No. 52 | The Baffler

Research & Analysis

China/Western Balkans – Red Flags: Triaging China’s Projects in the Western Balkans, Heather A. Conley, Jonathan E. Hillman, Maesea McCalpin, Donatienne Ruy | CSIS
OSCE – Using the OSCE More Effectively: Ideas and Recommendations, Wolfgang Zellner | IFSH Hamburg
Trade – Multilateral Cooperation Behind the Trade War Headlines, Lucian Cernat and David Boucher | CEPS
Freedom/Democracy – Freedom in the World 2021: Democracy Under Siege | Freedom House
BitcoinOld Utopias, New Tax Havens: The Politics of Bitcoin in Historical Perspective, | Stefan Eich

Podcasts

Webinar – Early Modern Capitalism | H-France

Coronavirus – A Visual Guide to the New Coronavirus Variants

Your Thursday Briefing

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules. Ross Perot


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 18

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

De la démocratie en Pandémie. Santé, recherche, éducation Barbara Stiegler | Gallimard
« De la démocratie en pandémie » de Barbara Stiegler | Le Monde

Must-Reads

Sahel – Sonnenfinsternis im Sahel, Issio Ehrich | ZEIT ONLINE
Germany/Russia –Russia holds the key to German sovereignty Pepe Escobar | Asia Times
US/China – Why U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Deal Flopped  Chad Bown, PIIE
US/Turkey – Small Steps Can Help Mend U.S.-Turkey Relations  David Lepeska, The National
US – Did Trump Permanently Change U.S. Foreign Policy?  Panel of experts, For. Affairs
Taiwan/Germany – Taiwan Doesn’t Owe Germany Any Help  Chang Feng-lin, Taipei Times
China/Vaccine – China: A Coronavirus Vaccine Superpower?  Ethen Kim Lieser, 1945
Martin Baron: « We Had To Be Much More Forthright about Trump » | DER SPIEGEL
Climate – To Fight Climate Change, Should Green Investors Reconsider Big Oil? | HBS Working Knowledge
Russia/Balkans – What Russia Wants In The Balkans, Zlatko Hadzidedic | Modern Diplomacy

Research & Analysis

South Korea – The Economic Pillar of Korea’s New Southern Policy, Françoise NICOLAS | Ifri [PDF]
UK/Diplomacy – UK Economic Diplomacy in the 21st Century | LSE [PDF]
UK/ChinaProtect, Constrain, Contest: Approaches for coordinated transatlantic economic and technological competition with China | LSE [PDF]
Europe/Afrique – Les relations Europe-Afrique à l’aune de la pandémie de Covid-19. | Fondation Schuman [PDF]

Podcasts

Santé –  De la démocratie en pandémie Barbara Stiegler

Your Friday Briefing

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
Harry S Truman


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