Your Friday Briefing

« Only the vanquished remember history. »
Marshall McLuhan


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, April 16, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

EU – Imagine that the coronavirus pandemic, rather than undermining confidence in the European Union, had strengthened it, Yanis Varoufakis | Project Syndicate


Books

Essay –Brexit and the Two Irelands by Ophélie Siméon | Books & Ideas
Essay –The Japanese Press: a Global Exception? by César Castellvi | Books & Ideas
9/11 –Reign of Terror , Spencer Ackerman | Penguin Random House

Must-Reads

Vaccines – Always Read the Methods Section | Zeynep Tufekci
Vaccines – What a J&J vaccine pause means Matthew Field | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
EU/China/Russia – The EU’s Worst Nightmare: a China-Russian Axis, David Hutt | Internationale Politik Quarterly
US/Japan – The Summit That Can’t Fail  Michael Hirsh | Foreign Policy
Germany – The Race to Define Germany’s Evolving Political Center Jeremy Cliffe | NS
India – India’s Trump Card Against China  Phillip Orchard, Geopolitical Futures
Russia/Ukraine – Why Russia Is Threatening Escalation  Gustav Gressel | ECFR
Russia/Ukraine – Russian pressure on Ukraine: military and political dimensions, Marek Menkiszak and Andrzej Wilk | OSW
Digital/EU/UK/USDo continued EU data flows to the United Kingdom offer hope for the United States? Kenneth Propp | Atlantic Council
Drones/Middle East –Droning On in the Middle East, Francis Fukuyama | American Purpose
Diplomacy – How Diplomacy Falls Flat  Sholto Byrnes | The National The National
Taiwan – Is War Over Taiwan Imminent?  Yun Sun | Korea Times
US/Japan – Can Japan, U.S. Lead way to 6G?  James Schoff & Joshua Levy | The Diplomat

Research & Analysis

Proxy Warfare – The Future of Sino-U.S. Proxy War  Dominic Tierney  | Texas National Security Review
Russia/Central and Eastern Europe/Western Balkans –Russia: mighty Slavic brother or hungry bear next-door? The image of Russia in Central & Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, Daniel Milo | Globesec
China/Europe/Economy –  Home advantage: How China’s protected market threatens Europe’s economic power, Agatha Kratz and Janka Oertel | ECFR 
US/Health – The Time Is Now for U.S. Global Leadership on Covid-19 Vaccines, J. Stephen Morrison, Katherine E. Bliss and Anna McCaffrey | CSIS
NATO/Climate –A Climate Security Plan for Nato: Collective Defence for the 21st Century, Erin Sikorski and Sherri Goodman | Policy Exchange

Podcast

UK – Wales, England and the Future of the UK, Daniel Wincott | Talking Politics

Your Thursday Briefing

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Perspective – Twilight of the economists? More like twilight of the neoliberals Daniel W. Drezner | The Washington Post

Books

About: Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics and the Fight for a Better Future by Paul Krugman | Norton,  Adam Tooze | London Review of Books
À propos de : Donald Reid, L’affaire Lip, 1968-1981, Presses universitaires de Rennes, par Ismaïl Ferhat | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

US/Russia – Putin’s sabre-rattling wins west’s attention and Biden summit Henry Foy | Financial Times
US/China(in French) – Germany will have to make real choices Thierry de Montbrial | Le Monde
Vaccine – Why Biden health officials decided to pause J&J’s coronavirus vaccine Laurie McGinley, Lena H. Sun and Frances Stead Sellers | The Washington Post
US/Russia – President Biden on Tuesday proposed that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a summit | WSJ
Disruptive Technologies – Meet the Future WMD, the Drone Swarm  Zachary Kallenborn | The Bulletin
US/China/Taiwan – Biden Faces Reckoning on China, Taiwan  Joseph Bosco | The Hill
Energy/Trade – Hydrogen: The Key to Decarbonizing the Global Shipping Industry? William Alan Reinsch | CSIS
Biden/China – Biden Needs to Ditch Xi Infatuation  Joseph Bosco | Taipei Times
Quad – The Quad Delivers. Can It Endure?  Susan Thornton | Lowy Interpreter
US/Russia – Facing the Facts of War With Russia  Douglas Macgregor | The American Conservative
BCE – Quand la BCE a-t-elle stoppé la contagion de la Covid-19 aux marchés financiers ?  Aymeric Ortmans & Fabien Tripier | La Lettre du CEPII ; N°416 – Mars 2021
Serbia/Health – Bounty of Serbian vaccine diplomacy shames the EU, Valerie Hopkins, Financial Times
Data – HOUSE ARREST How An Automated Algorithm Constrained Congress for a Century, Dan Bouk | Data & Society

Research & Analysis

US/Iran – Other Sides of Renegotiating Iran Agreement  Anthony Cordesman | CSIS
US/Russia /Cyber Security – Lessons of the SolarWinds hack by Marcus Willett | IISS
Germany/Economy – What is Wrong with the German Economy? The Case for Openness to Technology and Human Capital, Philipp Lamprecht | ECIPE
Europe/Economy/Health – COVID-19 credit support programs in Europe’s five largest economies, Julia Anderson, Francesco Papadia and Nicolas Véron | PIIE
Bulletin75 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – 75th Special Anniversary Issue, currently available to read with free access |   Routledge Politics, IR & Area Studies

Podcasts

Russia/Ukraine “This is a force that is much more potent than it was when Ukraine was first invaded” – The Intelligence | The Economist  

Your Wednesday Briefing

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.”
Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Featured

Inde – L’Inde🇮🇳 : une puissance singulière | Questions internationales – N° 106 | La Documentation française | [PDF]

Books

Taiwan – Difficult Choices Richard C. Bush | Brookings Institution Press

Must-Reads

Russia/Ukraine –War Alert: What’s Behind It and What Lies Ahead? Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Russia
EU/China – The EU-China investment deal may be anachronic in a bifurcating world, Alicia Garcia Herrero | Bruegel
US – Biden’s Foreign Policy Starts At Home, Peter Nicholas | The Atlantic
EU/UK –UK goods trade with EU signals recovery, by Anna Tsaac | Politico
US/Russia – Nuclear arms control in the 2020s. Key issues for the US and Russia, Steven Pifer | Valdai Discussion Club
Russia/Ukraine – Penned in on Multiple International Issues, Putin Strives to Show Resolve on Ukraine, Pavel K. Baev | The Jamestown Foundation
Russia/Ukraine – Russia, Ukraine and the West: How do you solve a problem like Vladimir? Ian Bond | Centre for European Reform
US/Europe/China – Shifting Commercial Ties Among the U.S., Europe and China, Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph P. Quinlan | Wilson Center
China – Some initial notes on China’s central bank digital currency | Bruno Maçães
EU-China –Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, Stewart Paterson |  Hinrich Foundation
Nord Stream 2 – Background, objections, and possible outcomes, Steven Pifer | Brookings Institution

Research & Analysis

Rebuild with purpose –  An affirmative vision for  21st century American  infrastructure, Adie Tomer, Joseph W. Kane, and Caroline George | Brookings Institution
China/EU – Is the European Union’s investment agreement with China underrated? Uri Dadush and Andre Sapir | Bruegel
Arctic – Northern expedition: China’s Arctic ambition and activism, RushDoshi, Alexis Dale-Huang, Gaoqi Zhang | Brookings Institution
Think tanks –How do think tanks react to or foster change? OTT Annual Review 2020-2021 | On Think Tanks

Podcasts

History Of Ideas –Nozick on Utopia | Talking Politics

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 Wednesday Briefing

We’re still in the first minutes of the first day of the Internet revolution.  Scott Cook


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, March 24

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Featured

Bernie Sanders –An Unusually Optimistic Conversation With Bernie Sanders, Ezra Kleinwith | New York Times Opinion
Analog/Digital –Why Analog Is Better than Digital II , by Francis Fukuyama | American Purpose

Books

Enlightenment The Enlightenment – The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790, Ritchie Robertson | Harper Collins
Review –“The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of happiness, 1680-1790”, Ritchie Robertson | Voltaire Foundation
About : Unsustainable Inequalities. Social Justice and the Environment, by Matthew Soener | Books & Ideas

Must-Reads

Pandemic –Pandemic Theater, The Anniversary Edition | Zeynep
US/EU – The US and the EU: Time for a New “Transatlantic Moment”? Claudia Schmucker and Stormy-Annika Mildner | DGAP
US/Russia –  Why Russia Is the Problem From Hell  Robert Kaplan | National Interest
Russia/China – What Does China’s Latest 5-Year Plan Mean for Russia?  Vita Spivak | Carn. Mos.
NATO –Secretary Blinken’s Moderated Conversation with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | United States Department of State
NATO – Enlarging NATO’s Toolbox to Counter Hybrid Threats, Michael Rühle and Clare Roberts | NATO
Russia/Ukraine – Russia and Ukraine Are Not About to Come to Blows  Ekaterina Zolotova | GPF
China/BRI – China’s Belt and Road: Implications for the U.S.  J. Hillman & D. Sacks | CFR
India – India Romances the West  C. Raja Mohan | Foreign Policy
UK – Where Do Boris Johnson’s Nuclear Ambitions Lead?  Gavin Esler | The National
Biden Transition – Biden Wants No Part of the Culture War the G.O.P. Loves, by Thomas Edsall | New York Times Opinion

Research & Analysis

UK –Integrated Review of Security 2021 | Commons Library
UK –Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy | GOV.UK
NATO –NATO in in the Era of Unpeace: Defending Against Known Unknowns, Dominik P. Jankowski and Tomasz Stępniewski, eds. | Institute of Central Europe IEŚ

Podcasts

EU/Russia – Europe–Russia Relations Today, with Kadri Liik and Dmitri Trenin | Sound Cloud

Your Friday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 19

Good morning

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 Friday Briefing

History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonaparte


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 12

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Review Essay –  A Tyranny Without Tyrants  Patrick J. Deneen, American Affairs
After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed by Andrew Bacevich | Metropolitan Books
Nonfiction – How Sir Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth I Made England a Global Power, by Nigel Cliff | The New York Times
Nonfiction – In Search of a Kingdom – Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire By Laurence Bergreen | HarperCollins

Must-Reads


UK –The Green New Deal’s time has come – but where has Labour’s radicalism gone? Adam Tooze | The Guardian
Carbon dioxide –The Negative Part of Net Zero, Noah J. Gordon | Internationale Politik Quarterly
Quad/Indo-Pacific – How Biden Can Make the Quad Endure, Evan Feigenbaum, James Schwemlein | Carnegie Endowment
India/China – China’s Himalayan Salami Tactics Are Working  Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate
India/China – India and China Need More Than a Border Pullback  Anubhav Gupta, WP Review
Quad/Indo-Pacific – Is the Quad for Real? We’ll Know More on Friday  Salvatore Babones, Foreign Policy
Biden/Blob – On Shedding an Obsolete Past, Andrew Bacevich | TomDispatch

Quad/Indo-Pacific – The Future of the Quad Is Bright  Jeff M. Smith, RealClearWorld
Balkans – Ethnic Engineering in the Balkans  Aleksandar Brezar, Al Jazeera
Space – Avoiding the Folly of a U.S.-China Space Race  Zhou Bo, SCMP
Taiwan – Supply Chains Critical to Taiwan’s Security  James Lee, East Asia Forum
Data Protection – How Europe’s Intelligence Services Aim to Avoid the EU’s Highest Court | Lawfare
EU/Digital – Why Europe’s Digital Decade Matters by Margrethe Vestager, and Josep Borrell | Project Syndicate

Research & Analysis

AI/Data – Auditing employment algorithms for discrimination, Alex Engler | Brookings Institution
EU/Russia/Counterterrorism – Blurry Counterterrorism: A Chance for Russia, A Risk for Europe, Miriam Heiß | DGAP
EU-China –Towards a Fair and Reciprocal Partnership |  EPP Group

Podcasts

Le Cours de l’histoire – Que nous réserve l’avenir ? Xavier Mauduit | France Culture


Your Monday Briefing

Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas. Lewis Black


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, March 01

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

Reclaiming Public Ownership Andrew Cumbers | Zed Books
The Problems of Genocide, Dirk Moses | History at Cambridge

Must-Reads

US/Iran – Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. , by Farnaz Fassihi & David E. Sanger | The New York Times
Brexit – The Ugly Divorce Between Britain and Brussels Mark Landler | The New York Times
China – The age of empire is back, by Aris Roussinos | UnHerd
Nord Stream 2 – Le gazoduc russe qui sème la zizanie en Europe | Le Monde
Chartbook Newsletter #14 by Adam Tooze
US/China – How to stop China’s long march, by Edward Luttwak | UnHerd
EU – Can the EU survive the death of liberalism? By Larry Siedentop | UnHerd

Research & Analysis

US – United States Counterterrorism Operations 2018–2020, Stephanie Savell, Watson Institute, Brown University [PDF] 📥
Soft Power – Global Soft Power Index | Brand Finance [PDF] 📥
EU/India – Circles of EU-India Engagement | Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Ukraine – Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Parts of Ukraine’s Donbas since 2014, | Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Podcasts

Costs of War – The Human Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars | Brown University

Your Wednesday Briefing

Je ne fais pas de blagues. Je viens de regarder le gouvernement et signaler les faits.
Will Rogers


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, February 17

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Remaking Central Europe, Edited by Peter Becker and Natasha Wheatley | Oxford Academic
Power and Time, Edited by Dan Edelstein, Stefanos Geroulanos, and Natasha Wheatley | UChicagoPress
Food insecurity and Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa, Habib Ayeb et Ray Bush,  Anthem Press

Must-Reads

US/China – America’s Best Hope of Hanging Together Is China  Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
US – Don’t Restore U.S. Foreign Policy. Remake It.  Jessica Mathews, Foreign Affairs
China – WHO’s Wuhan Investigation Was Never Going to Satisfy  Joshua Keating, Slate
US/China – When Will Liberals Admit China Is Dangerous?  Kelly McParland, National Post
US/China – America’s Best Hope of Hanging Together Is China  Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
US – Don’t Restore U.S. Foreign Policy. Remake It.  Jessica Mathews, Foreign Affairs
China – WHO’s Wuhan Investigation Was Never Going to Satisfy  Joshua Keating, Slate
US/China – When Will Liberals Admit China Is Dangerous?  Kelly McParland, National Post
US/India/Russia – America’s India Problem Is All About Russia  Salvatore Babones, Foreign Policy
ICBM arsenal – ICBM Setting a Course Away From the ICBM  G. Hinck & P. Vaddi, War on the Rocks
Digital – What the US can teach Europe about privacy, Vincent Manancourt and Mark Scott, Politico
UK/EU – Finding a way forward for EU-UK foreign policy collaboration, Adam Hug, Encompass
US/Europe/China – Beware Beijing’s Long-Term Strategy of Division, Michael Ryan and Valbona Zeneli, National Interest

Research & Analysis

Economy – Global Economic Prospects, The World Bank

Podcasts

Thomas Gomart – Guerres invisibles : nos prochains défis géopolitiques |librairie mollat

Your Tuesday Briefing

La politique est une question trop sérieuse pour être laissée aux politiciens.
Charles de Gaulle


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 16

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

« Boomers » – The men and women who promised freedom and delivered disaster by Helen Andrews | Penguin Random House
Review – Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster Kay S. Hymowitz | City Journal

Must-Reads

Poland – Reflections on Poland’s Alliances  Jacek Bartosiak, Geopolitical Futures
US – America’s Other Forever War  Peter Beinart, New York Times
China/Vaccine – Will China Be a Global Vaccine Leader?  Deborah Seligsohn et al, ChinaFile
EU/Foreign Policy – EU Foreign Policy RIP  Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico EU
Germany/Russia – Germany’s Bridges to Russia Split Open Europe  Tony Barber, Financial Times
US – How to Rebuild the State Department  Robert Kaplan, National Interest
China/Uighurs – Uighurs in Exile Wait on the World to Act  Rachel Cheung & Benjamin Wilhelm, WPR

Research & Analysis

Energy/India – India Energy Outlook 2021 – Analysis – IEA [PDF]

Podcasts

Inégalités – Inégalités, précarité, des clés pour les surmonter | France Culture

Revues