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

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. – Winston Churchill


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 11 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Truth Will Prevail –  Why I Have Been Condemned by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva | LeftWord Books
Refugees – My Heart by Semezdin Mehmedinović | Catapult
Refugees – Forgetting Doesn’t Kill You, but It Sure Feels Like It, by Francine Prose | New York Times Books

Must-Reads

Democracy – Saving Democracy Is Not America’s Responsibility  Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
Democracy – How to Put Out Democracy’s Dumpster Fire  A. Applebaum & P. Pomerantsev, Atlantic
Biden/Xi – High Stakes in the Biden-Xi Contest  Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council
EU-China –EU-China investment accord fails to resolve subsidy disputes | Peterson Institute
Nord Stream 2 – How to Solve the Nord Stream 2 Dilemma  Steven Pifer, Brookings
Cancel Culture – I Want the Freedom to Offend by Emina Melonic | Splice Today
Armenia – Will Armenia’s Political Turmoil Undo Its Democracy?  Ido Vock, New Statesman
EU – The EU’s Risk-Averse Nature  David Hutt, Internationale Politik Quarterly
China – The Threat of China’s Confucius Institutes  R. Norman & J. Wilson, National Review
China/India – South Asia Deftly Navigates India-China Tensions  Rohan Mukherjee, EA Forum
China/Diplomacy – The Rise of Made-in-China Diplomacy  Peter Hessler, New Yorker
Economy – Supply chains and trade flows volatility in the face of global shocks | VoxEU/CEPR

Research & Analysis

EU – The European Union and the multilateral system | EP Research Service
EU/US/Trade – Beyond trade war in Washington: The United States and our less global future, Lauri Tähtinen | FIIA
Belarus/Baltic/Nordics – Baltic and Nordic Responses to the 2020 Post-Election Crisis in Belarus | LIIA EU – The Time for EU’s Common Foreign Policy is Now | GLOBSEC [PDF]

Podcasts

La Commune, 150 ans (3/4) :Clichés de la Commune par Xavier Mauduit | France Culture

Your Monday Briefing

“All men are born free: just not for long.”
John le Carré


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, March 08

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

China – Biden’s China Challenge by Christopher Smart | Project Syndicate
Meteorology – Atmospheric Changes, by Laura Marris | The Point Magazine
À propos de : À la gauche du droit, Liora Israël | EHESS | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads


Radioactivity – Irony as Saharan dust returns radiation from French nuclear tests in the 1960s, by Rafael Cereceda | Euronews


Digital- A ‘splinternet’ won’t solve global cyber defense problems by Yaron Rosen | C4ISRNET
Russie – À l’intérieur du Red Web, par Clémence Maquet | Siècle Digital
Splinternet – Goodbye free Internet? By Zuzana Pison | New Europe
UK/US – New UK-US Alignment Can Reshape Transatlantic Cooperation | Chatham House
EU/China – European navies hold stronger China deterrent than first appears, Akita Hiroyuki | Nikkei Asia
UK – A cut too far: why shrinking the Army would be a huge strategic blunder, By Freddie Fitzjames | CapX  
US/Russia/China – Kissinger Revisited. Can the United States Drive a Wedge Between Russia and China? Eugène Rumer Richard Sokolsky | Carnegie Russia
US/China – What Could Cause a US-China War? by Joseph S. Nye, Jr. | Project Syndicate
US/Economics/Biden – The United States’ massive relief package is more than a technocratic policy. It’s a democratic triumph, by Adam Tooze | Foreign Policy

Research & Analysis

US/Trade – 2021 Trade Policy Agenda and 2020 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, United States Trade Representative
EU/Geo-Economics – Germany’s Debt Brake and Europe’s Fiscal Stance after COVID-19, Shahin Vallée, Jérémie Cohen-Setton, Dominik Buhl | DGAP [PDF] 📥
US/North Korea – Sanctions by the Numbers  | CNAS

Podcasts

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