Your Thursday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Corporation tax – US offers new plan in global corporate tax talks, James Politi, Aime Williams and Chris Giles | FT
Economy/ecology – Europe’s path to decarbonisation, by Adam Tooze | International Politics & Society

Books

The Care –The Care Crisis – What Caused It and How Can We End It? by Emma Dowling | Verso Books
Political Science – Of Privacy and Power, Henry Farrell and Abraham L. Newman | Princeton University Press
À propos de : Socialisme et sociologie, de Bruno Karsenti, Cyril Lemieux | EHESS

Must-Reads

EU/Energy – From coal to low carbon, Irina Kustova, Christian Egenhofer, Jorge Núñez Ferrer and Julian Popov | CEPS
Covid19 – Pandemic as Metaphor | Zeynep Tufekci
China – China as a Third World Country  George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
Germany – Merkel’s Magic Faded Long Ago  Roger Boyes | Times of London
China – What if China Launches a Surprise Attack on U.S. Military?  Daniel Davis | 1945
China/Iran – China’s Iran Deal Is Just a Start  Erielle Davidson & Ari Cicurel | National Interest
US/Ukraine – Biden Administration Support for Ukraine Is Strong but Is There a Partner in Kyiv? Jonathan D. Katz and Olena Prokopenko | GMF
US/EU/Economy – Transatlantic economic relations under the Biden administration, Peter Rashish | European Policy Centre
Economy – Janet Yellen calls for a global minimum tax on companies. Could it happen? | The Economist
US/Security – Overlooking the Policy Connections: Fragility, Democracy, and Geopolitical Competition, Frances Z. Brown | Just Security
French politicsEmmanuel Macron’s dangerous election gamble, Bruno Amable | International Politics & Society

Research & Analysis

Human Rights –The State of the World’s Human Rights, Amnesty International Annual Report 2020/2021 | Amnesty International
NATO – Origins, Progress, and Unfinished Business: NATO’s Protection of Civilians Policy, Katie Dock, Victoria K. Holt and Marla Keenan | Stimson
EU/Turkey/Greece – Revisiting and going beyond the EU-Turkey migration agreement of 2016: an opportunity for Greece to overcome being just “Europe’s aspis”, Kemal Kirişci | Brookings
US/India/Australia/Japan/Russia/China –The Return of the Quad: Will Russia and China Form Their Own Bloc? Heather A. Conley, Michael J. Green, Cyrus Newlin and Nicholas Szechenyi | CSIS

Podcasts

Talking Politics – Adam Curtis | Acast

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

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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 Thursday Briefing

Why be a man when you can be a success?
Bertolt Brecht


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 25

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Liberalism –An excerpt from Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist by Alexander Zevin, | Verso Books

Books

Populism –Technopopulism – The New Logic of Democratic Politics, by Christopher J. Bickerton and Carlo Invernizzi Accetti | Oxford Academic
Liberalism – Liberalism at Large – The World According to the Economist, by Alexander Zevin  | Verso Books
Essay –Was 1925 Literary Modernism’s Most Important Year? By Ben Libman | New York Times Books

Must-Reads

China/Trade – How much will China grow as an export market? Stewart Paterson | Hinrich Foundation
Global – A Grand Strategy of Democratic Solidarity, Hal Brands and Charles Edel | The Washington Quarterly
Deterrence – Democratic Deterrence: How to Dissuade Hybrid Interference, Mikael Wigell | The Washington Quarterly
NATO – Revitalizing Transatlantic Relations: NATO 2030 and Beyond, Sara Bjerg Moller and Sten Rynning | The Washington Quarterly
US/China – China’s Belt and Road: Implications for the United States, Jacob J. Lew, Gary Roughead, Jennifer Hillman and David Sacks | CFR
UK/EU – Global Britain Lays out Its Stall, but EU Missing in Action, Robin Niblett | Chatham House
US/EU – Ready, set, go: Emerging areas of EU-US cooperation | AmCham EU
US/Digital – Recommendations to the Biden Administration On Regulating Disinformation and Other Harmful Content on Social Media, Caroline Atkinson, et al. | Harvard Kennedy School/NYU Stern School
Western Balkans/EU – The Plight of the Western Balkans Is a Wake-up Call for Europe, Vedran Džihić and Paul Schmidt | IAI
China/US/EU – China’s hardline turn lifts chances of deeper EU-US alliance, Stuart Lau, Rym Momtaz and Jakob Hanke Vela | Politico
Russia – Fallacies and Failures in the Western Perception of Russia, Lilia Shevtsova | Robert Bosch Academy

Research & Analysis

Economy – The Transatlantic Economy 2021, Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph P. Quinlan, Wilson Center/JHU/U.S. Chamber of Commerce/AmCham EU [PDF]
EU-Turkey – Customs Union: Old Instrument, New Function in EU-Turkey Relations | CATS Network [PDF]
Russia/Turkey – Turkish-Russian Adversarial Collaboration in Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh, Güney Yildiz | SWP Berlin [PDF]
EU – The Role of Differentiation in EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policy Cooperation with Neighbouring Countries, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Ian Bond and Luigi Scazzieri | IAI
US/Digital – Online Hate and Harassment: The American Experience 2021 | Anti-Defamation League

Podcasts

Talking Politics – Technopopulism | 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 Tuesday Briefing

“The common vice of democracy is disregard for morality.” Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 09

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Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

À propos de : Par-delà les frontières du corps, Silvia Federici, | Éditions du remue-ménage
Ideas – The Women Who Changed war Reporting  George Packer, The Atlantic

Must-Reads

US – Responsible Statecraft Requires Remaking America’s Foreign Relations Tool Kit, Gordon Adams | Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
US – The Chimera of Globalist Empire  Andrew Michta, National Review
Nuclear – Armenia’s nuclear power plant is dangerous By Brenda Shaffer | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
US/Defense – Abandon Old Assumptions About Defense Spending  Robert Levinson, WOTR
Taiwan – The West Needs a More Collaborative Approach to Taiwan  Michael Mazza, AEI
Vaccines – Is Choice Always Worth the Anxiety? | Zeynep Tufekci
Myanmar – Myanmar’s Month-Long ‘Phony War’ Is Over  Bill Hayton, Chatham House
Europe/Russia – Away From Europe! Igor Torbakov | Utrikesmagasinet
China/Decoupling – Pharma groups spend billions to tap into booming China healthcare, Mercedes Ruehl and Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times

Research & Analysis

Etudes Ifri – Cyber-influence : les nouveaux enjeux de la lutte informationnelle, par Elie Tenenbaum et Laure de Rochegonde | Ifri 📥 [PDF]
Nato – Containing NATO’s Mediterranean crisis, by Luigi Scazzieri | CER [PDF]

Podcasts

Enjeux internationaux – Le plan de relance américain, par Julie Gacon et Marie-Cécile Naves | France Culture

Your Monday Briefing

It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 11, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

Books – The Habsburg Empire — Pieter M. Judson | Harvard University Press


Books/Review – How America Chose Supremacy, by William Anthony Hay | Law & Liberty
Books/Review – « Tomorrow, the World”, review by Paul Kennedy | The Wall Street Journal

Must-Reads

Russia – Russia’s Military in the 2020s  Pavel Luzin, Riddle
Missiles – Austin Must Overhaul Aging Missile Defense System  Michael Evans, Times
Nato – Time for NATO Members to Renew Their Vows  J. Foggo III & V. Zakem, Proceedings
China/Japan – China-Japan Fish Fight Could Turn Ugly  Neil Newman, SCMP

Global – The World After the Coronavirus – Foreign Policy, Various authors, Foreign Policy  
US – Profound Rebuilding Needed to Shore Up U.S. Democracy, Rachel Kleinfeld, Carnegie Endowment   
US –It Happened in America, Pippa Norris, Foreign Affairs
US – The Capitol Siege Is the Wake-up Call America Shouldn’t Have Needed, Larry Diamond, Foreign Affairs 
US/Democracy – America Can’t Promote Democracy Abroad. It Can’t Even Protect It at Home, Emma Ashford, Foreign Policy 
US/Sanctions – New Sanctions in the US Defence Budget, Bartosz Bieliszczuk, Mateusz Piotrowski, Polish Institute of International Relations PISM
US/Defense – Warfare’s worldwide web, The Economist 
US/Europe –Transatlantic relations: Putting it back together again, The Economist 
US/China/Energy –Why the United States should compete with China on global clean energy finance, Chuyu Liu and Johannes Urpelainen   
EU/NATO – Time for Big Picture Thinking, Barbara Kunz, Internationale Politik Quarterly
Germany/China – Riding High: Deutschland AG in China, The Economist 

Newsletter

Newsletter – Chartbook Newsletter #10  by Adam Tooze

Research & Analysis

Russia/Baltics – Russia’s Strategic Interests and Actions in the Baltic Region, Heinrich Brauß  and András Rácz, DGAP


US/China/Sanctions – Raising a Caution Flag on US Financial Sanctions against China, Jeffrey J. Schott, PIIE      
Arctic – Climate Change and the Opening of the Transpolar Sea Route: Logistics, Governance, and Wider Geo-economic, Societal and Environmental Impacts, Mia M. Bennett, Scott R. Stephenson, Kang Yang, Michael T. Bravo, and Bert De Jonghe, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor

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