Your Thursday Briefing

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Dalai Lama


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, April 6, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Biden/Left How Joe Biden tamed the left, by Annie Linskey, Jeff Stein and Ashley Parker | The Washington Post

Books

Biden ‘Yesterday’s Man: The Case against Joe Biden’ by Branko Marcetic | Verso Books
Review – I need money, by Christian Lorentzen | London Review of Books
Nuclear Weapons – Restricted Data: The History of Nuclear Secrecy in the United States by Alex Wellerstein | Restricted Data

Must-Reads

Russia/Ukraine – Are Russia and Ukraine Sliding Into War? By Maxim Samorukov | Carnegie Russia
Russia/Ukraine – Is Putin About to Launch a New Offensive?  Peter Dickinson | Atlantic Council
Indo-Pacific – How Franco-Australian Cooperation Can Help Stabilize the Indo-Pacific, by Pierre Morcos | War on the Rocks
US – Here’s What’s In President Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal | NPR
China/Iran – How Much Will China-Iran Deal Change Middle East?  R. Dergham | The National
Africa – Does ISIS-DRC Even Exist?  Robert Flummerfelt & Judith Verweijen | African Arguments
Europe/Health – Europe’s third wave: ‘It’s spreading fast and it’s spreading everywhere | Financial Times
Disruptive Technologies – Meet the future weapon of mass destruction, the drone swarm, Zachary Kallenborn | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
NATO – NATO’s focus on China is too narrow, Hans Binnendijk | Defense News
Nuclear Weapons – Why is the United Kingdom raising its nuclear stockpile limits? Matthew Harries | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Hungary/EU – To the Viktor Go the Spoils, Milan Nič and Julian Rappold | DGAP
Taiwan – A Taiwan Tripwire  Loren Thompson | Forbes
Indo-pacific – Charting a course through turbulent waters, by Cleo Paskal | Chatham House

Research & Analysis

US/Security – Interim National Security Strategic Guidance | The White House
EU/North Africa/Middle East – From Tectonic Shifts to Winds of Change in North Africa and the Middle East: Europe’s Role | IAI
Indo-Pacific – Indo-Pacific strategies, perceptions and partnerships – The view from seven countries, by Cleo Paskal | Chatham House

Podcast

Entretien – «Rivals in arms» de Alice Pannier, par Sylvie Noël | RFI

Your Friday Briefing

“You can do everything with bayonets, but you are not able to sit on them”
Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 26

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

Rousseau on Inequality – How Rousseau Predicted Trump, Pankaj Mishra | The New Yorker
Rousseau on InequalityDiscourse on Inequality, 1755 | AUB

Books

Freedom – Freedom – An Unruly History, Annelien de Dijn | Harvard University Press
Review – The Untold History of Freedom Tyler Stovall | The Nation
Review – Aboutness: On Hieronymus Bosch  T.J. Clark, London Review of Books
À propos de : Une histoire universelle des ruines. Des origines aux Lumières, Alain Schnapp | Seuil, par Géraldine Sfez | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

EU/Vaccine – EU vaccine schism overshadows Biden’s summit cameo, Mehreen Khan and David Hindley | Financial Times
Turkey/Greece/EU/NATO – Where to Draw the Line in the Eastern Mediterranean, Michaël Tanchum, Foreign Policy
Nuclear Notebook – How many nuclear weapons does Russia have in 2021? By Hans M. Kristensen, Matt Korda | Bulletin of the Atomic
Japan/Taiwan/China –  What Can Japan Do in a Taiwan-China Clash?  Michael MacArthur Bosack, JT
US/China – There Will Not Be a New Cold War  Thomas Christensen | Foreign Affairs
China/Hong Kong – Hong Kong Is Just a Starting Point for China  Weifeng Zhong | The Dispatch
Nord Stream 2 – Maybe Washington Should Let Nord Stream 2 Go  Daniel DePetris | RCWorld
Myanmar – Don’t Ignore Myanmar  Benedict Rogers | Persuasion
EU/China – Europe’s Tightrope Diplomacy on China, Philippe Le Corre | Carnegie
China – What Beijing’s Capitol Riot Schadenfreude Reveals  J. Eisenman & H. Grizzell | FP
China – China’s Coming Demographic Collapse  Gordon Chang | National Interest
South Korea – Ambiguity Weakens South Korea  Shim Jae-yun | Korea Times
Health/Serbia/Western Balkans – Serbia’s Vaccine Influence in the Balkans, Heather A. Conley and Dejana Saric | CSIS

Research & Analysis

Economy – Fiscal and Exchange Rate Policies Drive Trade Imbalances, Joseph E. Gagnon and Madi Sarsenbayev | PIIE
US/Digital – Posture Statement of General Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee
Digital – Testimony of Mark Zuckerberg, Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Communications & Technology
Economy – L’automobile, talon d’Achille de l’industrie allemande ? Marie Krpata | IFRI

Podcasts

Bertrand Tavernier : « Je fais un cinéma de partage » | France Culture
Bertrand Tavernier : Lyon, le cinéma et ses artistes | Archive INA

Talking Politics – Rousseau on Inequality | Acast

Your Tuesday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 09

Good morning

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

“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

Your Tuesday Briefing

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
Aesop


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 23

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

About : Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire, Pankaj Mishra, by Kanishk Tharoor | The New Republic
History – Can Historians Be Traumatized by History?  | The New Republic

Must-Reads

China –In the new Cold War: Germany wants to be neutral, India is increasingly pro-U.S., the Philippines is trending toward China, and Djibouti is a prized pawn | Bloomberg Opinion
Russia – Putin’s Killers: Russia’s 5 Most Powerful Weapons for Sale  National Interest
Joe Biden – Biden’s brief window to fix the world’s broken institutions, Adam Triggs | East Asia Forum
US/China – The Sino-American War of 2025: A Future History  Michael Auslin, Spectator
UK/Economy – Keeping up appearances: What now for UK services trade? Sam Lowe, Centre for European Reform 
US/Digital – From Washington to Florida, here are Big Tech’s biggest threats from states, Emily Birnbaum, Protocol 
US/China/Vaccine – The U.S.-China Global Vaccine Competition Derek Scissors & Dan Blumenthal | AEI

Research & Analysis

Nato/Proliferation – Reviewing NATO’s Non-proliferation and Disarmament Policy, by Katarzyna Kubiak | IAI  [PDF]
Nato/Digital – Cyber Defence in NATO Countries: Comparing Models, Alessandro Marrone and Ester Sabatino | IAI
OSCE – The Future of the OSCE, | The Wilson Center [PDF]
EU/Iran –Europe’s Defence of the Iran Nuclear Deal, by Riccardo Alcaro | The Intl Spectator || IAI | Taylor & Francis Research Insights
Covid19/Economy –Trade and Global Value Chains at the Time of Covid-19, Anna Maria Pinna & Luca Lodi | The Intl Spectator | IAI | Taylor & Francis Research Insights

 

Podcasts

UE/Iran – Europe’s Defence of the Iran Nuclear Deal: Less than a Success, More than a Failure

Your Wednesday Briefing

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.
Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 27, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Napoleon’s Kindle – See the Miniaturized Traveling Library He Took on Military Campaigns | Open Cultur
Book Review – Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law, by Deborah Pearlstein | War on the Rocks
Law’s Wars – The Fate of the Rule of Law in the US ‘War on Terror’ by Richard Abel | Cambridge University Press
Law’s TrialsThe Performance of Legal Institutions in the US ‘War on Terror’ by Richard Abel | Cambridge University Press

Must-Reads

COVID-19 – A Race Between Vaccines and the Virus as Recoveries Diverge, by Gita Gopinath | IMF
US – Our Radicalized Republic, Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux | FiveThirtyEight 
US/EU – Working With the Biden Administration: Opportunities for the EU, Rosa Balfour, et al., Carnegie Europe  
US/EU/China – Making the World Great Again: Europe, the United States, and China, Radek Sikorski | Lisbon Council 
EU/UK/Indo-Pacific – Can the EU and UK Cooperate in the Indo-Pacific, David Hutt | Internationale Politik Quarterly   
Global/Health – The Sting in COVID-19’s Tail, Tarek Ghani | Foreign Affairs  
Middle East/Europe – Arab spring, European winter, H.A. Hellyer | Politico  
Nuclear – Revitalizing nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and China, Robert Einhorn | Brookings  
Nuclear – Extending New START Should Be Just the Beginning, Megan Dubois, Gaurav Kalwani, Pranay Vaddi | Carnegie Endowment

Research & Analysis

US/Technology – Draft Final Report, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence 
China – A Remarkable Resemblance: Germany from 1900 to 1945 and China today. Time for a NATO for trade? Robert D. Atkinson, International Economy 
Kosovo/Serbia – Relaunching the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue | International Crisis Group 

Podcasts

US/Russia – Engaging the Evil Empire  War on the Rocks
China vs. Australia – Essential Geopolitics: China vs. Australia  Stratfor Worldview

Your Thursday Briefing

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
Martin Luther King, Jr.


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 21, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Samuel Beckett – The Wisdom of Surrender  Andy Wimbush, Aeon
Booksellers – Iconic Paris Bookshop Closes  Julia Webster Ayuso, The Guardian
LRB – Goodbye, Europe  Perry Anderson, London Review of Books
Postmodernism – Is Postmodernism Really Worthless?  Park MacDougald, Washington Examiner

Must-Read

US – Joe Biden’s Inauguration Speech Transcript, Washington Post
US – Donald Trump is Out. Are We Ready to Talk About How He Got In Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic 
US – What to Expect in Biden’s First 100 Days in Foreign Policy, Robbie Gramer, Amy Mackinnon, Jack Detsch, and Christina Lu, Foreign Policy   
US – Biden Wants to Unite the Country. How Can He Do It? Politico Magazine  
US – The Rebels Are Still Among Us, Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic   
Digital – 2021 Is the Year the Internet Gets Rewritten, Tyson Barker, Foreign Policy
Italy – Italy: No Political Crisis, But an Economic One, Valbona Zeleni, The Globalist
Russia – How to Contain Putin’s Russia, Michael McFaul, Foreign Affairs  
Health – Second report on progress, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, WHO
Health – Wealthy Countries Should Share Vaccine Doses Before It Is Too Late, Lawrence O. Gostin, Eric A. Friedman, and Suerie Moon, Foreign Affairs 
US/Afghanistan – Writing Off Afghanistan: Does Biden Have a Choice? Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS

Research & Analysis

Digital – A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Global Digital Economy, Robert D. Atkinson, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation 
US/Europe/Technology – Artificial divide: How Europe and America could clash over AI, Ulrike Esther Franke, ECFR 

   

Podcast  

What does President Biden mean for the EU-US relationship? Dan Hamilton, Global Europe Unpacked 
Essential Geopolitics: China vs. Australia  Stratfor Worldview
4 Principles to Guide U.S. Policy Toward China  ChinaFile

 


Your Wednesday Briefing

    « All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. »

Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 20, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Books – Bargaining over the Bomb: The Successes and Failures of Nuclear Negotiations, by William Spaniel, | Cambridge University Press
Livres – Le cri de Gaïa – Frédérique AÏT-TOUATI, Emanuele COCCIA | La Découverte Éditions
Livres – Les gardiens de la raison – Stéphane FOUCART, Stéphane HOREL, Sylvain LAURENS | La Découverte Éditions

Must-Reads

US – Francis Fukuyama still believes an « end of history », Michael Hirsh | Foreign Policy  
EU/US/ChinaHave you heard how the EU should have consulted with Washington before signing a deal with China? | Bruno Maçães
Digital – What the European DSA and DMA proposals mean for online platforms, Aline Blankertz and Julian Jaursch | Brookings  
EU/France/Digital – Brussels eclipsed as EU countries roll out their own tech rules, Laura Kayali and Mark Scott | Politico 
France – France issues charter for imams meant to fight ‘political Islam’, Pierre-Paul Bermingham | Politico 
EU/UK – A Brexit lesson: EU’s benefits, largely invisible, hurt to lose, John Lichfield, Politico  Global/Nationalism – The Nationalist International Is Playing the Long Game, Michael Thumann | Internationale Politik Quarterly   
US/Germany – Policing the police: Germany’s lessons for the U.S., Joseph P. Williams | U.S. News & World Report 
Germany – Merkel Minus Angela, Josef Joffe | Project Syndicate 
Germany – Laschet’s World, Henning Hoff | Internationale Politik Quarterly  
Germany/Europe – We’re not ready for Europe after Merkel, Mujtaba Rahman | Politico 
Germany/Health – Can We Stop a Super Coronavirus? Matthias Bartsch et al. | Der Spiegel  

Research & Analysis

Defense/Resilience – A Framework for Cross-Domain Strategies Against Hybrid Threats, Tim Sweijs, Samuel Zilincik, Frank Bekkers & Rick Meessen | Hague Centre for Strategic Studies 
US/Europe – The crisis of American power: How Europeans see Biden’s America, Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard | ECFR PDF 📥
US/Europe/Iran –A new transatlantic consensus on Iran, Luigi Scazzieri | Centre for European Reform 
Health/EU/Finland – An abrupt awakening to the realities of a pandemic: Learning lessons from the onset of Covid-19 in the EU and Finland, Mika Aaltola, Johanna Ketola, Aada Peltonen, and Karoliina Vaakanainen | Finnish Institute of International Affairs  

Podcast 

Frédérique Aït-Touati : « Vous entrez dans le Théâtre du Soleil, et vous perdez toute notion du temps »

A propos du livre « Les gardiens de la raison, enquête sur la désinformation scientifique »

Votre briefing du vendredi, par Azra Isakovic

In the post-Snowden world, you need to enable others to build their own cloud and have mobility of applications. That’s both because of the physicality of computing–where the speed of light still matters–and because of geopolitics.   Satya Nadella


Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know – Voici ce que vous devez savoir

Livres – Guerres Invisibles ; Nos prochains défis géopolitiques de Thomas Gomart – À paraître 21 Janvier 2021 chez Tallandier | HallDuLivre

Europe The European Coup by Perry Anderson | London Review of Books

Nuclear risksNuclear risks are growing, and there’s only one real solution By Victor Gilinsky | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Nuclear risks Revenge is a dish best served nuclear. US deterrence depends on it. |  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

EuropeEurope’s 2020 Pileup  David Herszenhorn & Hans Von Der Burchard & Jacopo Barigazzi, Pol. EU

La Transition BidenL’Amérique de Joe Biden : le calme après la tempête ? | IFRI

UK –What world is Brexit being launched into? Simon Kuper, Financial Times 

Romania/Hungary – Cooperation despite mistrust. The shadow of Trianon in Romanian-Hungarian relations, Kamil Calus, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)  

Eastern Mediterranean – Is there a new window of opportunity in the Eastern Mediterranean crisis? Galip Dalay, Brookings  

Europe/Gulf states/Iran – Gulf of difference: How Europe can get the Gulf monarchies to pursue peace with Iran, Cinzia Bianco, European Council on Foreign Relations 

Sweden/NATO – ‘NATO-option’ gets majority in Swedish parliament, Pekka Vanttinen, Euractiv   

US – President Joe Biden and the restoration of US global leadership: Turning the tide? Ville Sinkkonen, Charly Salonius-Palsternak, Bart Gaens, and Niklas Helwig, Finnish institute of International Affairs  

Saudi AramcoMissiles, bullying claims, a tragic death: what’s going on at Saudi Aramco? | Financial Times

Germany/ RussiaRüdiger von Fritsch became the German ambassador to Russia in 2014. A conversation about the art of diplomacy and drawings in Putin’s notepad by Jan Pfaff | taz

China/Europe – European organizers rejected China’s demands to exclude certain participants from an annual dialogue between CEOs, officials and academics | The Wall Street Journal

China/AustraliaThe Great China-Australia Divorce Has Arrived  Salvatore Babones, 1945

U.S./China – The U.S. Can’t Check China Alone  Odd Arne Westad, Foreign Affairs

The Biden TransitionBiden’s Curious Defense of Austin  Thomas Joscelyn, The Dispatch

China/TerrorismEvolution of China’s ‘Preventive Counterterrorism’  M. Clarke & S. Kam Li Yee, CGP

Arab SpringWhat’s the Legacy of the Arab Spring?  Kali Robinson, Council on Foreign Relations

US/AfghanistanHow We Could End This ‘Forever War’  James Stavridis, Time

Biden TransitionWhy the Premature Verdict on Lloyd Austin?  Bilal Saab, Middle East Institute

European Union/ The BalkansNorth Macedonia on the Threshold of Europe  Dimitar Bechev & Damir Marusic, AC

European Union/ Human Rights EU Has New Muscle to Flex on Human Rights  Jen Kirby, Vox

Biden TransitionWhy the Premature Verdict on Lloyd Austin?  Bilal Saab, Middle East Institute

Biden TransitionOn to the Next Presidency  George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

C’est tout pour ce briefing. À la prochaine.
Azra