Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.
Charles W. Pickering

By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 15, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing


Books – Où suis-je ? Leçons du confinement à l’usage des terrestres, Bruno Latour | Éditions La Découverte


Outlook/Russia – What are the Kremlin’s priorities for 2021? By Dmitri Trenin | Defense News
US – Joe Biden needs an America-first foreign policy, Philip Stephens, Financial Times 
US/Afghanistan – The way forward in Afghanistan: How Biden can achieve sustainable peace and US security, James B. Cunningham, Hugo Llorens, Ronald E. Neumann, Richard Olson, and Earl Anthony Wayne, Atlantic Council 
US – The Insurrection Hiding in Plain Sight, Renee DiResta and Alex Stamos, Foreign Affairs 
US – This Impeachment Is Different, David A. Graham, The Atlantic   
Digital – Donald Trump shows the US needs a European approach to online regulation, Emily Bell, Financial Times 
Turkey/Balkans – Erdogan’s great game: Turkish intrigue in the Balkans, Valerie Hopkins and Laura Pitel, Financial Times 
EU/US/China – Why Europe’s China deal will poison transatlantic relations, Nicholas Vinocur, Politico   
Europe – For Central and Eastern Europe, Strategic Autonomy Isn’t Particularly Strategic, Candace Huntington, CEPA  

Research & Analysis

US/Intelligence – Maintaining the Intelligence Edge: Reimagining and Reinventing Intelligence through Innovation, CSIS Technology and Intelligence Task Force
Energy – Global Energy Perspective 2021, McKinsey PDF
Digital – Decoupling: Severed ties and patchwork globalisation, MERICS/European Chamber of Commerce in China PDF
Technology –Smart Partnerships amid Great Power Competition, Matthew Burrows and Julian Mueller-Kaler, Atlantic Council  
Technology/UK – UK AI Roadmap, UK AI Council 

Technology/UK – AI in the UK: No Room for Complacency, House of Lords
Russia – Russia’s Domestic Politics have Become Part of the West’s Russia Policy, Jussi Lassila, Finnish Institute of International Affairs


Enjeux internationaux – En Allemagne, la CDU choisit son nouveau président, par Julie Gacon | France Culture



Votre briefing du mercredi – Your Wednesday briefing

A daily newspaper should report the news, not play at geopolitics. Rafael Correa

Azra Isakovic

Wed 9 Dec 2020

Good Morning

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

Coronavirus/VaccineBlunders Eroded U.S. Confidence in Early Vaccine Front-Runner | The New York Time

The Biden TransitionBiden’s Choice For Pentagon Chief Further Erodes a Key U.S. Norm: Civilian Control | Glenn Greenwald

Covid19The Institutional Crisis and COVID-19, by George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures

Coronavirus/Vaccine  – Who gets it first? | International Politics and Society

EU/US/Digital – ‘Schrems II’: What Invalidating the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Means for Transatlantic Trade and Innovation, Nigel Cory, Daniel Castro, Ellysse Dick, ITIF

EU – Europe is right to risk a double ‘no deal’, Gideon Rachman, Financial Times 

US/Nuclear – Starting off on the right foot: Biden’s near-term arms control and strategic policy challenge, Frank A. Rose, Brookings 
US/Nuclear – Reviving Nuclear Arms Control Under Biden, Steven Pifer, American Ambassadors Review 

EU/UK – Britain is heading for a hard Brexit. Voters now prefer none at all, The Economist 

EU/Technology –EU vs Big Tech: Brussels’ bid to weaken the digital gatekeepers, Javier Espinoza, Financial Times 

US/Europe – A New Beginning with President Biden: Five German and European Priorities for the Transatlantic Agenda | SWP

Turkey/LibyaWhy Turkey Intervened in Libya by Jalel Harchaoui | Foreign Policy Research Institute 📥 PDF

Baltic Security: Managing Adversity Between Russia and Its Northern Neighbors YouTube

China Les nouveaux dazibao | Revue Esprit

US/China –The Trump State Department’s swan song? A strange, flawed China paper, Daniel Baer, Foreign Policy  

Europe/Defense –Europe Can Defend Itself, Barry R. Posen, Survival

US – The Reconstruction of America: Justice, Power, and the Civil War’s Unfinished Business, David W. Blight, Foreign Affairs

La laïcité – La laïcité, c’est quoi ? Retour au texte de 1905 avec Patrick Weil | France Culture

La laïcité, c’est quoi ? Retour au texte de 1905 avec Patrick Weil


Azra_Files : Your Wednesday Briefing

À force de ne jamais réfléchir, on a un bonheur stupide.

Jean Cocteau

Good morning

Here’s what you need to know today

Russia/Japan/ Russia deploys advanced S-300 missiles to disputed islands near Japan | Reuters

Russia/ Moldova/  Moscow Says Call To Leave Moldovan Breakaway Region ‘Irresponsible’ | Barron’s

EU/US – A new transatlantic bargain: An action plan for transformation, not restoration, Julien Barnes-Dacey, et al., European Council on Foreign Relations

China / Australia/ The World in a Vise: Sounding the Alarm on China, Then Running for Shelter By Damien Cave | The New York Times

NATO/China/ NATO should expand its focus to include China, a high-level assessment of the alliance’s future says | The Wall Street Journal

NATO – NATO 2030: United for a New Era. Analysis and recommendations of the Reflection Group appointed by the NATO Secretary General | NATO 

Technology/China/US – The Great 5G Race: Is China Really Beating the United States? Doug Brake and Alexandra Bruer, ITIF 

US/Asia-Pacific/Trade – Rebuild the Trans-Pacific partnership back better, Jeffrey J. Schott, PIIE   

EU/Security – CFSP: The capability-expectation gap revisited, Annegret Bendiek, Minna Ålander, and Paul Bochtler, SWP 

NATO/Europe/ The role of NATO for Europe’s defense Status and options for further development from a German perspective, by Claudia Major | SWP  https://www.swp-berlin.org/publikation/die-rolle-der-nato-fuer-europas-verteidigung PDF 📥 : https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/studien/2019S25_mjr_Web.pdf

EU – Still governing in the shadows? Member states and the Political & Security Committee in the post‐Lisbon EU foreign policy architecture Journal of Common Market Studies 

Europe/China – Europe wakes up to the China challenge, Lionel Barber, Nikkei Asia  

Digital/Europe – How nine digital frontrunners can lead on AI in Europe, McKinsey 

Digital/US/EU – EU-US Cybersecurity Policy Coming Together: Recommendations for instruments to accomplish joint strategic goals, Julia Schuetze, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung 

Disinformation – Tackling online abuse and disinformation targeting women in politics, Lucina Di Meco and Saskia Brechenmacher, Carnegie Endowment   

The Next Liberal Order The Age of Contagion Demands More Internationalism, Not Less By G. John Ikenberry | Foreign Affairs

Syria/ Air strike kills IRGC commander at Iraq-Syria border – Iraqi officials By Reuters Staff

Middle East/Yemen/ The Houthis and misuse of the terrorist organization list | Responsible Statecraft

Middle East/ Yemen/ UN: 11 children killed in 2 attacks in Yemen By AHMED AL-HAJ The Associated Press @AP

Dossier d’actualité de l’Ifri: Cop21 Paris 2015

cop21_002A la veille de l’ouverture de la COP21, le Sommet de Paris sur le climat, l’issue des négociations reste incertaine. La volonté politique de parvenir à un accord mondial n’a jamais été aussi forte, mais il faut encore trouver la voie du consensus sur de nombreux points comme la révision des objectifs nationaux de réduction des émissions ou encore le soutien financier aux pays en développement. Pour cet ultime rendez-vous, les 196 délégations devront dépasser les clivages historiques sur la répartition des efforts pour construire un modèle de coopération internationale novateur et durable.

Pour mieux comprendre ce qui se jouera au Bourget du 30 novembre au 11 décembre 2015, l’Ifri vous propose des éléments d’analyse sur les points clés de la négociation en cours ainsi que sur  la façon dont les questions de préservation du climat et de transition énergétique sont abordées dans différentes régions du monde.


Etudes / analyses :

Shaping Expectations to Foster the Low Carbon Transition: Can COP21 be a catalyst for action?, Carole Mathieu (Ifri), Rafaela Hillerbrand (KIT), Steve Pye (UCL), Insight_E Hot Energy Topic #11, October 2015
L’après COP21 – compte rendu de conférence, novembre 2015
India’s approach to climate negotiations: from the South to the North, Lydia Powell, Asie.Visions 79, septembre 2015
S’adapter au changement climatique, Marie-Claire Aoun, in RAMSES 2016, Ifri, septembre 2015                          

L’accord de Paris : des engagements contraignants ?, Carole Mathieu, in RAMSES 2016, Ifri, septembre 2015

Japan’s Energy and Climate Policy : Towards Dispelling the Uncertainties, Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe, Carole Mathieu, Note de l’Ifri,  juin 2015
China’s Coming of Age on Climate Change. Just in time for Paris?, Aurélie Faure-Schuyer, John Seaman, Note de l’Ifri, juin 2015
Looking Ahead to COP21: What Korea has done and what Korea should do, Suh-Yong Chung, Actuelle de l’Ifri, juin 2015
Le secteur des énergies fossiles face au risque carbone, Carole Mathieu, Actuelle de l’Ifri, avril 2015

De 2020 à 2030, de Copenhague à Paris: l’age de raison de la politique climatique européenne?, Carole Mathieu,Actuelle de l’Ifri, décembre 2014