Your Monday Briefing

“Absolute power demoralizes.”  Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, April 12, 2021

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Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Featured

Big Tech – Meet the Professor Who’s Warning the World About Facebook and Google, Sarah Brown | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Books

Social Psychology – The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills Jesse Singal | Amazon
Nationalism – 100 Best Nationalism Books of All Time |  BookAuthority
Review – Are We Living in an Age of Strongmen? David A. Bell | The Nation

Must-Reads

EU – Brussels faces battle on new pan-EU revenue sources, Sam Fleming and Jim Brunsden | Financial Times
Europe – Les Capitales | EURACTIV France @EURACTIV_FR
Turquie/Italie – La Turquie suspend des contrats italiens à la suite de commentaires de Mario Draghi | EURACTIV France
Iran – Blackout Hits Iran Nuclear Site in What Appears to Be Israeli Sabotage By Ronen Bergman, Rick Gladstone and Farnaz Fassihi | The New York Times 
US/Iran/JCPOA – Hawks preview strategy to oppose Biden’s ‘woke’ Iran policy, Matthew Petti | Responsible Statecraft
Social Psychology –The False Promise of Quick-Fix, Jesse Singal | The Wall Street Journal
Essay – Philip, Prince of Nowhere Ed West | UnHerd
US – Crisis of Command Risa Brooks, Jim Golby et Heidi Urben | Foreign Affairs
Pandemic – The Gaslighting of Science by Zeynep Tufekci | Insight
UK Security Review – A Post Mortem of a Disintegrated Review, Jack Watling  | RUSI
US/Iran/JCPOA – For true JCPOA re-entry, Biden must tear down this sanctions wall, Tyler Cullis | Responsible Statecraft
Technology –Europe in the Geopolitics of Technology, Alice Pannier | Ifri

Research & Analysis

Japan/Africa – Japan’s Economic Diplomacy in Africa: Between Strategic Priorities and Local Realities, Céline Pajon | Ifri
EU/Defence – Europe’s Missile Defence and Italy: Capabilities and Cooperation, Alessandro Marrone, Karolina Muti | IAI
UK Security Review – Defence in a competitive age | GOV.UK
Iraq – 18 Years of Terror and Destruction, by Hannah Mulhern and Razan al-Shammari | GICJ
Russia/China/Arctic – Partners, Competitors, or a Little of Both?  Jim Townsend and Andrea Kendall-Taylor | CNAS

Podcasts

Political Economy – The future of capitalism, Branko Milanovic  | AEI Economics

Strongmen – Mussolini to Present | YouTube

Your Friday Briefing

“Politics is not an exact science.” Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, April 9, 2021

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

Post-neoliberalism – The Revenge of Sovereignty on Government? The Release of Neoliberal Politics from Economics Post-2008, Will Davies | Theory, Culture & Society
Post-neoliberalism –Software, Sovereignty and the Post-Neoliberal Politics of Exit Harrison Smith, Roger Burrows | Theory, Culture & Society

Books

Xinjiang – Eurasian Crossroads – A History of Xinjiang, James A. Millward | Hurst Publishers
Middle East – The Middle East Crisis Factory – Tyranny, Resilience and Resistance, Ahmed Gatnash, Iyad El-Baghdadi | Hurst Publishers

Must-Reads

EU/US/Economy – Europe has a lot to learn from Joe Biden’s audacity, Philip Stephens | Financial Times
US🇺🇸/China🇨🇳/Taïwan🇹🇼 Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China, Michael Crowley | The New York Times
China – China’s Techno-Authoritarianism Goes Global  Maya Wang | Foreign Affairs
China/Myanmar – Will Beijing Intervene in Myanmar?  Abby Seiff | ChinaFile
China/Taiwan – Taiwan and the Use of Force: China’s Conundrum  Frank Ching | Japan Times
Myanmar – Myanmar’s Military Chooses Total Violence  Francis Wade | New Statesman
EU – Friends like these: How foreign policy could derail an alliance of Europe’s populist right, Pawel Zerka | ECFR
Russia/Ukraine – Kremlin saber-rattling in Ukraine: How the West should react, Steven Pifer | Brookings
Covid19/Vaccine – Germany starting talks to buy Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, by Jillian Deutsch | POLITICO Europe
Covid19/Vaccine – Britain’s vaccine success was supposed to lead to freedom. What happened? Kate Andrews | The Spectator

Research & Analysis

Post-neoliberalism –TCS Special Issue: ‘Post-neoliberalism?’ | Theory, Culture & Society  
Hardware Innovation – Labs Over Fabs: RISC-V’s Promise by Jordan Schneider | ChinaTalk
US/Security/Technology –Linking National Security and Innovation: Part 1, James Andrew Lewis | CSIS
Ukraine – Ukraine’s half-hearted reforms: What needs to change in the West’s approach? Arkady Moshes and Ryhor Nizhnikau | FIIA

Podcasts

UE🇪🇺/Turquie🇹🇷/Podcast🎧Entre démocratie et transactionnalisme | SWP Berlin

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

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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 Thursday Briefing

« A paranoid man is a man who knows a little about what’s going on. » William S. Burroughs


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday April 1, 2021

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Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured


COVID-19/Vaccine –Here’s how to get billions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world Chad P. Bown & Thomas J. Bollyky | Peterson Institute

Books

Ayn Rand – I Have Come to Bury Ayn Rand  David Sloan Wilson | Nautilus
Review –  Investing With Keynes  Philip Delves Broughton | The Wall Street Journal

Must-Reads

France –Macron Returns France to Lockdown as Vaccinations Lag, by Norimitsu Onishi and Constant Méheut | The New York Time
France/Defense – The French armed forces are planning for high-intensity war | The Economist
Germany/Health ‘We are a laughing stock’: Covid-19 and Germany’s political malaise, Guy Chazan | Financial Times
Suez – On the Suez Canal and Chokepoints  George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
US/Army – U.S. Army Goes to School on Nagorno-Karabakh  Jack Detsch | Foreign Policy
India – India Has a Stake in Myanmar  Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Indian Express
Cyberworld Order – Russia and China Try to Rewrite the Cyberworld Order  David Ignatius | WaPo
Russia/Italy – Russian Spy Case Escalates in Italy  | RFERL
Pakistan/India – Another Tactical Thaw in Pakistan-India Relations  Aryaman Bhatnagar |  WPR
China/EU – China’s New Bogeyman: Europe  Stuart Lau | Politico EU
US – The U.S. Cannot Be Choosy About Its Allies  Janan Ganesh | Financial Times
US/MBS – A Wiser U.S. Check on MBS’s Power  F. Gregory Gause III | Foreign Affairs
EU/Trade – Europe and the Prospects for WTO Reform, Jennifer Hillman and Alex Tippett | CFR
US –Biden unveils $2tn infrastructure plan and big corporate tax rise, James Politi | Financial Times

Research & Analysis

Disinformation – Critical Disinformation Studies | unc_citap
Europe/Deterrence – Europe’s Evolving Deterrence Discourse, Amelia Morgan and Anna Peczeli, eds. | LLNL /King’s College/SAIC
EU – The power surplus, Ignacio Garcia Bercero and Kalypso Nicolaidis | CEPS
UK/Digital – Why The Government’s Integrated Defence Review Risks Sounding Like “Cyber-Rattling”, Ciaran Martin | Prospect/forum.eu

Podcasts

Enjeux InternationauxLe Sri Lanka, théâtre de la rivalité Inde/Chine, Julie Gacon et Raphaëlle Khan | France Culture

France/Defense – The French armed forces are planning for high-intensity war | The Economist

Atlas Hugged – David Sloan Wilson talks about his new book | Simpol

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

There are two equalizers in life: the Internet and education. – John T. Chambers


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 23

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Featured

Essays – Geopolitics of a pandemic, by Helen Thompson | Engelsberg Ideas
Decarbonisation – Realism & Net-Zero: The EU Case Adam Tooze | Chartbook Newsletter #17


Books

About: Unsustainable Inequalities, by Adam Tooze | Dissent Magazine
Review – A Study of Edward Said, One of the Most Interesting Men of His Time, by Dwight Garner | New York Times Books
Clan/Power/UAE –  Reinventing the Sheikhdom, by Matthew Hedges | Hurst Publishers
Study – Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said, By Timothy Brennan | Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Must-Reads

Decarbonisation – Europe’s decarbonisation challenge, by Adam Tooze | Social Europe
EU/China – China’s sanctions over EU officials and entities are justified | Global Times
EU/China – EU-China deal spells trouble for Macron at home, by Giorgio Leali | POLITICO Europe
US/France/Sahel – How France and the US can work to stabilise the Sahel | ECFR
UK – Britain’s global pipe dream | ECFR
Economy – The American Rescue Plan as Economic Theory, J. W. Mason | Brave New Europe
China/Thailand – Plan to establish joint MRO facility, by Jon Grevatt | Janes
Digital – Google chante le requiem pour les cookies, mais le grand chœur du pistage résonnera encore | Framasoft
Biden Administration – The Fury of a Superpower in Decline  Graham Fuller | Responsible Statecraft

Research & Analysis

Arms Transfers – Trends in international arms transfers, 2020 | SIPRI
US/Europe/China – The China Plan: A Transatlantic Blueprint, Hans Binnendijk and Sarah Kirchberger | Atlantic Council
US/Turkey/SecurityA Dual Framework for the Turkey-U.S. Security Relationship, Şaban Kardaş and Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı, | German Marshall Fund  [PDF]

Podcasts

Climate –The Tragic Choices of Climate Change | Talking Politics | Acast

Decarbonisation –La neutralité carbone, c’est quoi | Ausha

Your Monday Briefing

“Politics is not an exact science.” Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, March 22

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Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

Recension – La blouse ne fait pas le savant, par Sophie Houdart | La Vie des idées
Review – A French History of Transhumanism, by Stanislas Deprez | Books & Ideas
World of Cyberweaponry – Weaponizing the Web, Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books

Featured

Covid19 – Guerre et Paix, par Giorgio Agamben | Quodlibet edizioni

Must-Reads

Ideas – Biden Chooses Prosperity Over Vengeance, Adam Serwer | The Atlantic
Japan/U.S. – Defense chiefs affirm cooperation over Taiwan emergency | Kyodo News
Big Tech – Democrats plan to bombard Big Tech | Axios
US/Russia – Без эмоций и иллюзий, Dmitri Trenin | Карнеги – Россия
Digital CurrenciesCentral banks’ uneasy embrace of digital currencies | Peterson Institute
South China Sea dispute –  Huge Chinese ‘fishing fleet’ alarms Philippines | BBC News
Turkey – Erdogan reverts to type with bank governor’s sacking, Ayla Jean Yackley | Financial Times
US –  Biden’s global, muscular liberalism | The Washington Post
UK – The disruptive rise of English nationalism | The Economist

Research & Analysis

US – U.S. Military Forces in FY 2021 Mark F. Cancian | CSIS
US/China – Trade War Tariffs: An Up-to-Date Chart  | Peterson Institute [PDF]

Podcasts

UE – Vers un “protectionnisme vaccinal” ? par Julie Gacon | France Culture

Your Friday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 19

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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 Thursday Briefing

“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 18

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Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Recension – « L’héritage des Lumières » par Blaise Bachofen | La Vie des idées
EssaysPaul Valéry and the Mechanisms of Modern Tyranny, Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody | The Hedgehog Review
Review –‘Talking to Strangers’ of Paul Auster’s by Zachary Houle

Must-Reads

Health/Security – Pathogens Have the World’s Attention: The United States Should Lead a New Push Against Bioweapons, Nathan Levine and Chris Li | Foreign Affairs
Post-pandemic recovery – Sequencing the Post-COVID Recovery | Robert Skidelsky
China/Taiwan – Will Taiwan’s Dongsha Islands Be the Next Crimea? by Shahn Savino | World Politics Review
ChinaChina’s Strategic Standpoint, by George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
US/Russia – Another Reason for Biden to Rethink Putin Strategy  F. Kempe, Atlantic Council
EU/Digital/Finance – The European Union, Cybersecurity, and the Financial Sector, Philipp S. Krüger and Jan-Philipp Brauchle | Carnegie
Ukraine/Russia – Merge and Rule: What’s In Store for the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics, Konstantin Skorkin | Carnegie Moscow Center
Deterrence – A Mom’s Guide to Coercion and Deterrence  Emma Ashford & Erica Borghard, AC
Hong Kong – Hong Kong’s Economic Future  Ho-fung Hung et al, ChinaFile
Germany – Merkel Destroyed Her Own Party  Jacob Heilbrunn, National Interest
UK – UK’s Vision Is Confident, Success Is Distant  Richard Whitman, Chatham House
UK – Strong Navy Is Critical to Global Britain  Jeremy Hutton & James Rogers, CapX

Research & Analysis

Digital/Democracy – Democracies Under Threat, Heidi Beirich and Wendy Via | GPAHE [PDF]
Energy – Oil 2021 Analysis and forecast to 2026 | IEA International Energy Agency
US – Foreign Threats to the 2020 US National Elections, | National Intelligence Council

Podcasts

Enjeux internationaux – Que cherchent les Etats-Unis dans « l’Indo-Pacifique » ? par Julie Gacon et Pierre Grosser | France Culture

Why The UK’s Post-Coronavirus Economic Recovery Will Not Be As Quick As Expected | Lord Skidelsky

Your Thursday Briefing

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules. Ross Perot


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 18

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

De la démocratie en Pandémie. Santé, recherche, éducation Barbara Stiegler | Gallimard
« De la démocratie en pandémie » de Barbara Stiegler | Le Monde

Must-Reads

Sahel – Sonnenfinsternis im Sahel, Issio Ehrich | ZEIT ONLINE
Germany/Russia –Russia holds the key to German sovereignty Pepe Escobar | Asia Times
US/China – Why U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Deal Flopped  Chad Bown, PIIE
US/Turkey – Small Steps Can Help Mend U.S.-Turkey Relations  David Lepeska, The National
US – Did Trump Permanently Change U.S. Foreign Policy?  Panel of experts, For. Affairs
Taiwan/Germany – Taiwan Doesn’t Owe Germany Any Help  Chang Feng-lin, Taipei Times
China/Vaccine – China: A Coronavirus Vaccine Superpower?  Ethen Kim Lieser, 1945
Martin Baron: « We Had To Be Much More Forthright about Trump » | DER SPIEGEL
Climate – To Fight Climate Change, Should Green Investors Reconsider Big Oil? | HBS Working Knowledge
Russia/Balkans – What Russia Wants In The Balkans, Zlatko Hadzidedic | Modern Diplomacy

Research & Analysis

South Korea – The Economic Pillar of Korea’s New Southern Policy, Françoise NICOLAS | Ifri [PDF]
UK/Diplomacy – UK Economic Diplomacy in the 21st Century | LSE [PDF]
UK/ChinaProtect, Constrain, Contest: Approaches for coordinated transatlantic economic and technological competition with China | LSE [PDF]
Europe/Afrique – Les relations Europe-Afrique à l’aune de la pandémie de Covid-19. | Fondation Schuman [PDF]

Podcasts

Santé –  De la démocratie en pandémie Barbara Stiegler