Your Wednesday Briefing

J’ai réinventé le passé pour voir la beauté de l’avenir.
Louis Aragon.


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, March 31

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Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Featured

In honour of David Graeber – Free us from the Roving Cavaliers of Credit, Steve Keen | Brave New Europe

Books

À propos de : « Sociologie historique du capitalisme » | La Decouverte, par Hervé Joly | La Vie des idées
Book Review –Heterodox Challenges in Economics Sergio Cesaratto, by M. D. Rose | Brave New Europe
Book Review –Claremont’s Constitutional Crisis, R. Shep Melnick | Law & Liberty
Review – Work Won’t Love You Back Sarah Jaffe | Hurst Publishers, by Marzena Zukowska

Must-Reads

WHO/Covid19 –Joint Statement on the WHO-Convened COVID-19 Origins Study | United States Department of State
Covid19 – The Fourth Surge Is Upon Us. This Time, It’s Different, by Zeynep Tufekci | The Atlantic
China/Russia – An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order, Steven Lee Myers | The New York Times
Russia/China/US – Here’s How Russia and China Are Helping the U.S., by Yasmeen Serhan | The Atlantic
EU/US/China –The Fragility of Europe’s China Strategy, Adam Tooze | Internationale Politik Quarterly
Germany – Stepping Into the 21st Century, Thierry de Montbrial | Internationale Politik Quarterly
US/India – Unresolved Questions in U.S.-India Relations  Anita Inder Singh | Lowy Institute
EU/US – Why the EU Is Still Wary of America  | Economist
China/Cyberspace – Did China Cross a Red Line in Cyberspace?  M. Montgomery & T. Logan | SG
US/Iran/China – How U.S. Pushed China & Iran Together  Amir Handjani | Responsible Statecraft
US/Russia/China – A Second Cold War Is Tracking the First  Gideon Rachman | Financial Times
France – The Paris Commune Lives On in French Politics  Robert Zaretsky | Foreign Affairs
US/Russia – No Emotions or Illusions: The Future of U.S.-Russian Relations, Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Moscow Center

Research & Analysis

EU –Is there a populist foreign policy? Angelos Chryssogelos | Chatham House
US/EU/Digital – How to Build Back Better the Transatlantic Data Relationship, Nigel Cory and Ellyse Dick | ITIF
US/CinaThe Case for Legislation to Out-Compete China, Robert D. Atkinson | ITIF
China/EU/US/Climate –China, EU and US cooperation on climate and energy, Antony Froggatt and Daniel Quiggin | Chatham House

Podcasts

Surveillance numérique –  Géopolitique de la surveillance numérique | France Culture

Your Monday Briefing

“The main thing is to make history, not to write it.”
Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, March 29

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Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Featured

Misinformation – How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared, by Renee DiResta | Wired

Books

Ideas – Conservatism: A View from Sweden  | University Bookman
Biography – Making of a Cold War President  Jason K. Duncan | University Bookman
Review – “The World Turned Upside Down”, by Branko Milanović | Brave New Europe

Must-Reads

Big Tech – The mess at Medium, Casey Newton | The Verge
Autocracy – Why the International Order Is Tilting to Autocracy  A. Cooley & D. Nexon | For. Aff.
UK – Is the United Kingdom Still a Nation?  Henry Hill | Spectator
Suez – In Suez Canal, a Warning About Excessive Globalization  Peter Goodman | NYT
Suez – With Suez Canal Blocked, Shippers Begin End Run Around a Trade Artery Peter S. Goodman & Stanley Reed | New York Times  
China – « La Chine devient plus que jamais une puissance clivante » Alice Ekman  | Le Monde
China/Iran – China, With $400 Billion Iran Deal, Could Deepen Influence in Mideast by Farnaz Fassihi et Steven Lee Myers | New York Times
US –How the United States’ legal community became global oligarchs’ most useful enablers, Alexander Cooley & Casey Michel | Foreign Policy
Pandémie – Avec la pandémie, l’Occident perd du terrain face aux régimes autoritaires chinois et russe, Cyrille Bret, Florent Parmentier | Slate.fr

Research & Analysis

History –Austerity and the Rise of the Nazi Party | Cambridge University Press
History –Testing Marx. Income Inequality, Concentration, and Socialism in Late 19th Century Germany | Center for Open Science @OSFramework
EU/Economy – The Corona Debt Conundrum in the Eurozone, Paweł Tokarski and Alexander Wiedmann  |  SWP

Podcasts

Revue de presse internationaleQuelles leçons tirer des embouteillages au canal de Suez ?  Camille Magnard | France Culture

Libya – Can Libya’s New Unity Government Transcend the Divides? | SWP

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

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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 Thursday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 25

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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

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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 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 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 Monday Briefing

Ils pensaient que j’étais surréaliste, mais je ne l’ai jamais été. Je n’ai jamais peint de rêves, je n’ai peint que ma propre réalité. Frida Kahlo


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, March 15

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Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

UK/Danubian Europe – Britain and Danubian Europe in the Era of World War II, 1933-1941, by Andras Becker | Palgrave Macmillan
Populism – Populism Michael Burleigh | Hurst Publishers
Diplomacy –Selling Weimar German Public Diplomacy and the United States, 1918–1933, Elisabeth Piller | GHI Washington

Must-Reads

Economy – Joe Biden’s stimulus is a high-stakes gamble for America and the world  | The Economist
Diplomatie – La diplomatie culturelle et la crise des 20 ans de l’Europe, par Benjamin G. Martin et Elisabeth Marie Piller | Contemporary European History
Philanthropie  – Dans la nébuleuse de la fondation Bill & Melinda Gates, Agnès Stienne | Visions carto
Russia/Libya – Russia on the Eve of a Collapse in Libya  Anton Mardasov & Kirill Semyonov | Riddle
Indo-Pacific – America’s Indo-Pacific Folly  Van Jackson | Foreign Affairs
Africa – What’s Going On in Senegal?  Christina Lu | Foreign Policy
Covid19 –How Many COVID Deaths Have Been Unnecessary?  Graham Allison | National Interest
Finance & Economics –Chartbook Newsletter #16 | Adam Tooze

Research & Analysis

US/Russia – The Future of U.S.-Russian Arms Control | CSIS  [PDF]
Macroeconomics –  Low interest rates in Europe and the US: one trend,  two stories, by Maria Demertzis and Nicola Viegi | Bruegel  [PDF]
US/China – Securing the Subsea Network, by Jonathan E. Hillman  | CSIS  [PDF]
Neoliberalism – Perfect Capitalism, Imperfect Humans: Race, Migration and the Limits of Ludwig von Mises’s Globalism, Quinn Slobodian | Contemporary European History | Cambridge Core [PDF]

Podcasts

Diplomacy – Selling Weimar German Public Diplomacy and the United States, 1918–1933, Dr. Elisabeth Piller | German Society of PA

Economy – Joe Biden’s stimulus is a high-stakes gamble for America and the world  | The Economist

Your Friday Briefing

History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonaparte


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 12

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Review Essay –  A Tyranny Without Tyrants  Patrick J. Deneen, American Affairs
After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed by Andrew Bacevich | Metropolitan Books
Nonfiction – How Sir Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth I Made England a Global Power, by Nigel Cliff | The New York Times
Nonfiction – In Search of a Kingdom – Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire By Laurence Bergreen | HarperCollins

Must-Reads


UK –The Green New Deal’s time has come – but where has Labour’s radicalism gone? Adam Tooze | The Guardian
Carbon dioxide –The Negative Part of Net Zero, Noah J. Gordon | Internationale Politik Quarterly
Quad/Indo-Pacific – How Biden Can Make the Quad Endure, Evan Feigenbaum, James Schwemlein | Carnegie Endowment
India/China – China’s Himalayan Salami Tactics Are Working  Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate
India/China – India and China Need More Than a Border Pullback  Anubhav Gupta, WP Review
Quad/Indo-Pacific – Is the Quad for Real? We’ll Know More on Friday  Salvatore Babones, Foreign Policy
Biden/Blob – On Shedding an Obsolete Past, Andrew Bacevich | TomDispatch

Quad/Indo-Pacific – The Future of the Quad Is Bright  Jeff M. Smith, RealClearWorld
Balkans – Ethnic Engineering in the Balkans  Aleksandar Brezar, Al Jazeera
Space – Avoiding the Folly of a U.S.-China Space Race  Zhou Bo, SCMP
Taiwan – Supply Chains Critical to Taiwan’s Security  James Lee, East Asia Forum
Data Protection – How Europe’s Intelligence Services Aim to Avoid the EU’s Highest Court | Lawfare
EU/Digital – Why Europe’s Digital Decade Matters by Margrethe Vestager, and Josep Borrell | Project Syndicate

Research & Analysis

AI/Data – Auditing employment algorithms for discrimination, Alex Engler | Brookings Institution
EU/Russia/Counterterrorism – Blurry Counterterrorism: A Chance for Russia, A Risk for Europe, Miriam Heiß | DGAP
EU-China –Towards a Fair and Reciprocal Partnership |  EPP Group

Podcasts

Le Cours de l’histoire – Que nous réserve l’avenir ? Xavier Mauduit | France Culture


Your Thursday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 11 2021

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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