Your Friday Briefing

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
Samuel Butler


By Azra Isakovic

Friday April 2, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

Biosecurity – WHO’s “exciting adventure” to find the origins of COVID-19 runs into trouble, Thomas Gaulkin, Matthew Field | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Books

The BiographyPHILIP ROTH, Blake Bailey, by Cynthia Ozick | The New York Times
À propos de – “Liberalism, Diversity and Domination, Kant, Mill and the Government of Difference”, Inder S. Marwah | Cambridge University Press

Must-Reads

EU/China – Watching China in Europe – April 2021, Noah Barkin | German Marshall Fund
China – Is It Too Late to Challenge China’s Belt and Road?  Howard French | WP Review
Russia – An Opportunity for Russia’s Northern Sea Route?  Sergey Sukhankin | Jamestown
China – The New China Shock  Mark Leonard | Project Syndicate
Digital/Finance – Who Needs a Digital Dollar?  Barry Eichengreen | Japan Times
US/Russia/Arctics – U.S.-Russian Arctic Relations: A Change in Climate? Heather A. Conley and Colin Wall | CSIS
Suez – The Next Suez Threat? a Big Hack  Victoria Coates & Robert Greenway | Bloomberg
Russia – Russia’s Extraterritorial Military Deployments  Jeff Hawn | Newlines
Russia – Cyber Deterrence Matters  Erica Borghard | Russia Matters
Ukraine – Russian Troop Movements on Ukraine Border Test Biden Administration, Thomas Grove and Alan Cullison | Wall Street Journal
Europe/Populism – Orban plots new populist alliance for European parliament, Valerie Hopkins, James Shotter, Davide Ghiglione | FT

Research & Analysis

EU/Digital/Trade – EU Digital Policy and International Trade, Rachel F. Fefer | Congressional Research Service
Trade –2021 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers | United States Trade Representative
EU/Digital – Europe’s Quest for Digital Sovereignty: GAIA-X as a Case Study, Simona Autolitano and Agnieszka Pawlowska | IAI


Podcasts

Europe – Scandinavie : des socio-démocrates nouvelle génération Florian Delorme | France Culture

Your Thursday Briefing

“The more identities a man has, the more they express the person they conceal.” John le Carré


By Azra Isakovic

February 04, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

European Social Democracy From Revolution to Reformism, by Adam Przeworski | Boston Review
European Social Democracy – Market Economy, Market Society by Adam Przeworski. | Phenomenal World

Opinion

Technocratic Despotism –  Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule’s Technocratic Despotism, Jason Blakely | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Must-Reads

#EU🇪🇺 – Europe’s ‘long-Covid’ economic frailty, by Adam Tooze | IPS
Energy – 5 Oil And Gas Predictions For 2021 | OilPrice.com
Italie – An Italian rescue mission for Mario Draghi | Financial Times
Brexit – Brexit Is Probably the United Kingdom’s Death Knell  Brent Peabody, Foreign Policy
UK/EU – Foreign Policy Cooperation: Brexit’s Missing Link, Luigi Scazzieri, Centre for European Reform
EU/Health EU Faces 100 Billion-Euro Price Tag for Bungled Vaccine Push, Alexander Weber, Bloomberg
EU/US – Open strategic autonomy: What’s in a name? Susan Danger, Euractiv
EU/US/China – EU goes soft on China in hopes of a climate ‘partnership’ while the US plays hardball, Karl Mathiesen, Politico
Digital – Advancing Data Governance in the G7, Matthew P. Goodman and Pearl Risberg, CSIS
Eastern Europe – Tackling frozen conflicts in the EU’s own neighbourhood, Bogdan Aurescu, EU Observer

Research & Analysis

Democracy – Global democracy has a very bad year | The Economist Europe/Mobility – European Mobility Atlas 2021: Facts and Figures About Transport and Mobility in Europe, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Central and Eastern Europe/China – The Chinese Economic Footprint in Central and Eastern Europe: Impact on Energy Transition and Climate, Center for the Study of Democracy
US/Deterrence – Forging 21st-Century Strategic Deterrence, Admiral Charles A. Richard, U.S. Naval Institute
China – Chinese State Capitalism, Jude Blanchette | Hinrich Foundation  📥  PDF
Technology – Digital technology and democratic theory,  | Data & Society 📥 PDF
China –Addressing Forced Labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region | CSIS 📥 PDF
EU/Economy/Energy – The geopolitics of the European Green Deal | Bruegel 📥 PDF

Podcasts

Sahel – «Projet d’expansion» d’al-Qaïda vers le golfe de Guinée avc Alain Antil | RFI

Russie – «La condamnation de Navalny va plutôt encourager un certain nombre de manifestations» avc Florent Parmentier, | RFI