Your Thursday Briefing

« Quelqu’un que vous avez privé de tout n’est plus en votre pouvoir. Il est de nouveau entièrement libre. »
Alexandre Soljenitsyne


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 04

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Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Economic Theology –The Spirit of French Capitalism | Charly Coleman | Stanford Press

War –  War Time Temporality and the Decline of Western Military Power Edited by Sten Rynning, Olivier Schmitt, and Amelie Theussen |  Brookings Institution

Must-Reads

EU – The EU’s perverse agenda in Bosnia, Toby Vogel Bodo Weber | EUobserver
US – Twilight of the American empire Aris Roussinos | UnHerd
Bitcoin/  Chartbook Newsletter #15 | Adam Tooze
US – The January 6 Insurrection, Domestic Terrorism, and Other Threats, Statement by Christopher Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation | FBI
US/China – China and the U.S. Tussle Over Southeast Asia  Economist
US/China – The U.S. and China: Avoiding Fear  Joseph Nye | Project Syndicate
UK/Asia-Pacific – UK Moves Endanger Australia’s Asia-Pacific Strategy  John Ravenhill | EA Forum US/India/Pakistan – How Will U.S.-India Ties Impact Pakistan?  Javid Husain | Dawn
Health – How to Make ‘Immunity Passports’ More Ethical, Nicole Hassoun, Anders Herlitz | Scientific American
Cryptocurrency Manufacturing – Cryptomining in Europe’s most disputed state, Alexander Clapp No. 52 | The Baffler

Research & Analysis

China/Western Balkans – Red Flags: Triaging China’s Projects in the Western Balkans, Heather A. Conley, Jonathan E. Hillman, Maesea McCalpin, Donatienne Ruy | CSIS
OSCE – Using the OSCE More Effectively: Ideas and Recommendations, Wolfgang Zellner | IFSH Hamburg
Trade – Multilateral Cooperation Behind the Trade War Headlines, Lucian Cernat and David Boucher | CEPS
Freedom/Democracy – Freedom in the World 2021: Democracy Under Siege | Freedom House
BitcoinOld Utopias, New Tax Havens: The Politics of Bitcoin in Historical Perspective, | Stefan Eich

Podcasts

Webinar – Early Modern Capitalism | H-France

Coronavirus – A Visual Guide to the New Coronavirus Variants

Your Wednesday Briefing

“Duty [is] not taught by the state.” Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, March 03

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Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

France – Communautarisme ? par Marwan Mohammed & Julien Talpin | Puf/Vie des idées
Algeria – Electric News in Colonial Algeria, by Arthur Asseraf | Oxford University Press
How Economics Spurred Witch Hunts in Germany  Johannes Dillinger, Aeon
Was There One Enlightenment or Many?  Jesse Norman, The Spectator USA
The Eclectic Travels of Albrecht Dürer  Laura Cumming, The Guardian

Must-Reads

War – What Civilization Owes to War  Dov Zakheim, National Interest
Ideas – Mars Is a Hellhole  Shannon Stirone, The Atlantic
Japan/CambodiaHow Japan Can Send a Strong Message to Hun Sen  Sam Rainsy, The Diplomat
Biden – Biden’s Brutal Choice on Afghanistan  Fred Kaplan, Slate
US/Saudi – A Realist Reset for U.S.-Saudi Relations  Richard Haass, Project Syndicate
France – Sarkozy Conviction Rocks French Conservatives Marion Solletty, Politico EU
Syria – Syria Strike Sparks New Debate Over War Powers  Robbie Gramer & Jack Detsch, FP
Germany/Bosnia and Herzegovina – Great power politics in Bosnia: How Berlin can stabilise a dysfunctional state, Majda Ruge, ECFR
Germany/Russia/Energy – Pass the Buck to Moscow: A Possible Solution to the Nord Stream 2 Conundrum, Wolfgang Ischinger, Der Spiegel 
Iran – For Iran, Nuclear Weapons Can Wait, by Hilal Khashan | Geopolitical Futures
US/China – The One-Sided War of Ideas With China  Robert Kaplan, Foreign Policy
US/China – Four Flashpoints in the U.S.-China Cold War  Hal Brands, Bloomberg

Research & Analysis

Technology – Final Report, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence
EU – European Strategic Autonomy: What It Is, Why We Need It, How to Achieve It, Nathalie Tocci, Istituto Affari Internazionale 

Podcasts

Rixes entre bandes – Les mécaniques de la violence | France Culture

Your Tuesday Briefing

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
Clarence Darrow


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 02

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Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Médias –L’Information est un bien public – Julia Cagé et Benoît Huet | Editions du Seuil
Censorship – Amazon Gets Into the Censorship Business  Roger Kimball, American Greatness
Censorship – Senators Ask Bezos Why Amazon Pulled Book  James Gordon, Daily Mail
Review – What Freud Got Right  Jess Keiser, The Washington Post

Must-Reads

Biden/MBS – Biden Lets a Saudi Murderer Walk  Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
Biden/MBS – Biden Fails to Make MBS a Pariah  Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg
Japan – Japan’s Fredo Corleone Moment Is Not Very Cinematic  William Pesek | Nikkei
Italy – Italy and Defense Under Draghi  Karolina Muti & Arturo Varvelli | ECFR
Tech War – Latin America Caught Up in U.S.-China Tech War  Oliver Stuenkel | Foreign Policy
Somalia – The Way Out of Somalia’s Political Impasse  Afyare Abdi Elmi | Al Jazeera
US/China/Asia/Europe – U.S. Enlists Allies to Counter China’s Technology Push, Bob Davis | Wall Street Journal
US/Climate – Clean Resilient States: The Role of U.S. States in Addressing Climate Action, Morgan Higman, Sarah Ladislaw, Nikos Tsafos | CSIS
UK – UK Regulation after Brexit, Hussein Kassim, Sean Ennis, Andrew Jordan, UK in a Changing Europe
Greece/Turkey – Why Greeks and Turks Fight, Costas M. Constantinou | Current History 
China/India – China Seems to Warn India the Lights May Go Out  D. Sanger & E. Schmall, NYT

Research & Analysis

Corruption – Turning the Tide on Dirty Money: Why the World’s Democracies Need a Global Kleptocracy Initiative, Trevor Sutton and Ben Judah, Center for American Progress 
Digital Cyber Threats 2020: A Year in Retrospect | PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC
Digital/Finance – Preconditions for a general-purpose central bank digital currency, Jess Cheng, Angela N. Lawson, and Paul Wong, U.S. Federal Reserve

Podcast

Médias – Comment démocratiser l’information ? | France Culture

Films

Srebrenica – “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Janine di Giovanni | Foreign Policy

Your Thursday Briefing

What we need is to use what we have. – Susan Sontag


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 25

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Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

France – À la ligne de Joseph Ponthus | Editions Table Ronde
France – La guerre des mots par Nicolas Framont, Selim Derkaoui, Antoine Glorieux | éditions le passager clandestin
US/China – The Great Decoupling by Nigel Inkster | Hurst Publishers

Must-Reads

EU – Chartbook Newsletter #13  by Adam Tooze
Khashoggi report – Biden set to call Saudi king, by HansNichols | Axios
Russia/Turkey – The biggest geopolitical shake-ups since the end of the cold war | The Economist
BigTech – Facebook and Australia both claim victory | The Economist
Capitalisme – Ce que le règne de McKinsey et des cabinets de conseil nous dit, par Nicolas Framont | Frustration magazine
US – ‘Great Power Competition’ is a Dangerously Simple Frame, C. Anthony Pfaff | Defense One
US/Defense/Europe/Africa – US to push troop synchronisation between Europe and Africa commands, Alexandra Brzozowski | Euractiv
Europe/China – China Faces European Obstacles as Some Countries Heed U.S. Pressure, Daniel Michaels and Valentina Pop | The Wall Street Journal

Research & Analysis

Tech Future – Improving Social Media | Scribd
Europe/Defense – Collective Collapse or Resilience? European Defense Priorities in the Pandemic Era, Corentin Brustlein (ed.) | IFRI
Africa – A Post-Covid-19 Reset: The Future of Africa’s Foreign Partnerships, By Judd Devermont | CSIS

Podcasts

Joseph Ponthus : « L’usine a enlevé tout le gras de mes textes » | France Culture
Joseph Ponthus – À la ligne : feuillets d’usine  | YouTube

Your Wednesday Briefing

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment. Margaret Mead


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, February 24

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Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

US/Foreign Policy – America’s massive military is predicated on imaginary threats | Foreign Policy
US/Foreign Policy – The Stupidity of War, by John Mueller | Cambridge University Press
The Tyranny of Merit – What Comes After Meritocracy? Elizabeth Anderson | The Nation

Must-Reads

US/Biden – Biden Says ‘America Is Back.’ Should It Be? By Stephen Wertheim | New York Times Opinion
AI – Chine : l’intelligence artificielle, porte d’entrée de la dictature de surveillance ? par Hubert Guillaud | internetactu
Fake News – “Fake news: A false epidemic?” | Le Monde diplomatique
Yemen – “Saudi-led coalition loses its grip on Yemen”, by Pierre Bernin | Le Monde diplomatique
US/China – Washington’s battle with Beijing is not one of investment or innovation but one of values, by Elise Labott | Foreign Policy
US/Iran/JCPOA – The Real Regional Problem With the Iran Deal by Trita Parsi | Foreign Affairs
Culture War – If You Thought the Culture War in the US and UK Was Dumb, Check Out France’s | VICE
Radical Philosophy – The Entire Archives of Radical Philosophy Go Online | Open Culture
US/China – US and allies to build ‘China-free’ tech supply chain | Nikkei Asia

Research & Analysis

US/Europe – Transatlantic Relations and European Strategic Autonomy in the Biden Era, by Garret Martin and Ville Sinkkonen | FIIA 📥 [PDF]
US/Security/Technology – National Security Policy, American Edge Project | Edge Project 📥 [PDF]
EU/Green Deal – The EU Green Deal and Its Industrial and Political Significance, By Hosuk Lee-Makiyama  | ECIPE 📥 [PDF]

Podcasts

Quartier Libre – «Surveiller et asservir» Vanessa Codaccioni

Your Friday Briefing

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, February 19

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Sociologie – Se ressaisir Rose-Marie LAGRAVE | Éditions La Découverte
Book – Byzantine Intersectionality, Roland Betancourt | Princeton University Press
Book Review – Byzantine Intersectionality, Roland Betancourt by Meaghan Allen | LSE Review of Books
This is Not Normal – The Collapse of Liberal Britain by William Davies | Verso Books
Kleptopia – How Dirty Money is Conquering the World Tom Burgis | Brave New Europe
Poutine – Poutine. La stratégie du désordre, I. Mandraud, J.Théron | Éditions Tallandier

Must-Reads

US – Ronald Reagan a-t-il vraiment « gagné la guerre froide » ? Pierre Grosser | The Conversation France
EU/Russia – Russia and Europe: the Current Impasse and the Way Out, by Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Rusia
Russia – The Role of Ideology in Foreign Policy, by Kristian Fors | Modern Diplomacy
US – A Superpower, Like It or Not  Robert Kagan, Foreign Affairs
US-China – How Will Biden Handle the Great U.S. Shift to Lesser Power?  Terry Su, SCMP
EU – The EU Is Much Less Wonderful Than It Thinks  Martin Ivens, Bloomberg
Canada – Trudeau’s Willful Blindness to Evils of Chinese Communism  John Robson, NP
China/Pakistan – What Happened to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?  M. Akbar Notezai, Dipl.
EU/China – The European Union has a new trade strategy  Bruno Maçães

Research & Analysis

US/China  – Understanding U.S.-China Decoupling: Macro Trends and Industry Impacts | U.S. Chamber of Commerce [PDF]
Cybersécurité La cybersécurité pour les TPE/PME en douze questions | ANSSI [PDF]
AI – Strengthening international cooperation on artificial intelligence, J. Meltzer C. Kerry | Brookings
AI – A blueprint for technology governance in the post-pandemic world, L. Signé & S. Almond | Brookings
Africa – The Great Reset: Relaunching African economies Landry Signé | Brookings [PDF]

Podcasts

Savoirs – Quand la sociologie émancipe, par Chloé Leprince | France Culture
Sciences Sociales – Entretien avec Rose-Marie Lagrave | Politika

Your Monday Briefing

The most important political office is that of the private citizen. Louis D. Brandeis


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, February 15

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

À propos de : « La ville néolibérale » de Gilles Pinson | Puf
The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe, by Dylan Riley | Verso Books

Must-Reads

Why liberal democracies do not depend on truth, par Dylan Riley | NewStatesman
Pandemic – Critical Thinking isn’t Just a Process | Zeynep Tufekci
Big Tech – The EU is about to make Facebook even worse Steven Hill | International Politics & Society
Why Trump isn’t a fascist  Richard J Evans | NewStatesman 
Seth Abramson’s viral meta-journalism unreality, Lyz Lenz | CJR
Is 2021 the year of NFTs? | Bruno Maçães
When Allies Go Nuclear | ForeignAffairs
Joe Biden’s growing frustration with Europe yanks Britain out of the doghouse | The Times
Bitcoin’s rise reflects America’s decline, by Rana Foroohar | Financial Times
Covid19 – WHO: COVID-19 didn’t leak from a lab. Also WHO: Maybe it did, by Filippa Lentzos | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Covid-19 – Covid-19 pandemic: China ‘refused to give data’ to WHO team | BBC

Research & Analysis

US/Nuclear Why is America getting a new $100 billion nuclear weapon? Elisabeth Eaves | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
US/Nuclear – Nuclear Modernization under Competing Pressures | CSIS PDF
EU – Rule-bending debates in recent Finnish EU policy: Pacta sunt servanda? Saila Heinikoski | FIIA PDF
US – How America Changed During Donald Trump’s Presidency | Pew Research Center

Podcasts

TIAN – Un tigre de papier, le traité d’interdiction des armes nucléaires? | RFI





Your Friday Briefing

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
Harry S Truman


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, February 12

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Science – Probable Impossibilities – Musings on Beginnings and Endings, by Alan Lightman | IndieBound
Book Excerpts –  ‘It Seems That I Know How the Universe Originated’ by Alan Lightman | The Atlantic

Must-Reads

China – China’s Inequality Will Lead It to a Stark Choice, By Branko Milanovic | Foreign Affairs
France/Europe – Macron’s Mini Me  Rym Momtaz, Politico EU
Health – Vaccines vs variants: the race to immunise the developing world | Financial Times
Health – The west should pay attention to Russia and China’s vaccine diplomacy | Financial Times
Health/Germany – How Germany Lost Control of the Virus, Anna Sauerbrey | New York Times
Germany/Russia/Energy – Nord Stream 2: construction resumes under pressure from sanctions | OSW
UK/Netherlands/Finance – Amsterdam ousts London as Europe’s top share trading hub | Financial Times
US/Economy – Bidenomics 101: Inside the White House’s Plans to Bring Jobs Back | New York Times Magazine
EU/Technology – EU Weighs Deal With TSMC, Samsung for Semiconductor Foundry | Bloomberg
Sweden/China – EU’s front line with China: Stockholm | Politico
Norway/Russia – Norway intelligence warns , | Barents Observer
Europe – The challenges of European identity | Martin Sandbu | Financial Times
Armenia/Azerbaijan | Unfinished Business in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict, T. de Waal | Carnegie Europe
US/Iran – A World Where Iran Is Always ‘On the Brink’  Assal Rad, Responsible Statecraft
China/Pandemic – How Beijing Faced the Outbreak  ChinaFile


Research & Analysis

EU/Economy – Winter 2021 Economic Forecast | European Commission
Health/US – Public policy and health in the Trump era, Steffie Woolhandler, et al. | Lancet Commission
China/Taiwan – The Most Dangerous Flashpoint in the World  Robert Blackwill & Philip Zelikow, CFR

Podcasts

Covid, saison 3 (4/4) : Tourisme d’hiver : la pente glissante | France Culture

Your Thursday Briefing

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Caskie Stinnett


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 11

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Michel Foucault“The Last Man Takes LSD – Foucault and the End of Revolution” by Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora | Verso Books
Pandémie – Les capitalismes à l’épreuve de la pandémie, par Robert Boyer  | Éditions La Découverte

Must-Reads

Welfare State – « Welfare without the welfare state »: the death of the postwar welfarist consensus, by Anton Jäger & Daniel Zamora | NewStatesman
Nord Stream 2 – The Battle of Nord Stream 2 Narratives  Michael Richter | Riddle
China – The Roots of Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang  Sean Roberts | Foreign Affairs
Pandemic – Merkel’s Pandemic Failure  Markus Feldenkirchen | Der Spiegel
Taiwan –  The State Department’s Bipartisan Taiwan Diplomacy  Jimmy Quinn | Nat’l Review
Trump – Trump’s Worst 2 Military Mistakes for Biden to Fix  Bradley Bowman | Foreign Policy
Technology – Innovation Wars, Christopher Darby and Sarah Sewell | Foreign Affairs
Digital – Competing with China’s Digital Silk Road, Jonathan E. Hillman | Center for Strategic and International Studies
Digital/NATO – Cyber Defence in NATO Countries: Comparing Models, Alessandro Marrone and Ester Sabatino | Istituto Affari Internazionali
Health/Europe – Why Europe Is Falling Behind on Vaccines, Eyck Freymann, Elettra Ardissino, Foreign Policy
US/Yemen – Accomplice to Carnage: How America Enables War in Yemen, Robert Malley and Stephen Pomper, Foreign Affairs
Energy – How tech went big on green energy, Leslie Hook and Dave Lee, Financial Times
Energy – Biden faces climate dilemma over LNG exports to Europe, Dave Keating and Justin Gerdes, Energy Monitor
Climate – Welcome to the Era of Competitive Climate Statecraft, Carolyn Kissane, Foreign Policy
China/Central and Eastern Europe – China’s Eastern Europe Strategy Gets the Cold Shoulder, Stuart Lau, Politico
Black Sea – Strategic sovereignty in the EU’s Southeastern neighborhood: The Black Sea as part of a larger geopolitical region, Stefan Meister | Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Research & Analysis

Proliferation – Strategic Risk Reduction between Nuclear-Weapons Possessors, by  Corentin Brustlein | IFRI 📥 PDF
France/Defense – Rethinking our Defense in the Face of 21st Century Crises, Institut Montaigne 📥 PDF
US/OSCE – United States of America General Elections | OSCE
US/EU/India – Paths to Post-Pandemic Partnership, Mihir Swarup Sharma, German Marshall Fund
EU/India – The EU-India Partnership: Follow-up, Focus, and Free Trade, Maurice Fermont, German Marshall Fund

Podcasts

Covid, saison 3 (3/4) : Etats-Unis : la paupérisation qui vient |  France Culture

Your Tuesday Briefing

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Ambrose Bierce


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 09

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

About : Le temps du paysage. Aux origines de la révolution esthétique, Jacques Rancière | La Fabrique, by Laurent Folliot | Books & Ideas
À propos de : Techno-féodalisme. Critique de l’économie numérique de Cédric Durand, par Thibault Darcillon | La Vie des idées


Ukrainian Business – Exclusive: First ‘Excerpt’ From Hunter Biden’s Memoir  Kyle Smith, New York Post

Must-Reads

OpenLux – Entre la France et le Luxembourg, une faille fiscale pour l’immobilier de luxe | Le Monde
OpenLux/Luxembourg – Shedding Light on Big Secrets in Tiny Luxembourg, Antonio Baquero, Maxime Vaudano, Cecilia Anesi, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
France – How consultants like McKinsey took over France, by Paul de Villepin & Elisa Braün | POLITICOEurope
US/China – Why is Biden proposing a massive stimulus plan for … Chinese manufacturers? | Bruno Maçães
China – China Ends the Clubhouse Spring  Melissa Chan, Foreign Policy
Digital/US – US’s flawed approach to 5G threatens its digital future, Eric Schmidt, Financial Times
US/Russia –Dealing With Biden’s America, by Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Russia
Digital/US – How the United States Lost to Hackers, Nicole Perlroth, New York Times
Technology/China –From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards, Valentina Pop, Sha Hua and Daniel Michaels, The Wall Street Journal
EU/Energy/Climate – EU urged to quit energy treaty as companies sue over climate action, Mehreen Khan, Financial Times
China/Central and Eastern Europe – Baltic vs. Beijing: Lithuania, Estonia snub Xi’s eastern summit, Stuart Lau | Politico
Yemen – Accomplice to Carnage in Yemen  Robert Malley & Stephen Pomper, Foreign Affairs

Research & Analysis

UK/China –  Inadvertently Arming China? by Radomir Tylecote & Robert Clark | Civitas think tank 📥 [PDF]


Technology/China – China, Europe and the New Power Competition over Technical Standards, Tim Rühlig | Swedish Institute of International Affairs
US/Africa – Ideas for Policy on Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia  R. Satloff & S. Feuer, Wash. Ins.

Podcasts

Covid, saison 3 (1/4) : L’Europe des vaccins : la grande cacophonie | France Culture