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

Good morning

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

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 Tuesday Briefing

Un éditeur qui entre dans son bureau préfère y trouver un cambrioleur qu’un poète.
Jean Cocteau


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 30

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Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Featured

Economy – A simultaneously expanding and shrinking world, by Branko Milanovic | Social Europe

Books

Feminism – Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, by Rafia Zakaria | Bookshop.org
Review – Derrida and the New Left  Andrew Marzoni, | The Baffler
Review – A French Touch in the Sociology of Wealth, by Nicolas Duvoux  | Books & Ideas

Must-Reads

EU/US/Technology/Defense – Europe and the United States should cooperate more on AI for defense, Benjamin Mueller | Center for Data Innovation
Economy – Chip crisis highlights supply chain new order as carmakers lose out, Peter Campbell and Kana Inagaki | Financial Times
Germany/Russia – The last bridge, The Economist
US – U.S. Doesn’t Treat Its Allies Right  Kori Schake | The Atlantic
China/Taiwan – China Could Decide to Invade Taiwan Soon  R. Jordan Prescott | 1945
Biden – The Puzzle of Biden’s ‘Middle Class Foreign Policy’  Edward Luce | Financial Times
India – India’s Dangerous Myanmar Policy  Sudha Ramachandran | The Diplomat
China – There Will Be No China Reset  Rachel Cheung & Benjamin Wilhelm | WP Review
Germany – The Return of German Politics  Joschka Fischer | Project Syndicate
Russia/AI – Artificial Intelligence in the Russian Army  Pavel Luzin | Riddle
Nato/Asie – Where’s the Asian NATO?  Jack Detsch | Foreign Policy
Middle East – Focus on Influence, Not Power, in the Middle East  Jon Alterman | CSIS
China – China’s Go-It-Alone Five-Year Plan  George Magnus | Japan Times
Europe – Why Europe should spend big like Biden, Christian Odendahl and John Springford | Centre for European Reform

Research & Analysis

US/Digital – Broken trust: Lessons from Sunburst, Trey Herr, Will Loomis, Emma Schroeder, Stewart Scott, Simon Handler and Tianjiu Zuo | Atlantic Council
Europe/Digital – Digital Futures for Europe, Meelis Kitsing | ECIPE
NATO – NATO Partnerships for Women, Peace, and Security, Lisa A. Aronsson | Atlantic Council Taxation/Climate Justice – A European Wealth Tax Policy Study | FEPS
Taxation/Climate Justice – A European Wealth Tax Policy Study – Appendix | FEPS

Podcasts

Talking Politics – Schmitt on Friend vs Enemy | Acast

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 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 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 Wednesday Briefing

“Political economy cannot be supreme arbiter in politics. Else you might defend slavery where it is economically sound and reject it where the economic argument applies against it.”
Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, March 17

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Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Rights in America – How Rights Went Wrong by Jamal Greene | HMH Books & Media
About: Pour Bourdieu – Is Bourdieu’s Theory Too Deterministic? by Bridget Fowler | Books & Ideas
Essay – The Rising Invisible Majority – When Fiction Meets Social Science, by Alessandro Arrigoni & Emanuele Ferragina | Books & Ideas
Diplomacy – The Back Channel, William J. Burns | Hurst Publishers
Essays – Fascism and Analogies — British and American, Past and Present Priya Satia | LA Review of Books

Must-Reads

US/China – U.S.-China Rivalry: A Matter of Principles  Hal Brands & Zack Cooper | Foreign Affairs
US/China – U.S. Views of China as Enemy Soar Mohamed Younis  Gallup
US/Europe/EconomicGapEurope and the US are drifting further apart | Financial Times
NATO – How to Revitalize NATO’s Political Cohesion, Rachel Ellehuus and Pierre Morcos | CSIS US/China – US and China seek a reset in Anchorage, Stephen Olson | Hinrich Foundation
Australia/China – Can Australia Fix Supply Chain Dependence on China?  David Uren, ASPI
US/China – Era of U.S.-China Competition Can Be a Global Boon  Aravinda Korala, SCMP
North Korea – North Korea’s Hackers Run Wild  Morten Soendergaard Larsen, Foreign Policy
Ouad – A Story for the Quad  Indian Express
China/Nukes – On China’s Nukes, Numbers Aren’t Everything  P. Vaddi & A. Panda, Defense One
Turkey/UAE – Useful Enemies: Turkey and the UAE , Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Cinzia Bianco | ECFR

Research & Analysis

Energy – Energy Transitions Outlook 2021 | IRENA
Europe/Health/Economy – Rethinking Policy Priorities in the light of Pandemics | Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development
US/Defense – Statement of General Glen VanHerck | Senate Armed Services Committee
Europe/Defense –  Western Military Capability in Northern Europe 2020: Part I Collective Defence, Eva Hagström Frisell, et al., Swedish Defence Research Agency
Northern Europe/Defense – Western Military Capability in Northern Europe 2020: Part II National Capabilities, Eva Hagström Frisell, et al., Swedish Defence Research Agency
Arms – Trends in International Arms Transfers, Pieter D. Wezeman, Alexandra Kuimova and Siemon T. Wezeman | SIPRI
UK – Global Britain in a competitive age: The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy | HM Government

Podcasts

Pierre Bourdieu (1/2) – « Egalité ou inégalité des chances en matière d’éducation ? » | France Culture

Your Tuesday Briefing

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime. Jack Kerouac


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 16

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Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Seshat Histories – History of the Axial Age by Daniel Hoyer, Jenny Reddish | Seshat
John le Carré My father was famous as John le Carré, Nick Cornwell  | The Guardian
Reading – Reading in a complex media-driven world | Tressie McMillan Cottom

Must-Reads

History Databank – Cleaning History Data: The Conflict Catalogue, by Jill Levine | Seshat
US/Digital – Why America Needs a Tech New Deal, by Nicol Turner Lee | Democracy Journal
Covid-19 – Capitalising on a crisis? by Brett Meyer | LSE EUROPP blog
NATO/China🇨🇳 – China’s rise is exactly the kind of threat NATO exists to stop, by Sara Bjerg Moller | Washington Post Opinions
US – How the 2020 census may help Republicans regain power in Washington | The Economist
Privacy – The UK is secretly testing a controversial web snooping tool, by Matt Burgess | WIRED UK
Brief – Russia’s Foreign Minister Visits Gulf States | Geopolitical Futures
Vaccination – I’ll take the « hippie dippy wishful thinking » case for vaccinating the worl | Zeynep Tufekci

Research & Analysis

US/Health/Economy/Defense – COVID-19 Impacts on Defense Supply Chains and the Defense Industrial Base, Bill Edgar | National Institute for Public Policy
Australia/Tech/Quad – Networked: Techno-Democratic Statecraft for Australia and the Quad, by Martijn Rasser | CNAS
US – The Department of Homeland Security: Priorities for Reform | CNAS
Defence – Sweden’s security -The long way towards total defence, by Justyna Gotkowska | OSW [PDF]

Podcasts

Au Quad! – Les origines de «l’Indo-Pacifique» | ChinaTalk

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

Good morning

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