Your Wednesday Briefing

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.
Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 27, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Napoleon’s Kindle – See the Miniaturized Traveling Library He Took on Military Campaigns | Open Cultur
Book Review – Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law, by Deborah Pearlstein | War on the Rocks
Law’s Wars – The Fate of the Rule of Law in the US ‘War on Terror’ by Richard Abel | Cambridge University Press
Law’s TrialsThe Performance of Legal Institutions in the US ‘War on Terror’ by Richard Abel | Cambridge University Press

Must-Reads

COVID-19 – A Race Between Vaccines and the Virus as Recoveries Diverge, by Gita Gopinath | IMF
US – Our Radicalized Republic, Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux | FiveThirtyEight 
US/EU – Working With the Biden Administration: Opportunities for the EU, Rosa Balfour, et al., Carnegie Europe  
US/EU/China – Making the World Great Again: Europe, the United States, and China, Radek Sikorski | Lisbon Council 
EU/UK/Indo-Pacific – Can the EU and UK Cooperate in the Indo-Pacific, David Hutt | Internationale Politik Quarterly   
Global/Health – The Sting in COVID-19’s Tail, Tarek Ghani | Foreign Affairs  
Middle East/Europe – Arab spring, European winter, H.A. Hellyer | Politico  
Nuclear – Revitalizing nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and China, Robert Einhorn | Brookings  
Nuclear – Extending New START Should Be Just the Beginning, Megan Dubois, Gaurav Kalwani, Pranay Vaddi | Carnegie Endowment

Research & Analysis

US/Technology – Draft Final Report, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence 
China – A Remarkable Resemblance: Germany from 1900 to 1945 and China today. Time for a NATO for trade? Robert D. Atkinson, International Economy 
Kosovo/Serbia – Relaunching the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue | International Crisis Group 

Podcasts

US/Russia – Engaging the Evil Empire  War on the Rocks
China vs. Australia – Essential Geopolitics: China vs. Australia  Stratfor Worldview

Your Friday Briefing

Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader.
Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 22, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Livres – « L’extrême centre ou le poison français – 1789-2019 » de Pierre Serna | Éditions Champ Vallon
Verso Books – How Derrida and Foucault became the most misunderstood philosophers of our time, By Peter Salmon | Prospect Magazine

Revues

Revues – Insécurité collective – La Crise de multilatéralisme, Questions internationales, N° 105 Serge Sur, Sabine Jansen | La Documentation française

Must-Reads 

US – The Last Chance for American Internationalism, Hal Brands | Foreign Affairs   
US – The outlook for America looks grim, but that could quickly change, The Economist   
US/Nuclear – Proportionate Deterrence: A Model Nuclear Posture Review [ Carnegie Endowment
Europe/Health – What do vaccination passports mean for Europe?  | Wolff, Bruegel 
Turkey/Eastern Mediterranean – What Erdogan Really Wants in the Eastern Mediterranean | Foreign Policy   
Black Sea – The Black Sea…Or a Black Hole? Ben Hodges, CEPA

EU/China/Investment – The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment: One Deal, Two Realities, Didi Kirsten Tatlow, DGAP   
EU/China/US – Transatlantic Awakening: Why Europe and China are Creating a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, Valbona Zeleni and Joseph Vann, National Interest 
Eastern Partnership – The Eastern Partnership: Three dilemmas in a time of troubles, Bob Deen, Wouter Zweers, and Iris van Loon (eds.), Clingendael 
China – Beijing’s Parting Gift to Former Trump Officials  Jimmy Quinn, National Review
Russia – A Vision for Russia  Gordon Humphrey & Joe Lieberman, The Hill
US/Japan – How Biden Should Support the U.S.-Japan Alliance  Andrew Erickson, 1945

  

Research & Analysis

France/Africa – Operation Barkhane and the Future of Intervention in the Sahel, Denis M. Tull, SWP
EU – The European economic and financial system: fostering openness, strength and resilience, European Commission 
US/Climate – Choosing Wisely: How the Biden Administration can Build a Better Coalition on International Energy and Climate Policy in a Post-COVID World, David Goldwyn and Andrea Clabough, Atlantic Council   

   


Your Thursday Briefing

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
Martin Luther King, Jr.


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 21, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Samuel Beckett – The Wisdom of Surrender  Andy Wimbush, Aeon
Booksellers – Iconic Paris Bookshop Closes  Julia Webster Ayuso, The Guardian
LRB – Goodbye, Europe  Perry Anderson, London Review of Books
Postmodernism – Is Postmodernism Really Worthless?  Park MacDougald, Washington Examiner

Must-Read

US – Joe Biden’s Inauguration Speech Transcript, Washington Post
US – Donald Trump is Out. Are We Ready to Talk About How He Got In Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic 
US – What to Expect in Biden’s First 100 Days in Foreign Policy, Robbie Gramer, Amy Mackinnon, Jack Detsch, and Christina Lu, Foreign Policy   
US – Biden Wants to Unite the Country. How Can He Do It? Politico Magazine  
US – The Rebels Are Still Among Us, Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic   
Digital – 2021 Is the Year the Internet Gets Rewritten, Tyson Barker, Foreign Policy
Italy – Italy: No Political Crisis, But an Economic One, Valbona Zeleni, The Globalist
Russia – How to Contain Putin’s Russia, Michael McFaul, Foreign Affairs  
Health – Second report on progress, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, WHO
Health – Wealthy Countries Should Share Vaccine Doses Before It Is Too Late, Lawrence O. Gostin, Eric A. Friedman, and Suerie Moon, Foreign Affairs 
US/Afghanistan – Writing Off Afghanistan: Does Biden Have a Choice? Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS

Research & Analysis

Digital – A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Global Digital Economy, Robert D. Atkinson, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation 
US/Europe/Technology – Artificial divide: How Europe and America could clash over AI, Ulrike Esther Franke, ECFR 

   

Podcast  

What does President Biden mean for the EU-US relationship? Dan Hamilton, Global Europe Unpacked 
Essential Geopolitics: China vs. Australia  Stratfor Worldview
4 Principles to Guide U.S. Policy Toward China  ChinaFile

 


Your Wednesday Briefing

    « All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. »

Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 20, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Books – Bargaining over the Bomb: The Successes and Failures of Nuclear Negotiations, by William Spaniel, | Cambridge University Press
Livres – Le cri de Gaïa – Frédérique AÏT-TOUATI, Emanuele COCCIA | La Découverte Éditions
Livres – Les gardiens de la raison – Stéphane FOUCART, Stéphane HOREL, Sylvain LAURENS | La Découverte Éditions

Must-Reads

US – Francis Fukuyama still believes an « end of history », Michael Hirsh | Foreign Policy  
EU/US/ChinaHave you heard how the EU should have consulted with Washington before signing a deal with China? | Bruno Maçães
Digital – What the European DSA and DMA proposals mean for online platforms, Aline Blankertz and Julian Jaursch | Brookings  
EU/France/Digital – Brussels eclipsed as EU countries roll out their own tech rules, Laura Kayali and Mark Scott | Politico 
France – France issues charter for imams meant to fight ‘political Islam’, Pierre-Paul Bermingham | Politico 
EU/UK – A Brexit lesson: EU’s benefits, largely invisible, hurt to lose, John Lichfield, Politico  Global/Nationalism – The Nationalist International Is Playing the Long Game, Michael Thumann | Internationale Politik Quarterly   
US/Germany – Policing the police: Germany’s lessons for the U.S., Joseph P. Williams | U.S. News & World Report 
Germany – Merkel Minus Angela, Josef Joffe | Project Syndicate 
Germany – Laschet’s World, Henning Hoff | Internationale Politik Quarterly  
Germany/Europe – We’re not ready for Europe after Merkel, Mujtaba Rahman | Politico 
Germany/Health – Can We Stop a Super Coronavirus? Matthias Bartsch et al. | Der Spiegel  

Research & Analysis

Defense/Resilience – A Framework for Cross-Domain Strategies Against Hybrid Threats, Tim Sweijs, Samuel Zilincik, Frank Bekkers & Rick Meessen | Hague Centre for Strategic Studies 
US/Europe – The crisis of American power: How Europeans see Biden’s America, Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard | ECFR PDF 📥
US/Europe/Iran –A new transatlantic consensus on Iran, Luigi Scazzieri | Centre for European Reform 
Health/EU/Finland – An abrupt awakening to the realities of a pandemic: Learning lessons from the onset of Covid-19 in the EU and Finland, Mika Aaltola, Johanna Ketola, Aada Peltonen, and Karoliina Vaakanainen | Finnish Institute of International Affairs  

Podcast 

Frédérique Aït-Touati : « Vous entrez dans le Théâtre du Soleil, et vous perdez toute notion du temps »

A propos du livre « Les gardiens de la raison, enquête sur la désinformation scientifique »

Your Tuesday Briefing

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 19, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Book Reviews –  Empire, race and global justice, by Dani Solomon | International Affairs
Livres/Recension – « Les capitalismes à l’épreuve de la pandémie », de Robert Boyer – Éric Monnet | La Vie des idées
Books – “Grounded Nationalisms: A Sociological Analysis”, by Siniša Malešević | Center for Nationalism Studies PDF

Must-Reads

US – America’s New Corporate Tyranny, by Michael Lind | Tablet Magazine
US – America’s Political Decay Accelerates  Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs
US – Last Chance for American Power  Andrew Michta, National Review
US – Conspiracy Theories will Doom the Republican Party, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), The Atlantic 
US – Foreign Policy Priorities for the Biden Administration, Chatham House   
US – America and the World: How to Build Back Better, Jonathan Tepperman and Fareed Zakaria, Foreign Policy 
Russia – Navalny Is Russian for ‘Domestic Enemy Number One’  Ben Hall, Financial Times
Russia – What Navalny’s Return Means for Putin  Felix Light, New Statesman
China – New Lessons on China’s International Aid  Zhang Chao & Tang Yuxuan, The Diplomat
China/AI – Can China Become the AI Superpower?  Jinghan Zeng with Ben Horton, Chatham House US/Europe/Corruption – Biden Can’t Fight Corruption Without Help From Europe, Kathleen Doherty, Foreign Policy 
Germany – Merkel era may only just be beginning, Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico  
US-EU/China –US-EU united front on China faces challenges | Hinrich Foundation
UK/EU – The UK and EU are heading for bad-tempered rivalry, unless we can avert it, Timothy G. Ash, ECFR
Technology –Why a dawn of technological optimism is breaking, The Economist 
US/Iran – Iran Struggles to Fill Vacuum Left by Soleimani  Ali Hashem, Center for Global Policy
Africa – Tunisia’s Revolution: Unfulfilled, Unforgotten  Tharwa Boulifi, African Arguments
Taiwan Policy – Sudden Policy Change Does Taiwan No Favors  Michael Green & Bonnie Glaser, CSIS

Research & Analysis

Germany/US – More Ambition, Please! Toward a New Agreement between Germany and the United States, German Transatlantic Group, GMF
US/Trade – The Trade Agenda for the 46th U.S. President – Advancing Global Economic Order? Peter Rashish, Konrad Adenauer Foundation  

Podcat

Covid/écologie –  « Le confinement est définitif » Bruno Latour | France Culture

Ce que le numérique fait aux humanités, par Bruno Latour

Your Monday Briefing

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.

Robert Byrne


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 18, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

#Livres 📚/#Recension – Open Democracy. Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century, Hélène Landemore,  Princeton University Press, | À la recherche d’une représentation démocratique par Éric Buge |  La Vie des idées
Books – Managing Transition: The First Post-Uprising Phase in Tunisia and Libya by Sabina Henneberg | Cambridge Core
Review of Books – The Limits of Caste Hazel V. Carby | London Review of Books
Review of Books  – Cynical Realism – Randall Kennedy on the biases of the Supreme Court | London Review of Books

Must-Reads

US – The Normalization of the Post-Sept. 11 Regime, by Stephen I. Vladeck | Tablet Magazine
Brexit – A look at Swiss politics shows that Euroskepticism is in the United Kingdom to stay, by Joseph de Weck | Foreign Policy
Europe/France/Germany – When Opposites Don’t Attract, by Joseph de Weck | Internationale Politik Quarterly
The Biden Transition – To Understand This Chaotic Transition, Rewind to the Last One | The New York Times
The Biden Transition – A Former Marine Stormed the Capitol as Part of a Far-Right Militia | The New Yorker
China/EU – Hungary Welcomes EU’s First Chinese University Campus | The Voice of America
Turkey – Erdogan’s great game: Turkey pushes into Africa with aid, trade and soaps |  Financial Times
Ideas – The Conservative Cult of Victimhood Trump was a perpetrator who thought himself a victim, and American society has indulged that same illusion among Trump supporters. David Frum | The Atlantic

Research & Analysis

#China🇨🇳/ The New Challenge of Communist Corporate Governance | CSIS  PDF 📥
EU/ROK – Consultations Resilience and Trust in Cyberspace | German Marshall Fund
Turkey🇹🇷 – Is Polarization Turkey’s Fate? By Emre Erdoğan @urbanhobbit | German Marshall Fund

Movies

Movies – The Movies That Mattered in 2020 by Anthony Lane | The New Yorker
Movies/Reviews – “Dear Comrades!” Is Andrei Konchalovsky’s Masterpiece, by Anthony Lane | The New Yorker

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.
Charles W. Pickering


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 15, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Books – Où suis-je ? Leçons du confinement à l’usage des terrestres, Bruno Latour | Éditions La Découverte

Must-Reads

Outlook/Russia – What are the Kremlin’s priorities for 2021? By Dmitri Trenin | Defense News
US – Joe Biden needs an America-first foreign policy, Philip Stephens, Financial Times 
US/Afghanistan – The way forward in Afghanistan: How Biden can achieve sustainable peace and US security, James B. Cunningham, Hugo Llorens, Ronald E. Neumann, Richard Olson, and Earl Anthony Wayne, Atlantic Council 
US – The Insurrection Hiding in Plain Sight, Renee DiResta and Alex Stamos, Foreign Affairs 
US – This Impeachment Is Different, David A. Graham, The Atlantic   
Digital – Donald Trump shows the US needs a European approach to online regulation, Emily Bell, Financial Times 
Turkey/Balkans – Erdogan’s great game: Turkish intrigue in the Balkans, Valerie Hopkins and Laura Pitel, Financial Times 
EU/US/China – Why Europe’s China deal will poison transatlantic relations, Nicholas Vinocur, Politico   
Europe – For Central and Eastern Europe, Strategic Autonomy Isn’t Particularly Strategic, Candace Huntington, CEPA  

Research & Analysis

US/Intelligence – Maintaining the Intelligence Edge: Reimagining and Reinventing Intelligence through Innovation, CSIS Technology and Intelligence Task Force
Energy – Global Energy Perspective 2021, McKinsey PDF
Digital – Decoupling: Severed ties and patchwork globalisation, MERICS/European Chamber of Commerce in China PDF
Technology –Smart Partnerships amid Great Power Competition, Matthew Burrows and Julian Mueller-Kaler, Atlantic Council  
Technology/UK – UK AI Roadmap, UK AI Council 

Technology/UK – AI in the UK: No Room for Complacency, House of Lords
Russia – Russia’s Domestic Politics have Become Part of the West’s Russia Policy, Jussi Lassila, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Podcasts

Enjeux internationaux – En Allemagne, la CDU choisit son nouveau président, par Julie Gacon | France Culture

   

 

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Aucun homme n’a jamais été sage par hasard. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 13, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Books📚 – Une guerre perdue. La France au Sahel, par Alain Antil | Politique étrangère
Books📚 – « The Back Channel. A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal » de William J. Burns, par Laurence Nardon | Politique étrangère
Books📚 – Les maîtres de l’espionnage par Eugène Berg | Conflits

Must-Reads

Technology – CRISPR and the Slice to Survive, Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker  
Technology/EU/US – EU hopes for ‘tech alliance’ with Biden after Trump Huawei 5G ban, Giannis Seferiadis, Rhyannon Bartlett-Imadegawa, Nikkei Asia 
Turkey –Erdogan’s great game: Soldiers, spies and Turkey’s quest for power, Laura Pitel, Financial Times 
Belarus – Has Lukashenko Won? Slawomir Sierakowski, Project Syndicate
US – Yes, It Was a ‘coup.’ Here’s Why, Fiona Hill, Politico 
US – America’s Authoritarian Adversaries Seize the Moment, Jimmy Quinn, National Review 
US – The Day the internet Came for Them, Nina Jankowicz, Foreign Affairs  
US – Trump Team Makes Last-Minute Moves to Box In Biden on Foreign Policy, Robbie Gramer and Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy  
UK/Indo-Pacific – ‘Global Britain’: The UK in the Indo-Pacific, Anisa Heritage and Pak K. Lee, The Diplomat 
EU – The EU’s enlargement agenda is no longer fit for purpose, Erwan Fouéré, CEPS
How America Can Shore Up Asian Order  Kurt Campbell & Rush Doshi, Foreign Affairs
Does China Need More Russian, Central Asian Gas?  S. Kapitonov & T. Umarov, MT
Bitcoin Has Ambitions for Gold’s Role Gavyn Davies, Financial Times
EU/UK/Trade – The double irony of the new UK-EU trade relationship, André Sapir, Bruegel  
Sweden’s Journey From Model to Pandemic Pariah  C. Karlsson, Worldcrunch

  

Research & Analysis

EU/UK – The EU-UK trade and co-operation agreement: A platform on which to build? Sam Lowe | CER PDF 📥  
Germany – Merkel’s Successor: None of the Above?  Sophia Besch & Christian Odendahl, CER  
US/NAT – The Biden Transition and Reshaping U.S. Strategy: Replacing “Burden Sharing” with Meaningful Force Planning, Anthony H. Cordesman with the assistance of Grace Hwang, CSIS
Arctic – Constant and Changing Components of the Arctic Regime, Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor

Podcasts

Opération Barkhane – La France doit-elle se retirer du Sahel ? | France Culture
États-Unis/Occupation du Capitole – Un après-guerre mal négocié ? | France Culture

 

Your Tuesday Briefing

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. – Thomas Jefferson


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 12, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Books – Too Nice to Be President? By Tim Stanley | Literary Review
Books – ‘Visionary success’: Jonathan Alter makes the case for Jimmy Carter David Smith | The Guardian
Books – ‘Reaganland’ explores how ‘the Gipper’ changed American politics | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Must-Reads

EU/China – The EU’s Double Bind  Mark Leonard, Internationale Politik Quarterly
US – The Ingredients of a Coup Attempt  Fiona Hill, Politico
US – The American Abyss, Timothy Snyder, New York Times 
US – Present at the Destruction, Richard Haass, Foreign Affairs  
US – The US Must Now Stand Up for Democracy at Home and Abroad, Thomas Wright, The Atlantic 
US – The United States Needs a Democracy Summit at Home, James Goldgeier and Bruce W. Jentleson, Foreign Affairs   
US – American Soft Power Will Survive Donald Trump, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., National Interest 
Europe – Europe is not immune from America’s political madness, Gideon Rachman, Financial Times   
US/Western Balkans – How Biden can make a big difference in the Western Balkans, Engjellushe Morina and Vessela Tcherneva, European Council on Foreign Relations 
Europe/China/Investment – Europe’s China Gambit, Dani Rodrik, Project Syndicate   

Research & Analysis

UK/Foreign Policy – Global Britain, global broker: A blueprint for the UK’s future international role, Robin Niblett, Chatham House  
Germany/France/Defense – Future Combat Air System: Too Big to Fail, Dominic Vogel, SWP
Arctic –Freedom of the Seas in the Arctic Region, J. Ashley Roach, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor

Your Monday Briefing

It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 11, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

Books – The Habsburg Empire — Pieter M. Judson | Harvard University Press


Books/Review – How America Chose Supremacy, by William Anthony Hay | Law & Liberty
Books/Review – « Tomorrow, the World”, review by Paul Kennedy | The Wall Street Journal

Must-Reads

Russia – Russia’s Military in the 2020s  Pavel Luzin, Riddle
Missiles – Austin Must Overhaul Aging Missile Defense System  Michael Evans, Times
Nato – Time for NATO Members to Renew Their Vows  J. Foggo III & V. Zakem, Proceedings
China/Japan – China-Japan Fish Fight Could Turn Ugly  Neil Newman, SCMP

Global – The World After the Coronavirus – Foreign Policy, Various authors, Foreign Policy  
US – Profound Rebuilding Needed to Shore Up U.S. Democracy, Rachel Kleinfeld, Carnegie Endowment   
US –It Happened in America, Pippa Norris, Foreign Affairs
US – The Capitol Siege Is the Wake-up Call America Shouldn’t Have Needed, Larry Diamond, Foreign Affairs 
US/Democracy – America Can’t Promote Democracy Abroad. It Can’t Even Protect It at Home, Emma Ashford, Foreign Policy 
US/Sanctions – New Sanctions in the US Defence Budget, Bartosz Bieliszczuk, Mateusz Piotrowski, Polish Institute of International Relations PISM
US/Defense – Warfare’s worldwide web, The Economist 
US/Europe –Transatlantic relations: Putting it back together again, The Economist 
US/China/Energy –Why the United States should compete with China on global clean energy finance, Chuyu Liu and Johannes Urpelainen   
EU/NATO – Time for Big Picture Thinking, Barbara Kunz, Internationale Politik Quarterly
Germany/China – Riding High: Deutschland AG in China, The Economist 

Newsletter

Newsletter – Chartbook Newsletter #10  by Adam Tooze

Research & Analysis

Russia/Baltics – Russia’s Strategic Interests and Actions in the Baltic Region, Heinrich Brauß  and András Rácz, DGAP


US/China/Sanctions – Raising a Caution Flag on US Financial Sanctions against China, Jeffrey J. Schott, PIIE      
Arctic – Climate Change and the Opening of the Transpolar Sea Route: Logistics, Governance, and Wider Geo-economic, Societal and Environmental Impacts, Mia M. Bennett, Scott R. Stephenson, Kang Yang, Michael T. Bravo, and Bert De Jonghe, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor