Your Thursday Briefing

There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
William Halsey


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Good afternoon

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Review – Portrait of the philosopher as a young man, by Branko Milanovic | Global inequality

Books

Biography – “Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society”  Michael Heinrich | Monthly Review
Recension/Histoire – Histoires d’Algérie par Étienne Augris | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

US/EU – A Transatlantic Tally, Katharina Emschermann | Internationale Politik Quarterly
Global – Strengthening the G-20 in an era of great power geopolitical competition, Colin I. Bradford | Brookings
UK – Can the UK be secure if Europe is not? The UK’s (un)Integrated Review, Ian Bond | Centre for European Reform
US/Corruption – Corruption Is a National Security Threat. The CROOK Act Is a Smart Way to Fight It. Senator Roger F. Wicker and Senator Ben Cardin | Just Security
Western Balkans  – The Balkans’ demons of ethno-nationalism, Ralf Melzer | IPS
China/Russia/Turkey – Relegating the “Russia Problem” to Turkey, Emil Avdaliani |  CEPA
Russia/India – Putin pledges medical aid to India in phone call with Modi | China Xinhua News
Climate change: What has Biden promised to do? And is it enough? Oliver Milman | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Secret agreements: How Frontex is helping to drag migrants back to Libyan torture camps | DER SPIEGEL
Biden’s First 100 Days – Has Biden Repaired Trust with the EU? Rosa Balfour | Carnegie Endowment
Biden’s First 100 Days – Has Biden Made the Right Calculation on Russia? Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Endowment

Research & Analysis

EU – Strategic autonomy and the transformation of the EU: New agendas for security, diplomacy, trade and technology, Niklas Helwig et al. | Finnish Institute of International Affairs
China/Russia/Central and Eastern Europe – Partnership Without Substance: Sino-Russian Relations in Central and Eastern Europe, Bobo Lo and Edward Lucas | CEPA

Podcasts

Visioconférence – Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer, Ministre allemande de la Défense, 20 avril 2021 | Ifri/ Fondation Konrad-Adenauer

Your Monday Briefing

To join in the industrial revolution, you needed to open a factory; in the Internet revolution, you need to open a laptop.
Alexis Ohanian


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, April 26, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Featured

Neoliberalism –The politics of welfare Lois McNay, 2021 | SAGE Journals

Books

20 Years Later: 9/11 Anniversary Books By Liz Scheier | Publishers Weekly
The Things We Carry: 9/11 Anniversary Books, by Liz Scheier | Publishers Weekly
Climate – Overheated – How Capitalism Broke the Planet–And How We Fight Back, by Kate Aronoff @KateAronoff | Bold Type Books

Must-Reads

Germany/Russia – Germany’s Heiko Maas opposes tougher Russia sanctions | DW News
US/India – The case for US cooperation with India on a just transition away from coal | Brookings
US/China – China’s surprising drone sales in the Middle East, By: Bradley Bowman, Maj. Jared Thompson, and Ryan Brobst | Defense News
Hong Kong – ‘I Stand the Law’s Good Servant, but the People’s First’ | China File
Japan/Indo-Pacific –  Japan’s Indo-Pacific Moment, Elliot Waldman | World Politics
Chad – Chad facing hard choices as anxious allies ill-prepared | Chatham House
A glimpse of the future: The Ever Given and the weaponisation of choke-points, Filip Medunic | ECFR
Conservatism – The Two Crises of Conservatism, Ross Douthat | New York Times Opinion

Research & Analysis

Middle East – Steps to enable a Middle East regional security process, Sanam Vakil, Neil Quilliam | Chatham House
Taiwan – Can Taiwan have security & the good life? | Brookings
Energy – Global Energy Review 2021 | IEA

Podcasts

Les Enjeux internationaux – Joe Biden reconnaît le génocide arménien : comment peut réagir la Turquie ? par Julie Gacon | France Culture

Your Wednesday Briefing

“When you put on a uniform there are certain inhibitions that you accept.”
General Dwight D. Eisenhower


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Featured

Big Tech – Chinese Antitrust 2.0: Why Is China Going After Its Big Tech? By Jana Kasperkevic | ProMarket

Books

About – Andrew Jewett : “Science under Fire: Challenges to Scientific Authority in Modern America” | Harvard University Press, by Michael D. Gordin | LARB
About – The War Lords and the Gallipoli Disaster, Nicholas A. Lambert | Oxford University Press, by Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy
Big Tech – Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism – How The Rise of China Challenges Global Regulation by Angela Zhang | Oxford Academic

Must-Reads

Africa/Sahel – Déby’s Dead. What’s Next for Chad and the Sahel? Judd Devermont  | CSIS
Covid19 –How One Epidemiologist Decided Whether to Send Her Children to Group Childcare, Zeynep Tufekci | Insight
EU/Finance/Technology – Recent Developments in EU Foreign Investment Screening, Sarah Erickson | CSIS
US/Germany/Russia – The Nord Stream 2 dispute and the transatlantic alliance, Jonathan Hackenbroich and Kadri Liik | ECFR
US/Global – It is now time to focus on multilateral order, Bruce Jones and Susana Malcorra | Brookings
US/Europe/Asia – Residents in Closest Allies Have Doubts About U.S. Democracy, Horus Alas | US News and World Report
Turkey/Russia/Ukraine – What Role for Turkey in the Crisis between Russia and Ukraine? Mehmet Fatih Ceylan | GMF
Czech Republic/Belarus/Russia – Events in Czechia and Belarus Cement Eastern Europe’s New Divide, Maxim Samorukov | Carnegie Moscow Center
Taiwan – The Free World Must Embrace Taiwan  Ted Yoho | Taipei Times
North Korea – The Rise of North Korea’s Hacking Army  Ed Caesar | New Yorker
US/China/Russia – The Nightmare of Growing China-Russia Common Cause  Frederick Kempe | AC
EU – The Orbanisation of Slovenia, Tanja Fajon | International Politics & Society

Research & Analysis

Nuclear Weapons –North Korea Working on Nampo Missile Test Stand Barge, Joseph Bermudez, Victor Cha | CSIS
China – Populism, China, and Covid-19: Latin America’s New Perfect Storm Evan Ellis | CSIS
US –Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community | Office of the DNI


Podcasts

Africa/ Sahel – Chad’s president Deby dies after fighting rebels on battlefield | FRANCE 24 English

Your Monday Briefing

“Absolute power demoralizes.”  Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, April 12, 2021

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Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Featured

Big Tech – Meet the Professor Who’s Warning the World About Facebook and Google, Sarah Brown | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Books

Social Psychology – The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills Jesse Singal | Amazon
Nationalism – 100 Best Nationalism Books of All Time |  BookAuthority
Review – Are We Living in an Age of Strongmen? David A. Bell | The Nation

Must-Reads

EU – Brussels faces battle on new pan-EU revenue sources, Sam Fleming and Jim Brunsden | Financial Times
Europe – Les Capitales | EURACTIV France @EURACTIV_FR
Turquie/Italie – La Turquie suspend des contrats italiens à la suite de commentaires de Mario Draghi | EURACTIV France
Iran – Blackout Hits Iran Nuclear Site in What Appears to Be Israeli Sabotage By Ronen Bergman, Rick Gladstone and Farnaz Fassihi | The New York Times 
US/Iran/JCPOA – Hawks preview strategy to oppose Biden’s ‘woke’ Iran policy, Matthew Petti | Responsible Statecraft
Social Psychology –The False Promise of Quick-Fix, Jesse Singal | The Wall Street Journal
Essay – Philip, Prince of Nowhere Ed West | UnHerd
US – Crisis of Command Risa Brooks, Jim Golby et Heidi Urben | Foreign Affairs
Pandemic – The Gaslighting of Science by Zeynep Tufekci | Insight
UK Security Review – A Post Mortem of a Disintegrated Review, Jack Watling  | RUSI
US/Iran/JCPOA – For true JCPOA re-entry, Biden must tear down this sanctions wall, Tyler Cullis | Responsible Statecraft
Technology –Europe in the Geopolitics of Technology, Alice Pannier | Ifri

Research & Analysis

Japan/Africa – Japan’s Economic Diplomacy in Africa: Between Strategic Priorities and Local Realities, Céline Pajon | Ifri
EU/Defence – Europe’s Missile Defence and Italy: Capabilities and Cooperation, Alessandro Marrone, Karolina Muti | IAI
UK Security Review – Defence in a competitive age | GOV.UK
Iraq – 18 Years of Terror and Destruction, by Hannah Mulhern and Razan al-Shammari | GICJ
Russia/China/Arctic – Partners, Competitors, or a Little of Both?  Jim Townsend and Andrea Kendall-Taylor | CNAS

Podcasts

Political Economy – The future of capitalism, Branko Milanovic  | AEI Economics

Strongmen – Mussolini to Present | YouTube

Your Friday Briefing

“Politics is not an exact science.” Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, April 9, 2021

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

Post-neoliberalism – The Revenge of Sovereignty on Government? The Release of Neoliberal Politics from Economics Post-2008, Will Davies | Theory, Culture & Society
Post-neoliberalism –Software, Sovereignty and the Post-Neoliberal Politics of Exit Harrison Smith, Roger Burrows | Theory, Culture & Society

Books

Xinjiang – Eurasian Crossroads – A History of Xinjiang, James A. Millward | Hurst Publishers
Middle East – The Middle East Crisis Factory – Tyranny, Resilience and Resistance, Ahmed Gatnash, Iyad El-Baghdadi | Hurst Publishers

Must-Reads

EU/US/Economy – Europe has a lot to learn from Joe Biden’s audacity, Philip Stephens | Financial Times
US🇺🇸/China🇨🇳/Taïwan🇹🇼 Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China, Michael Crowley | The New York Times
China – China’s Techno-Authoritarianism Goes Global  Maya Wang | Foreign Affairs
China/Myanmar – Will Beijing Intervene in Myanmar?  Abby Seiff | ChinaFile
China/Taiwan – Taiwan and the Use of Force: China’s Conundrum  Frank Ching | Japan Times
Myanmar – Myanmar’s Military Chooses Total Violence  Francis Wade | New Statesman
EU – Friends like these: How foreign policy could derail an alliance of Europe’s populist right, Pawel Zerka | ECFR
Russia/Ukraine – Kremlin saber-rattling in Ukraine: How the West should react, Steven Pifer | Brookings
Covid19/Vaccine – Germany starting talks to buy Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, by Jillian Deutsch | POLITICO Europe
Covid19/Vaccine – Britain’s vaccine success was supposed to lead to freedom. What happened? Kate Andrews | The Spectator

Research & Analysis

Post-neoliberalism –TCS Special Issue: ‘Post-neoliberalism?’ | Theory, Culture & Society  
Hardware Innovation – Labs Over Fabs: RISC-V’s Promise by Jordan Schneider | ChinaTalk
US/Security/Technology –Linking National Security and Innovation: Part 1, James Andrew Lewis | CSIS
Ukraine – Ukraine’s half-hearted reforms: What needs to change in the West’s approach? Arkady Moshes and Ryhor Nizhnikau | FIIA

Podcasts

UE🇪🇺/Turquie🇹🇷/Podcast🎧Entre démocratie et transactionnalisme | SWP Berlin

Your Thursday Briefing

We’re still in the first minutes of the first day of the Internet revolution.  
Scott Cook


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Corporation tax – US offers new plan in global corporate tax talks, James Politi, Aime Williams and Chris Giles | FT
Economy/ecology – Europe’s path to decarbonisation, by Adam Tooze | International Politics & Society

Books

The Care –The Care Crisis – What Caused It and How Can We End It? by Emma Dowling | Verso Books
Political Science – Of Privacy and Power, Henry Farrell and Abraham L. Newman | Princeton University Press
À propos de : Socialisme et sociologie, de Bruno Karsenti, Cyril Lemieux | EHESS

Must-Reads

EU/Energy – From coal to low carbon, Irina Kustova, Christian Egenhofer, Jorge Núñez Ferrer and Julian Popov | CEPS
Covid19 – Pandemic as Metaphor | Zeynep Tufekci
China – China as a Third World Country  George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
Germany – Merkel’s Magic Faded Long Ago  Roger Boyes | Times of London
China – What if China Launches a Surprise Attack on U.S. Military?  Daniel Davis | 1945
China/Iran – China’s Iran Deal Is Just a Start  Erielle Davidson & Ari Cicurel | National Interest
US/Ukraine – Biden Administration Support for Ukraine Is Strong but Is There a Partner in Kyiv? Jonathan D. Katz and Olena Prokopenko | GMF
US/EU/Economy – Transatlantic economic relations under the Biden administration, Peter Rashish | European Policy Centre
Economy – Janet Yellen calls for a global minimum tax on companies. Could it happen? | The Economist
US/Security – Overlooking the Policy Connections: Fragility, Democracy, and Geopolitical Competition, Frances Z. Brown | Just Security
French politicsEmmanuel Macron’s dangerous election gamble, Bruno Amable | International Politics & Society

Research & Analysis

Human Rights –The State of the World’s Human Rights, Amnesty International Annual Report 2020/2021 | Amnesty International
NATO – Origins, Progress, and Unfinished Business: NATO’s Protection of Civilians Policy, Katie Dock, Victoria K. Holt and Marla Keenan | Stimson
EU/Turkey/Greece – Revisiting and going beyond the EU-Turkey migration agreement of 2016: an opportunity for Greece to overcome being just “Europe’s aspis”, Kemal Kirişci | Brookings
US/India/Australia/Japan/Russia/China –The Return of the Quad: Will Russia and China Form Their Own Bloc? Heather A. Conley, Michael J. Green, Cyrus Newlin and Nicholas Szechenyi | CSIS

Podcasts

Talking Politics – Adam Curtis | Acast

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

Good morning

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

Good morning

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 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

Good morning

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