Your Thursday Briefing

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

By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 25

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing


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


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


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

Your Friday Briefing

Tout pouvoir est une conspiration permanente.” Honoré de Balzac

By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 29, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing


Climat – « Climat, la démission permanente » par Cyrille Cormier | Editions Utopia | Decitre
Book Review – Last of the Libertines  Theodore Dalrymple, Law & Liberty
Essay – Harold Bloom’s ‘Rage for Reading’  Robert Gottlieb, The New York Times


US – Biden administration pauses Trump’s foreign weapons sales, Connor O’Brien, Politico 
US/EU/Digital – 5 charts that explain the digital transatlantic relationship, Mark Scott, Politico   
EU/Health – How Europe fell behind on vaccines, Jillian Deutsch and Sarah Wheaton, Politico   
EU/UK/Health – Delays in covid-19 vaccine delivery are causing tempers to flare and timetables to slip, The Economist 
Arms Control – Saving the Open Skies Treaty, Steven Pifer, Brookings 
Turkey/Eastern Mediterranean – Turkey, Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean: Charting a way out of the current deadlock, Galip Dalay, Brookings  
Russia/Foreign Policy – Russian Foreign Policy in 2020, András Rácz (ed.), DGAP  
Germany/Russia/Energy – Nord Stream 2:Sanctions, Skullduggery and Solutions, Alan Riley, CEPA  
Iran Deal – Netanyahu’s Risky Gambit on Iran Deal  Kurtzer, Miller & Simon, Responsible Statecraft 


Research & Analysis

Corruption – Corruption Perceptions Index 2020, Transparency International 
Russia/Foreign Policy – Russian Foreign Policy in 2020, András Rácz (ed.), DGAP  
EU – Anti-Money Laundering in the EU, Karel Lannoo and Richard Parlour, CEPS 
China – The Longer Telegram: Toward a New China Strategy  Atlantic Council
China – Myths, Realities of China’s Military-Civil Fusion  Elsa Kania & Lorand Laskai, CNAS 
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bosnia to war, to Dayton, and to its slow peace, Carl Bildt, ECFR 
Climate/Trade – Toward a Climate-Driven Trade Agenda, Jack Caporal and William Reinsch, CSIS  


Climat – La démission permanente |  France Inter

Your Thursday Briefing

“Government rules the present. Literature rules the future.” Lord Acton

By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 28, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing


Book Review – Missionaries by Paul Klay | The TLS
Kosovo – Unravelling Liberal Interventionism, By Gëzim Visoka, Vjosa Musliu | Routledge
Virtue Hoarders – The Dictatorship of Virtue Geoff Shullenberger | Washington Examiner


Vaccine Vaccine Wars | Bruno Maçães
US/Europe/Russia – To Silence Navalny, Putin Will Try to Enlist the West, Jeremy Stern | Foreign Affairs   
Health/Europe – Europe faces identity crisis over vaccine trade war, Jakob Hanke Vela | Politico 
Health/Eastern Europe – The geopolitics of covid vaccines in Europe’s eastern neigbourhood, Asli Aydintasbas et al., ECFR 
Europe/China/Sanctions – Extraterritorial Sanctions With a Chinese Trademark, S. Blockmans | CEPS   
EU/Turkey ­–Low expectations: A year of renewal for the EU-Turkey relationship, ECFR   
Europe/China – Europe’s China Chimera, Peter Rough, Hudson Institute
US/Belarus – Biden and Belarus: A Strategy for the New Administration, Anders Åslund, Melinda Haring, John E. Herbst, and Alexander Vershbow | Atlantic Council 
US/Europe/Russia – To Silence Navalny, Putin Will Try to Enlist the West, Jeremy Stern | Foreign Affairs   

Research & Analysis

Think Tank Index – 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, James G. McGann | TTCSP
Economy/Global – World Economic Outlook Update, IMF
Health/China – China’s Health Diplomacy during Covid-19, Moritz Rudolf, SWP
Climate/Security – Climate Security Assessment: A Methodology and Assessment of the Nexus between Climate Hazards and Security of Nations and Regions, Elisabeth Dick and Michel Rademacher, Hague Centre for Strategic Studies 
Security – What Is So Foreign About Foreign Influence Operations? Hedvig Ördén and James Pamment, Carnegie Endowment    


The Professional-Managerial Class w/ Catherine Liu | The Jacobin Show

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


#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


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 – 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

Your Thursday Briefing

A week is a long time in politics. – Harold Wilson

By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 7, 2021

Good morning.

Welcome to your Thursday briefing


Books – The Paranoid Style in American Politics, By Richard Hofstadter |  Harper’s Magazine
Books – Charisma and Disenchantment | Books at NYRB
Books – The 10 Best Books of 2020 | New York Times Books
Books – Three New Books on the Predigital Technologies That Shaped Our World | New York Times Books


US/Digital – The U.S. Failed to Execute Its Cyberstrategy—and Russia Pounced, Rob Knake, Foreign Affairs 
US/EU/Defense – The EU is the Military Ally the US Needs, Max Bergmann, Foreign Affairs 
Europe – Europe’s Geopolitical Moment, Daniela Schwarzer, Internationale Politik Quarterly 
EU – The EU’s Double Bind, Mark Leonard, Internationale Politik Quarterly 
EU/Climate – Flexing the Regulatory Muscle, Noah J. Gordon, Internationale Politik Quarterly  
EU/UK – EU-UK Relations: Time for a ‘New Normal’ post-Brexit, Richard G Whitman, Chatham House 
EU/China – With China deal, EU leaves the hard part to Washington, Dalibor Rohac, Politico 
France/EU – The lonely leader: The origins of France’s strategy for EU foreign policy, | ECFR
Europe/China – Watching China in Europe – January 2021, Noah Barkin, GMF  
NATO – NATO plans space center to counter Russia, China satellite threats, Joshua Posaner, Politico 
US/Turkey – Biden and Erdogan Are Trapped in a Double Fantasy, Asli Aydintasbas and Jeremy Shapiro, Foreign Policy 
Germany Ponders a Post-Merkel Shift on China  Erika Solomon & Guy Chazan, FT
Britain Returns to Its Past George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures
Is America Ready for an Asian NATO?  Douglas Bulloch, 1945
What Does Vietnam Want From U.S. in South China Sea?  D. Grossman, Diplomat
European Elections to Watch in 2021  Emma Anderson, Politico EU
What We Can Do to Expose China’s Abuses  Daniel Finkelstein, Times of London


Research & Analysis 

US/China – Deglobalisation in the context of United States-China decoupling, Alicia García-Herrero and Junyu Tan, Bruegel
EU – Rethinking EU Leadership in the “Neighbourhood”: Limits and Ambitions | IAI 
Arctic – Governance and Economic Challenges for the Global Shipping Enterprise in a Seasonally Ice-Covered Arctic Ocean, Lawson W. Brigham,  in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor


Biden Transition – États Unis : l’impossible passation de pouvoir ? Avec Romain Huret et Hubert Vedrine | France Culture
France Culture – Jacques Prévert ou l’amour de la vie (3/4) :  Prévert engagé – et ami | France Culture

Welcome to your Tuesday briefing

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller

Azra Isakovic

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, January 5.


Books/Review – Unravelling liberal interventionism: local critiques of statebuilding in Kosovo, by Gëzim Visoka and Vjosa Musliu | International Affairs
Books/Review – Boris Johnson: The Gambler by Tom Bower review – the defining secret by Jonathan Freedland | The Guardian
Books – Turkey–West Relations, by Oya Dursun-Ozkanca | Cambridge University Press.

Featured Study 

Middle East Studies Journal –  The most popular articles of 2020 – free to access through 20th January | History at Cambridge
Asian Studies Journal – The most popular articles of 2020 – free to access through 15th January | History at Cambridge


Trade/China/EU – Europe Hands China a Strategic Victory  Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
Trade/China/EU – The EU Takes a Gamble With China  Constantin Eckner, Spectator
Trade/UK/EU – 10 key details in the UK-EU trade deal, Anna Isaac, Politico 
Trade/UK/Turkey – UK signs free trade agreement with Turkey, Bethan McKernan, The Guardian 
UK/Northern Ireland – The Irish Sea widens, The Economist 
UK/Scotland – Brexit changed the game on Scottish independence, Nicola Sturgeon, Politico 
UK/France –Never mind Brexit. Britain and France are condemned to work together,John Lichfield, Politico 
UK/EU/Education – UK pulls out of ‘extremely expensive’ Erasmus scheme, Cristina Gallardo, Politico
EU/China/Investment – Europe’s disappointing investment deal with China, Alicia Garcia-Herrero, Nikkei Asia 
The Biden Transition – What Biden Must Do to Restore U.S. Foreign Policy  Robert Kaplan, National Interest
The Biden Transition – Biden Faces no Shortage of Foreign Policy Problems  John McLaughlin, Ozy
The Biden Transition – Biden Inherits a Challenging Civil-Military Legacy  Jim Golby & Peter Feaver, WOTR

Digital/US – As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm, David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth, Julian E. Barnes, New York Times 
Digital/US – We Can Take Advantage of the Russian Hack. Here’s How, Glenn S. Gerstell, Politico 
Tactical Nuclear Weapon – Do tactical nukes break international law? By Jaroslav Krasny | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Research & Analysis

Digital/EU – The EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade, European Commission
EU/China/Investment – Key elements of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, European Commission


Pandemie/Democratie – Comment s’engager en pandémie ? Avec Barbara Stiegler | France Culture

Europe – Sarajevo Revisited  Benjamin Moser, New York Review of Books

Your Monday Briefing

We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate. – Kin Hubbard

Azra Isakovic

Your Monday Briefing – What you should know for Monday January 4


Books – Secrets and Spies: UK Intelligence Accountability After Iraq and Snowden, by Jamie Gaskarth | Chatham House
Books – A Year in Reading: Books in the Time of COVID | National Review
Books –The Coming Global Backlash against China | National Review
Books – Trade Wars Are Class Wars – How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace, Matthew C. Klein and Michael Pettis | Yale Univ Press
Books – To Rule Eurasia’s Waves The New Great Power Competition at Sea Geoffrey F. Gresh | Yale Univ Press
Books/Review – Biden’s Dreampolitik | Bruno Maçães


US/China – China used stolen data to expose CIA operatives in Africa and Europe, by Zach Dorfman | Foreign Policy
US/China – Beijing ransacked data as U.S. sources went dark in China, by Zach Dorfman | Foreign Policy
US/China – Tech giants are giving China a vital edge in espionage, by Zach Dorfman | Foreign Policy

Russia/Baltic – Respect Thy Neighbor: Russia and the Baltic Region, by Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Russia
Julian Assange – The Kafkaesque Imprisonment of Julian Assange Exposes U.S. Myths About Freedom and Tyranny Glenn Greenwald
Europe – An Embattled Public Servant in a Fractured France Roger Cohen | New York Times
2021 –  What Will a Post-Trump and Post-Covid World Look Like? | Geopolitics Mag
US/ChinaDon’t Assume U.S. Would Beat China in a Taiwan War  Daniel Davis, 1945
UK/Turkey – UK-Turkey FTA: Beyond the Economics  Tridivesh Singh Maini, Notes on Liberty
The Carnival Goes On  Robert Zaretsky, Forward
What Will Historians Make of Our Annus Horribilis?  Victor Davis Hanson, NRO
A Sovereign Britain Still a Global Force  Con Coughlin, The National
Britain Must Rebuild Trust in Europe  Camilla Cavendish, Financial Times
US/China/ – A Messy Financial Divorce for the US and China by George Magnus | Project Syndicate

Research & Analysis

Research – The Most Popular RAND Research of 2020 | RAND Corporation
China/Nato – China’s rise as a global security actor: implications for NATO Meia Nouwens | IISS
Strategy – Hedgemony: A Game of Strategic Choices | RAND Corporation
TerrorismCommunity and Gender in Counter-Terrorism Policy Jessica White | ICCT – The Hague PDF
Terrorism – Mitigating the Impact of Media Reporting of Terrorism: Libya case study, Mary Fitzgerald | ICCT – The Hague  PDF
China/Russia/Serbia – Sino–Russian Interests in Serbia: Competitive, Coordinated or Complementary? Veerle Nouwens and Emily Ferris | RUSI PDF

Brexit : Londres et Bruxelles sont arrivés à un accord | Une année pas comme les autres: 2020 en images | Votre briefing du jeudi

« Il est difficile d’imaginer offrir des ensembles de livres de sociologie pour les cadeaux de Noël, ce serait tout à fait impensable » – Pierre Bourdieu

Azra Isakovic

Good Evening

Your Thursday Briefing: What you should know for Thursday, December 24

Brexit : Londres et Bruxelles sont arrivés à un accord Les Echos

Covid-19 – Emmanuel Macron, Free of Covid-19 Symptoms, Leaves Isolation, By Constant Méheut | The New York Times

Brexit – Britain and E.U. Scramble to Reach Brexit Deal Before Christmas Mark Landler | The New York Times

Book Review – The Sociologist and the Historian by Pierre Bourdieu and Roger Chartier by Canan Bolel | LSE Review of Books

Sociologie – Jaurès, Durkheim, Lévi-Strauss : il y a un siècle, quand les sciences sociales étaient socialistes Par Chloé Leprince |  France Culture

EU/China – Paris will block EU-China deal, says trade minister |  POLITICO Europe

China – How to Deter China: Enter the Democratic Armada  James Holmes, 1945

China/Asia – Will China Turn Off Asia’s Tap?  Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

US/Russia With Biden’s New Threats, the Russia Discourse is More Reckless and Dangerous Than Ever | Glenn Greenwald

Covid19 – Maybe Freedom is Having No Followers to Lose by Zeynep Tufekci

Russia – Has Navalny’s Prank Finally Shattered the FSB Myth?  Sergey Radchenko, M. Times

China/India – The SCO’s Limited Role in Easing India-China Tensions    James MacHaffie, Jamestown

Azerbaijan – A Pyrrhic Victory for Azerbaijan?  Ido Vock, New Statesman

Turkey/Erdogan Erdogan’s Political Challengers Are Getting Tougher  Bobby Ghosh, Japan Times

2020 – A Year Like No Other: 2020 in Pictures | The New York Times

Pierre Bourdieu & Robert Chartier – Série de 5 entretiens

We hope you have a Merry festive period and we’ll see you in 2021.

Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël!

Merkel pousse l’accord UE🇪🇺/Chine🇨🇳 – mais à quel prix? | Confrontation ÉtatsUnis🇺🇸/Russie🇷🇺 est à un pas de la guerre | Macron a le même problème que le roi Louis XVI | Votre briefing du mardi

Politique: un conflit d’intérêts déguisé en un concours de principes.
La conduite des affaires publiques pour un avantage privé.
Ambrose Bierce

Azra Isakovic

Par Azra Isakovic

Dec. 22, 2020


Books/Review Orthodoxy of the Elites, by Jackson Lears | The New York Review of Books

EU/China Merkel pushes the EU-China deal – but at what price? by Silke Wettach | WirtschaftsWoche

China and Taiwan: What to Expect in 2021  Ying-Yu Lin, The Diplomat

Why India’s Farmers Wont Stop Protesting  S. Gupta & S. Ganguly, Foreign Policy

Enough With Johnson’s Reckless Optimism  Clare Foges, Times of London

Corruption Cuts Both Ways in Russia’s Surveillance State  L. Bershidsky, BB

John Le Carré’s London of Exiles Is Alive and Well  David Patrikarakos, Spectator

Why Putin Feels Vindicated by the Pandemic  Kadri Liik, ECFR

Protection Without Protectionism  Shannon O’Neil, Foreign Affairs

How 2020 Shaped U.S.-China Relations  Elizabeth Economy et al, CFR

Brexit and the Brussels Effect  Paul De Grauwe, Project Syndicate

Has U.S. Found Sweet Spot With S-400 Sanctions?  Daniel Fried, Atlantic Council

Russia/US An ‘Act of War?’ Avoiding a Dangerous Crisis in Cyberspace, by Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Russia

China’s Message Control  Jessica Batke & Mareike Ohlberg, ChinaFile

How China Exposed CIA Operatives in Africa, Europe  Zach Dorfman, Foreign Policy

Either U.S. Leads on Crypto, or China Will  Bill Zeiser, RealClearPolicy

The Subversion of History Education in Scotland  Jill Stephenson, Spectator

Did the Arab Uprisings Really Fail?  Frederick Deknatel, World Politics Review

Macron Has the Same Problem as Louis XVI  Lionel Laurent, Japan Times

After Escape: The New Climate Power Politics, by Adam Tooze | Journal e-flux #114 – December 2020

Le nom de Gaïa. À propos d’un malentendu moderne, par Déborah Bucchi | Revue Germinal

Your Wednesday Briefing / 16 December 2020

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

Azra Isakovic

16 December 2020

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know

ArcticThe Arctic and World Order, | Johns Hopkins SAIS/Brookings Institution Press 

Digital/Russia/US – Hackers have vaulted into the heart of America’s government, The Economist 
Digital/EU – The Digital Services Act: ensuring a safe and accountable online environment, European Commission
Digital/EU ­– The Digital Markets Act: ensuring fair and open digital markets, European Commission 
Digital/EU – Putting digital services at the service of Europeans, Margrethe Vestager and Thierry Breton, Irish Times
US/Germany – Preserving America’s Military Posture in Germany, Bradley Bowman and Ben Hodges, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
US/UK – The US-UK trade talks that Joe Biden inherits, Anna Isaac, Politico 
US/Eastern Mediterranean– American Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean, Eric Edelman and Aykan Erdemir, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies 
EU/US/Turkey/Russia – Peeling Turkey Away from Russia’s Embrace: A Transatlantic Interest, Nathalie Tocci, Istituto Affari Internazionali 
NATO/Russia – NATO-Russia Crisis Brief, Nuclear Crisis Group
US/Democracy – A Democracy Summit Is Not What the Doctor Ordered, James Goldgeier and Bruce W. Jentleson, Foreign Affairs 
EU/Democracy – EU still lacks a ‘silver bullet’ for bringing autocrats to heel, Ben Hall, Financial Times 
Bosnia and Herzegovina –Dayton at 25: Time for Effective and Functional Government in Bosnia, R. Bruce Hitchner, Balkan Insight 

Germany Fares Poorly in Second Wave of Coronavirus  Lukas Eberle et al, Spiegel
China Seems Ready for a Fight Over Taiwan  James Holmes, 1945
China’s Nationalists See a World Turning Their Way  Chris Buckley, New York Times
Maybe Brexit Isn’t So Bad After All  Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg
How the Brexit Fairy Tale Ends  Gavin Esler, The National
Measuring Soft Power  Margaret Seymour, FPRI

The Hidden Cost of Digital Consumption, by Halden Lin, Aishwarya Nirmal, Shobhit Hathi & Lilian Liang (Parametric Press 19/10)
US Indicts Sandworm, Russia’s Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit, by Andy Greenberg (Wired 19/10