Your Thursday Briefing

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules. Ross Perot


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 18

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

De la démocratie en Pandémie. Santé, recherche, éducation Barbara Stiegler | Gallimard
« De la démocratie en pandémie » de Barbara Stiegler | Le Monde

Must-Reads

Sahel – Sonnenfinsternis im Sahel, Issio Ehrich | ZEIT ONLINE
Germany/Russia –Russia holds the key to German sovereignty Pepe Escobar | Asia Times
US/China – Why U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Deal Flopped  Chad Bown, PIIE
US/Turkey – Small Steps Can Help Mend U.S.-Turkey Relations  David Lepeska, The National
US – Did Trump Permanently Change U.S. Foreign Policy?  Panel of experts, For. Affairs
Taiwan/Germany – Taiwan Doesn’t Owe Germany Any Help  Chang Feng-lin, Taipei Times
China/Vaccine – China: A Coronavirus Vaccine Superpower?  Ethen Kim Lieser, 1945
Martin Baron: « We Had To Be Much More Forthright about Trump » | DER SPIEGEL
Climate – To Fight Climate Change, Should Green Investors Reconsider Big Oil? | HBS Working Knowledge
Russia/Balkans – What Russia Wants In The Balkans, Zlatko Hadzidedic | Modern Diplomacy

Research & Analysis

South Korea – The Economic Pillar of Korea’s New Southern Policy, Françoise NICOLAS | Ifri [PDF]
UK/Diplomacy – UK Economic Diplomacy in the 21st Century | LSE [PDF]
UK/ChinaProtect, Constrain, Contest: Approaches for coordinated transatlantic economic and technological competition with China | LSE [PDF]
Europe/Afrique – Les relations Europe-Afrique à l’aune de la pandémie de Covid-19. | Fondation Schuman [PDF]

Podcasts

Santé –  De la démocratie en pandémie Barbara Stiegler

Your Wednesday Briefing

Je ne fais pas de blagues. Je viens de regarder le gouvernement et signaler les faits.
Will Rogers


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, February 17

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Remaking Central Europe, Edited by Peter Becker and Natasha Wheatley | Oxford Academic
Power and Time, Edited by Dan Edelstein, Stefanos Geroulanos, and Natasha Wheatley | UChicagoPress
Food insecurity and Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa, Habib Ayeb et Ray Bush,  Anthem Press

Must-Reads

US/China – America’s Best Hope of Hanging Together Is China  Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
US – Don’t Restore U.S. Foreign Policy. Remake It.  Jessica Mathews, Foreign Affairs
China – WHO’s Wuhan Investigation Was Never Going to Satisfy  Joshua Keating, Slate
US/China – When Will Liberals Admit China Is Dangerous?  Kelly McParland, National Post
US/China – America’s Best Hope of Hanging Together Is China  Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
US – Don’t Restore U.S. Foreign Policy. Remake It.  Jessica Mathews, Foreign Affairs
China – WHO’s Wuhan Investigation Was Never Going to Satisfy  Joshua Keating, Slate
US/China – When Will Liberals Admit China Is Dangerous?  Kelly McParland, National Post
US/India/Russia – America’s India Problem Is All About Russia  Salvatore Babones, Foreign Policy
ICBM arsenal – ICBM Setting a Course Away From the ICBM  G. Hinck & P. Vaddi, War on the Rocks
Digital – What the US can teach Europe about privacy, Vincent Manancourt and Mark Scott, Politico
UK/EU – Finding a way forward for EU-UK foreign policy collaboration, Adam Hug, Encompass
US/Europe/China – Beware Beijing’s Long-Term Strategy of Division, Michael Ryan and Valbona Zeneli, National Interest

Research & Analysis

Economy – Global Economic Prospects, The World Bank

Podcasts

Thomas Gomart – Guerres invisibles : nos prochains défis géopolitiques |librairie mollat

Your Tuesday Briefing

La politique est une question trop sérieuse pour être laissée aux politiciens.
Charles de Gaulle


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 16

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

« Boomers » – The men and women who promised freedom and delivered disaster by Helen Andrews | Penguin Random House
Review – Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster Kay S. Hymowitz | City Journal

Must-Reads

Poland – Reflections on Poland’s Alliances  Jacek Bartosiak, Geopolitical Futures
US – America’s Other Forever War  Peter Beinart, New York Times
China/Vaccine – Will China Be a Global Vaccine Leader?  Deborah Seligsohn et al, ChinaFile
EU/Foreign Policy – EU Foreign Policy RIP  Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico EU
Germany/Russia – Germany’s Bridges to Russia Split Open Europe  Tony Barber, Financial Times
US – How to Rebuild the State Department  Robert Kaplan, National Interest
China/Uighurs – Uighurs in Exile Wait on the World to Act  Rachel Cheung & Benjamin Wilhelm, WPR

Research & Analysis

Energy/India – India Energy Outlook 2021 – Analysis – IEA [PDF]

Podcasts

Inégalités – Inégalités, précarité, des clés pour les surmonter | France Culture

Revues

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 Wednesday Briefing

    Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, February 10

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Top 5 Books: February 2021 by Krisztina Csortea | International Affairs
Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism | Princeton University Press
Solzhenitsyn – Solzenitsyn and the Engine of History  Robert D. Kaplan | The New Criterion

Must-Reads

US/France – France Sees an Existential Threat From U.S. Campuses  Norimitsu Onishi | NYT
Netherlands – The next stage of Dutch populism? | International Politics & Society
Health/Digital – Coronavirus accelerates contactless travel, raising privacy concerns, Mari Eccles | Politico
Digital – Digital reckoning? The Biden administration and prospects for greater transatlantic alignment on digital competition, Miranda Lutz and Max van Thun | Global Counsel
Digital/Europe – Referees don’t win games: Europe and the digital great game, José I. Torreblanca | ECFR
Digital/Russia – Russia is trying to set the rules for the Internet. The UN saw through the ruse, David Ignatius | The Washington Post
Germany/Russia – Dead-end pragmatism: Germany’s Russia strategy after Merkel, Gustav Gressel | ECFR
France France’s Vanishing Center, Patrick Chamorel | American Purpose
EU –  Lessons from the battleground: EU strategic autonomy after the ‘vaccine wars’, Ricardo Borges de Castro | European Policy Centre
Belarus – Why the Belarusian Revolution Has Stalled, Ryhor Astapenia | Chatham House
Japan – Taiwan Looms Over Japan’s Security Concerns  Brad Glosserman | Japan Times
China – From China Fantasy to China Nightmare  Ian Easton | Taipei Times
George Schultz – George Schultz Understood Money Was Power  Hal Brands | Bloomberg
U.S. Foreign Policy –  When Is U.S. Foreign Policy Strongest?  Robert Kaplan | Time
Biden/Middle East – Measuring Biden’s First Middle East Moves  George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures

Research & Analysis

Cheap Talk- China’s Central Bank Still Struggles to Speak to Markets | CSIS
Myanmar –  Myanmar’s generals recoup: The recurrence of military-defined “disciplined democracy”, Bart Gaens | FIIA PDF

Podcasts

Covid, saison 3 (2/4) – Restrictions sanitaires : les limites de l’acceptation sociale | 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

Your Monday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, February 08

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

Public service/Private interests – « The Neoliberal Republic” – by Antoine Vauchez and Pierre France, | Cornell Press


Diplomatie – « Diplomaties européennes XIXe – XXIe siècle. » par Laurence Badel | Presses Sciences Po
Shoah –« Et les Juifs bulgares furent sauvés… » par Nadège Ragaru| Presses de Sciences Po UE/Commission européenne – Un sociologue à la Commission européenne par Frédéric Mérand | Presses Sciences Po

Must-Reads

US/Capital/Jobs – What Happened to Social Mobility in America? By Branko Milanovic | Foreign Affairs
EU-China – The new EU-China trade deal is driven by a commercial realpolitik – and the world knows it by Helen Thompson | New Statesman  
US/Japan/China – U.S. and Japan Should Prepare for War With China  Jeffrey Hornung, WOTR
Russia – Putin’s Russia Destabilizes From Within  Tatiana Stanovaya, Financial Times
US – The Fracturing of the American Ideal  Andrew Michta, National Review
Russia – Navalny Proves Too Hot for ‘Poisoner Putin’  Paul Roderick Gregory, The Hill
Biden – Biden Is Right to Double Down on the Quad  Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner
Arms Control – The End of Arms Control as We Know It  Eugene Rumer & Richard Sokolsky, Politico


India – The Unyielding Middlemen: India’s Protests  Vishnu Modur, Notes on Liberty
India – Huge Turnout of Women Farmers at Mahapanchayats  Ashok Kumar, The Hindu
EU – Scandals Roil Europe’s Border Agency  Giorgos Christides et al, Der Spiegel
Myanmar – The Coup in Myanmar: Why Now?  Phillip Orchard, Geopolitical Futures
Jürgen Habermas – Why Jürgen Habermas Disappeared  Blake Smith, Foreign Policy

Research & Analysis

Sahel – A Course Correction for the Sahel Stabilisation Strategy | Crisis Group


Facial Recognition – Transparency and Accountability Mechanisms for Facial Recognition | German Marshall Fund

Podcasts

Les contours de la Shoah en Bulgarie, avec Nadège Ragaru | Paroles d’histoire podcast 

Your Friday Briefing

“Progress, the religion of those who have none.”

Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, February 05

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Review – « Graveyards of Clerics. Everyday Activism in Saudi Arabia », par Pascal Ménoret | Stanford University Press, by Roman Stadnicki | La Vie des idées
Review – Has Tech Destroyed Democracy? Steven Levy | Wired

Must-Reads

US/China/EU – Macron: EU shouldn’t gang up on China with US,  Rym Momtaz | POLITICO Europe
États-Unis – Joe Biden veut renouer avec une diplomatie fondée sur les « alliances » et les « valeurs »  | Le Monde
Indo-Pacific – Can the EU and the UK Cooperate in the Indo-Pacific? | IPQ
US – Joe Biden’s Peace Force?  William Astore, TomDispatch
US/China –  Biden’s Team Faces the Ugly Facts on China  | New York Post
Myanmar –Suu Kyi Was Right About Myanmar  Luv Puri | Japan Times
Health – How to save the world from long Covid, Simon Kuper | Financial Times
Health Vaccine passports: path back to normality or problem in the making? Natalie Thomas | Reuters
Europe/Health – Europe’s Vaccine Rollout Has Descended Into Chaos, Sylvie Kauffmann | New York Times
Energy – How the race for renewable energy is reshaping global politics, Leslie Hook and Henry Sanderson – Financial Times
Digital – The Digital Transformation of SMEs | OECD
US/Europe/Defense– Europe troop withdrawal plans ‘on hold,’ top general says, Connor O’Brien | Politico
US/Eastern Europe – Biden’s Challenge: Continuing Progress in Eastern Europe Despite Russian Adventurism | Middle East Institute

Research & Analysis

China🇨🇳/Covid19- Chinese COVID-19 Misinformation A Year Later, By Elizabeth Chen | Jamestown Foundation 📥 PDF
EU/Russia – EU Strategic Autonomy in the Shadow of Geopolitical Rivalry: A View from Moscow, Sergey Utkin | FIIA
Deterrence –  Deterrence in the 21st Century: Insights from Theory and Practice,  Frans Osinga and Tim Sweijs, eds. | Hague Centre for Strategic Studies/Springer 
EU/Middle East/North Africa – The EU-MENA partnership: time for a reset, Marc Otte | Egmont 
Trade – Global Trade Today is Global Value Chains, David Henig | ECIPE

Podcasts

A conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron | Atlantic Council