Your Monday Briefing

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
Clarence Darrow


By Azra Isakovic

February 01, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

Book Review –“Seeing Silence. » , Mark C. Taylor by Anthony Curtis Adler  | LA Review of Books (LARB)
Book Review – What Are the Cultural Revolution’s Lessons for Our Current Moment? By Pankaj Mishra | The New Yorker
Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War, by Samuel Moyn | IndieBound

Must-Reads

Pandemic – Lessons from A Pandemic Anniversary by zeynep tufekci
Burnout – Emotions on Strike, by Sarah Jaffe | Dissent Magazine
Edward Luttwak- The Machiavelli of Maryland By Thomas Meaney | The Guardian
US/China – Biden shows his hawkish side on China, by Demetri Sevastopulo – Financial Times
Arab Spring – The Arab Spring 10 Years On Georges Fahmi | Chatham House
Donald Trump – Truth After Trump by Yanis Varoufakis | Project Syndicate
China – Why are there no biographies of Xi Jinping? By Jeffrey Wasserstrom  | The Atlantic
Gulf – The GCC in 2021: Outlook and Key Challenges  | Chatham House

Research & Analysis

US/ East Asia – Toward an Inclusive & Balanced Regional Order: A New U.S. Strategy in East Asia, | Quincy Institute PDF
Japan – Innovation quality and global collaborations: Insights from Japan | Brookings Institution PDF 📥
Gulf – Economic diversification in the Gulf: Time to redouble efforts | Brookings Institution PDF

Your Tuesday Briefing

“Power without abuse loses its charm.”
Paul Valéry


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 26, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Russia – Russia Rising: Putin’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa by Dimitar Bechev (Editor), Nicu Popescu (Editor), Stanislav Secrieru (Editor) | Barnes & Noble
États-Unis/monopoles – Du danger des monopoles  par Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

Egypt’s Arab Spring –#Jan25: 10 years Later by zeynep
Egypt’s Arab Spring – How hopes for Egypt’s Arab Spring were crushed , by Bel Trew | The Independent
Digital – Cyber ‘Deterrence’: A Brexit Analogy, Ciaran Martin, Lawfare 
Digital/EU – 5 things to know about the EU’s new Google cases, Simon van Dorpe, Politico 
US/Economy –Biden set for ‘buy American’ push to boost domestic manufacturing, James Politi, Financial Times
US/Russia – Biden’s predecessors emboldened Putin. Here’s how he can get Russia right, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Washington Post  
Russia/US/Europe –How Russia and the West try to weaken each other, Nicu Popescu, ECFR 
Germany/US – How Germany can Work With Biden to Rebuild Trans-Atlantic Ties, Daniela Schwarzer, DGAP  
EU/Western Balkans/Defense – Enlarging the European Defence Union to the Western Balkans, Dylan Macchiarini Crosson, CEPS 
EU/India – Beijing’s rise rekindles EU-India romance, Barbara Moens, Politico  
Estonia – Estonia gets new government, first female PM, Pekka Vanttinen, Euractiv 
Portugal – President Rebelo de Sousa wins landslide reelection in Portugal, Paul Ames, Politico 

Research & Analysis

Technology – Who is Winning the AI Race: China, the EU, or the United States? Daniel Castro, Center for Data Innovation
Grand Strategy of Restraint – Implementing Restraint  RAND

Podcasts

Histoire du mensonge (2/4) : Calomnies, rumeurs et murmures, comment circulaient les fausses informations ? Xavier Mauduit avc Maïté Billoré, Pierre-Carl Langlais et Julien Schuh | France Culture
Histoire du mensonge (1/4) – Les démocraties ont-elles inventé la propagande ?

China – Four Principles to Guide U.S. Policy Toward China