Your Wednesday Briefing

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment. Margaret Mead

By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, February 24

Good afternoon

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing


US/Foreign Policy – America’s massive military is predicated on imaginary threats | Foreign Policy
US/Foreign Policy – The Stupidity of War, by John Mueller | Cambridge University Press
The Tyranny of Merit – What Comes After Meritocracy? Elizabeth Anderson | The Nation


US/Biden – Biden Says ‘America Is Back.’ Should It Be? By Stephen Wertheim | New York Times Opinion
AI – Chine : l’intelligence artificielle, porte d’entrée de la dictature de surveillance ? par Hubert Guillaud | internetactu
Fake News – “Fake news: A false epidemic?” | Le Monde diplomatique
Yemen – “Saudi-led coalition loses its grip on Yemen”, by Pierre Bernin | Le Monde diplomatique
US/China – Washington’s battle with Beijing is not one of investment or innovation but one of values, by Elise Labott | Foreign Policy
US/Iran/JCPOA – The Real Regional Problem With the Iran Deal by Trita Parsi | Foreign Affairs
Culture War – If You Thought the Culture War in the US and UK Was Dumb, Check Out France’s | VICE
Radical Philosophy – The Entire Archives of Radical Philosophy Go Online | Open Culture
US/China – US and allies to build ‘China-free’ tech supply chain | Nikkei Asia

Research & Analysis

US/Europe – Transatlantic Relations and European Strategic Autonomy in the Biden Era, by Garret Martin and Ville Sinkkonen | FIIA 📥 [PDF]
US/Security/Technology – National Security Policy, American Edge Project | Edge Project 📥 [PDF]
EU/Green Deal – The EU Green Deal and Its Industrial and Political Significance, By Hosuk Lee-Makiyama  | ECIPE 📥 [PDF]


Quartier Libre – «Surveiller et asservir» Vanessa Codaccioni

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

Monday, February 22

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Welcome to Your Monday Briefing


Inequality – Divested Inequality in the Age of Finance, by Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely | Oxford Uni Press
À propos de: Divested. Inequality in the Age of Finance,  par Olivier Godechot  | La Vie des idées


‘Islamogauchisme’ : Le piège de l’Alt-right se referme sur la Macronie, par David Chavalarias CNRS | Politoscope
Idéologies – Les mensonges d’« Apocalypse » par Pierre Grosser | Le Monde diplomatique
Ideas – It’ll Do – Impeachment did not prevail, but Trump still lost by David Frum | The Atlantic
US/Middle East – Biden says he will listen to experts by Marc Lynch & Shibley Telhami | Brookings
Science – « La fabrique de l’ignorance », par Mathias Girel | ARTE 
European values: Poland’s media fears a crackdown James Shotter | Financial Times
China/France – China’s state broadcaster applies to France for right to air in Europe  | Financial Times
Nuclear Risks –Nuclear Weapons and Declaratory Policy | War on the Rocks

Research & Analysis

US/Africa – Washington Consensus reforms and economic performance in sub-Saharan Africa, by Belinda Archibong Brahima S. Coulibaly, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala | via Brookings 📥 [PDF]
Nuclear Risks – Could blockchain technology help reduce nuclear risks, by Lyndon Burford | King’s College London 📥 [PDF]


Idéologies – Les mensonges d’« Apocalypse » par Pierre Grosser | Le Monde diplomatique

Etats-Unis/Iran – La diplomatie pourra-t-elle limiter l’ambition nucléaire de l’Iran ? | France Culture

Your Thursday Briefing

America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration. – Warren G. Harding

By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 14, 2021

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Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing


Books –  La société de vigilance. Auto-surveillance, délation et haines sécuritaires, par Vanessa Codaccioni | Éditions Textuel
Books – Introduction à Antonio Gramsci by George HOARE, Nathan SPERBER | Éditions La Découverte
Books –  French Defence Policy Since the End of the Cold War, by Alice Pannier, Olivier Schmitt  | Routledge Books
Books –  Rivals in Arms: The Rise of UK-France Defence Relations in the Twenty-First Century by Alice Pannier | McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal


US – Impeachable Speech, Katherine Shaw, Emory Law Journal 
US – Institutional Integrity: Learning the Right Lessons from the Capitol Siege, Suzanne Spaulding and Devi Nair, CSIS 
US – We Tried to Warn You, Timothy McLaughlin, The Atlantic  
US/China/Technology – What the Cold War can teach Washington about Chinese tech tensions, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Brookings  
Lithuania – Vilnius at 30 – Nothing Must Be Forgotten, Paul Goble  
Estonia – Estonia’s PM resigns as corruption scandal hits ruling coalition, Richard Milne, Financial Times 
Baltics/Russia – The Sorry State of Baltic-Russian Relations, Sergei Utkin, Carnegie Moscow  
Germany – A Small Window of Opportunity, Stefanie Babst, Internationale Politik Quarterly   
Technology/Digital – Internet 3.0 and the Beginning of (Tech) History, Ben Thompson, Stratechery 
Technology – The Global AI Index, Tortoise 
Technology/US – Summary of AI Provisions from the National Defense Authorization Act 2021, Stanford University Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence 
Europe – Will Europe Part Ways with Populism in 2021? Shane Markowitz, World Politics Review 

Research & Analysis

US/Health/Global – COVID-19 exposes a changed world: A prescription for renewing U.S. global partnership, George Ingram, Brookings  
Data/Tech – Good Intentions, Bad Inventions – The Four Myths of Healthy Tech, by Amanda Lenhart & Kellie Owens | Data & Society 📥 PDF
Arctic –The U.S.-Canada Northwest Passage Disagreement: Why Agreeing to Disagree Is More Important Than Ever, Suzanne Lalonde, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate edito


Idées – Sommes-nous entrés dans une société de vigilance ? par Vanessa Codaccioni et Olivia Gesbert | France Culture

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/#Covid19/ Boris Johnson et l’effondrement du #Leadership_Chaos | The Intelligence Dilemma – Les Américains se bousculent donc pour savoir ce que les Russes ont vu… | Biden veut convoquer un «sommet international pour la démocratie». Il ne devrait pas | Votre briefing du mercredi 23 décembre 2020

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
Ralph Nader

Azra Isakovic


Votre briefing du matin : ce que vous devez savoir pour le mercredi 23 décembre

US/Russia – The Intelligence Dilemma, by George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures

Asia Pacific – Japan and South Korea scramble jets to track Russian and Chinese bomber patrol | Justin Mccurry | The Guardian

Biden Transition – Biden wants to convene an international ‘Summit for Democracy’. He shouldn’t | David Adler and Stephen Wertheim | The Guardian

US – Can Democracy Hold Us Together? | Patrick J. Buchanan

Boris Johnson and the Collapse of Chaos as Leadership  Daniel Fortin, Les Echos

Why America Needs a Foreign Policy Reset  Dimitri Simes, National Interest

How We Can Help the Chinese People  Joseph Bosco, The Hill

Will Pakistan’s Military Lose Its Grip on Power?  Aqil Shah, Foreign Affairs

Joe Biden Discovers Russia  Leon Aron, The Dispatch

Russia, U.S. Interests, and Global Economic Stability  J. Haberman, Russia Matters

No End in Sight to Yemen’s Misery  Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy

A Diplomatic Agenda for the Syrian Puzzle  Charles Thépaut, Washington Institut

Your Monday Briefing

Globalization is incredibly efficient but also so far incredibly unjust.

Pascal Lamy

Azra Isakovic
Dec. 7, 2020

Good morning

Paris eyes Recovery Fund for 25 member states  | EURACTIV

EU countries feel ‘numb’ about Turkey ahead of critical EU summit | EURACTIV

Europe’s Most Terrible Years  Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New York Review of Books

China tries to rewrite the narrative of the pandemic, By Javier C. Hernández  | New York Times

1918 Germany Has a Warning for America, by Jochen Bittner | New York Times

The Case for a Quadripolar World  Daron Acemoglu, Project Syndicate

China’s Bullying Hasn’t Silenced Australia  Elaine Pearson, National Post

The Borshch Battles  Michele Berdy, Moscow Times

The U.S. Companies Enabling Uyghur Genocide  Paul Brian, American Conservative

Dealing With Russia’s Mercenary Armies  Candace Rondeaux, World Politics Review

López Obrador Is Militarizing Mexico  Milena Ang, Financial Times

Why Iran Is Getting the Bomb  Lee Smith, Tablet

Italy’s North-South Divide, Maradona Edition  Hannah Roberts, Politico EU

Culture Vital to Easing Path to Arab-Israeli Peace  Ahmed al Mansoori, Jer. Post

Liberal Internationalism Is Still Indispensable  Michael Hirsh, Foreign Policy

Biden’s Chance for a Legacy Runs Through Europe, China  Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council

Japan, France, US planning first joint military drills in May Report | The Straits Times

Your Saturday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

    In our changing world nothing changes more than geography. Pearl S. Buck

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know

China/ Chinese Communist Party – The Party That Failed China  Cai Xia, Foreign Affairs

China/ Supply Chains  – Does China Pose a Threat to Global Rare Earth Supply Chains? | CSIS

China/Technology –How China is buying up the West’s high-tech sector, Elisabeth Braw, Foreign Policy

US/Defense – Conference Report Summary for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, U.S. House Armed Services Committee 

US/Foreign Policy – A New Direction: A foreign policy playbook on military restraint for the Biden team, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft 

China/Biden  Biden’s Chance to Challenge China  Dan Blumenthal, Newsweek

Vaccines Vaccines Prompt a Wave of Economic Exuberance Robin Wigglesworth, FT

Turkey/EU Turkey Does Its Own Thing  Nigar Goksel & Hugh Pope, Chatham House

RCEPThe Limits of the RCEP  Lee Jong-Wha, Project Syndicate

North KoreaResetting With North Korea  Bonnie Kristian, RealClearWorld

JapanJapan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force Revitalization  Felix Chang, FPRI