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, April 30, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

Imperialism – The Enduring Legacy of Kwame Nkrumah, An interview with William Shoki, Benjamin Talton, Anakwa Dwamena | Tribune

Books

France/Afrique – Le piège africain de Macron, Antoine Glaser, Pascal Airault | Fayard
Review – The influence of the Soviet economic model and the lessons for China  Branko Milanovic | Global inequality
Review – Kubrick’s Human Comedy, Andrew Delbanco | The New York Review of Books

Must-Reads

US – Biden’s 100-day strategy: Under-promise and over-deliver, Elaine Kamarck | Brookings
US – The Biden 100-Day Progress Report | Foreign Policy
US/Germany – Joe Biden’s 100 Days of Solitude: How Germany is botching the transatlantic restart with the new US administration, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff and Andrea Rotter | IPQ
Egypt – Is History Coming for Sisi’s Regime?  Robert Kaplan | Foreign Policy
India – India’s ‘Scenes From Dante’s Inferno’  Zarir Udwadia | Financial Times
China – The Hidden Weakness of China’s Military  Steve Sacks | The Diplomat
US/China – How to Fight a Maritime War Against China  James Holmes | 1945
India – India’s Covid Tsunami  Shashi Tharoor | Project Syndicate
China – China Grows Military Education Diplomacy in Cen. Asia  Erica Marat | PONARS
US/Taiwan/China – Washington Avoids Tough Questions on Taiwan and China  Charles Glaser | FA
Germany/Climate – ‘Historic’ German ruling says climate goals not tough enough, Kate Connolly | The Guardian
EU/China – The Belt and Road Initiative: Forcing Europe to Reckon with China? Jennifer Hillman and Alex Tippett | Council on Foreign Relations

Research & Analysis

Arms Control – The Future of Strategic Arms Control, Rebecca Lissner | Council on Foreign Relation
Digital/Security – Quantifying Risk: Innovative Approaches to Cybersecurity, Adam Bobrow | GMF
Health/Global – Pandemic preparedness and response: Beyond the WHO’s Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, Kaushik Basu, Lawrence Gostin and Nicole Hassoun | Brookings
EU – The EU’s arms control challenge, Clara Portela | EUISS

Podcast

100 premiers jours de Biden – Joe Biden, le révolutionnaire qu’on n’attendait pas | L’Heure du Monde

Your Tuesday Briefing

« We are not makers of history. We are made by history. »
Martin Luther King, Jr.


By Azra Isakovic

 Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Featured

US Foreign Policy –  Understanding the Kennan Consensus Robert Kaplan | National Interest

Books

War in Abkhazia – Mobilizing in Uncertainty – Collective Identities and War in Abkhazia, by Anastasia Shesterinina | Cornell Press
Slavic Studies –  Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000–1900, Edited by Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec  | Cornell Press
À propos de : Paul Chauvin, L’obligation militaire sous l’Ancien Régime | Institut Universitaire Varenne, par Sümbül Kaya | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

Germany – Angela Merkel Has Been in Power for 15 Years. What Comes Next? Anna Sauerbrey | The New York Times
EU/Technology – EU outlines wide-ranging AI regulation, but leaves the door open for police surveillance, James Vincent | The Verge
US/Japan – Defense Ties With Japan, U.S. Needed  Yao Chung-yuan | Taipei Times
China/Taiwan – China’s Pineapple Ban Shows Taiwan’s Vulnerability Shang-su Wu | EA Forum
US/China – Without Trade Strategy, There’s No Winning Against China  F. Kempe | AC
US – Joe Biden’s First 100 Days Reshaped America, Jonathan Chait | New York Magazine
Ukraine – Ukraine is an intractable problem, made worse by a lack of strategy, Iulia Joja | The Hill
Climate/US/Europe – New US climate strategy opens up old faultlines with Europe, Mehreen Khan, Leslie Hook, Victor Mallet and Katrina Manson | Financial Times
Nuclear Secrecy – Alex Wellerstein pulls back the curtain on nuclear secrecy Dr. Susan D’Agostino | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists  


Research & Analysis

US/EU/Afghanistan – A transatlantic charter on Afghan sovereignty, security, and development, Shaharzad Akbar, Madeleine Albright and Federica Mogherini, et al. | Atlantic Council
Libya – Libya’s Flawed Unity Government, Wolfram Lacher | SWP Berlin
EU/India – India: An Ambivalent Partner for the West, Christian Wagner, Jana Lemke | SWP Berlin
Europe/Technology – Europe’s Capacity to Act in the Global Tech Race, Kaan Sahin and Tyson Barker | DGAP

Podcasts

Tchad – Mort d’Idriss Déby : une perte stratégique pour la France avc Alain Antil | RTL France
Global Security Briefing – Germany and the Future of European Security | RUSI

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 Friday Briefing

“The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.”  
Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Friday April 23, 2021

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

Wirecard Scandal – The Weird, Extremely German Origins of the Wirecard Scandal, Adrian Daub | The New Republic

Books

Covid19 – The Covid Consensus – The New Politics of Global Inequality, Toby Green | Hurst Publishers
Sanctions – The Economic Weapon – The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War, Nicholas Mulder | yalebooks

Must-Reads

Europe/China/Technology – TikTok sued on behalf of millions of European children over data concerns, Madhumita Murgia | Financial Times
US/Japan – With U.S. Help, Japan’s Stance on China Hardens Jennifer Lind | Financial Times
US – Engage Americans in Foreign Policy Daniel Baer | Foreign Policy
US/Russia – Why Is Biden Risking War With Russia?  Ted Galen Carpenter | 1945
US/Russia – Did Biden Blink on Russia?  Paul Roderick Gregory | The Hill
Xinjiang – A Manitoba Couple Who Saw the Horrors in Xinjiang J. Chiu & J. Nuttall | The Star
Australia/China – Australia Vetoes Victoria’s Belt and Road Deal With China  | Stratfor Worldview
Australia/China – We Lead the World in Confronting China  Eryk Bagshaw | Sydney Morning Herald
Belarus – The Bizarre Belarus ‘Coup Plot’  Brian Whitmore [ Atlantic Council
Digital/Trade – The changing nature of digital trade, current and future barriers and ideas to overcome them, Javier López-González |  Wilson Center
Russia – Russia and the Future of Drone Swarms  Samuel Bendett | Modern War Institute Russia/Czech Republic – Russian attacks in the Czech Republic: domestic context, implications, perspectives | OSW
Defense – The Nine Commandments on Countering Hybrid Threats, Michael Rühle | Internationale Politik Quarterly

Research & Analysis

EU/Technology – Proposal for a Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence | European Commission
China – After Xi: Future Scenarios for Leadership Succession in Post-Xi Jinping Era, Richard McGregor, Jude Blanchette | CSIS

Podcasts

Josep Borrell – La Commission européenne est-elle devenue vraiment géopolitique ? | IFRI

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 Tuesday Briefing

You exist only in what you do.
Federico Fellini


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Featured

Review – Into Each Other’s Eyes: On Jasmila Žbanić’s “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, Sejla Rizvic | LA Review of Books (LARB)

Events

Allemagne/France –Travailler ensemble au renforcement de la sécurité et de la défense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer/Thierry de Montbrial | Ifri /Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Books

Review –The Reorientations of Edward Said Pankaj Mishra | The New Yorker
À propos de : Bernard Rougier (dir.), Les territoires conquis de l’islamisme | Puf par Vincent Geisser & Haoues Seniguer | La Vie des idées
À propos de : Mark Granovetter, Société et économie | Seuil, par Nathan Ferret | La Vie des Idees

Must-Reads

Biden/Afghanistan –Why Joe Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal doesn’t mark the end of America’s “forever war” Samuel Moyn | New Statesman
Foreign Policy –The Home Front, by Charles A. Kupchan and Peter L. Trubowitz | Foreign Affairs
UK –Britain’s Benefit Madness, @RSkidelsky | Robert Skidelsky
US – Why Political Sectarianism is a Growing Threat to American Democracy, Nate Cohn | New York Times
Germany/Health – The Failure of Germany’s Coronavirus Strategy, Matthias Bartsch, et al. | Der Spiegel
EU/US/Australia/India/Japan/Indo-Pacific – Friends in deed: How the EU and the Quad can promote security in the Indo-Pacific, Manisha Reuter | ECFR
EU – Income inequality in the EU: General trends and policy implications, Stefano Filauro, Georg Fischer | VoxEU/CEPR
Afghanistan – Is America’s longest forever war really coming to an end? | Adam Weinstein and Stephen Wertheim | The Guardian

Research & Analysis

China/Economy – No, China Does Not Make Everything! David Henig and Anna Guildea | ECIPE
EU/Indo-Pacific – EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific | Council of the European Union
France/Allemagne – Un pacifisme à géométrie variable. Les partis allemands et la participation de la Bundeswehr à des opérations extérieures, Paul Maurice | Ifri

Podcasts

 “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, Jasmila Žbanić

Your Thursday Briefing

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Perspective – Twilight of the economists? More like twilight of the neoliberals Daniel W. Drezner | The Washington Post

Books

About: Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics and the Fight for a Better Future by Paul Krugman | Norton,  Adam Tooze | London Review of Books
À propos de : Donald Reid, L’affaire Lip, 1968-1981, Presses universitaires de Rennes, par Ismaïl Ferhat | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

US/Russia – Putin’s sabre-rattling wins west’s attention and Biden summit Henry Foy | Financial Times
US/China(in French) – Germany will have to make real choices Thierry de Montbrial | Le Monde
Vaccine – Why Biden health officials decided to pause J&J’s coronavirus vaccine Laurie McGinley, Lena H. Sun and Frances Stead Sellers | The Washington Post
US/Russia – President Biden on Tuesday proposed that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a summit | WSJ
Disruptive Technologies – Meet the Future WMD, the Drone Swarm  Zachary Kallenborn | The Bulletin
US/China/Taiwan – Biden Faces Reckoning on China, Taiwan  Joseph Bosco | The Hill
Energy/Trade – Hydrogen: The Key to Decarbonizing the Global Shipping Industry? William Alan Reinsch | CSIS
Biden/China – Biden Needs to Ditch Xi Infatuation  Joseph Bosco | Taipei Times
Quad – The Quad Delivers. Can It Endure?  Susan Thornton | Lowy Interpreter
US/Russia – Facing the Facts of War With Russia  Douglas Macgregor | The American Conservative
BCE – Quand la BCE a-t-elle stoppé la contagion de la Covid-19 aux marchés financiers ?  Aymeric Ortmans & Fabien Tripier | La Lettre du CEPII ; N°416 – Mars 2021
Serbia/Health – Bounty of Serbian vaccine diplomacy shames the EU, Valerie Hopkins, Financial Times
Data – HOUSE ARREST How An Automated Algorithm Constrained Congress for a Century, Dan Bouk | Data & Society

Research & Analysis

US/Iran – Other Sides of Renegotiating Iran Agreement  Anthony Cordesman | CSIS
US/Russia /Cyber Security – Lessons of the SolarWinds hack by Marcus Willett | IISS
Germany/Economy – What is Wrong with the German Economy? The Case for Openness to Technology and Human Capital, Philipp Lamprecht | ECIPE
Europe/Economy/Health – COVID-19 credit support programs in Europe’s five largest economies, Julia Anderson, Francesco Papadia and Nicolas Véron | PIIE
Bulletin75 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – 75th Special Anniversary Issue, currently available to read with free access |   Routledge Politics, IR & Area Studies

Podcasts

Russia/Ukraine “This is a force that is much more potent than it was when Ukraine was first invaded” – The Intelligence | The Economist  

Your Wednesday Briefing

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.”
Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Featured

Inde – L’Inde🇮🇳 : une puissance singulière | Questions internationales – N° 106 | La Documentation française | [PDF]

Books

Taiwan – Difficult Choices Richard C. Bush | Brookings Institution Press

Must-Reads

Russia/Ukraine –War Alert: What’s Behind It and What Lies Ahead? Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Russia
EU/China – The EU-China investment deal may be anachronic in a bifurcating world, Alicia Garcia Herrero | Bruegel
US – Biden’s Foreign Policy Starts At Home, Peter Nicholas | The Atlantic
EU/UK –UK goods trade with EU signals recovery, by Anna Tsaac | Politico
US/Russia – Nuclear arms control in the 2020s. Key issues for the US and Russia, Steven Pifer | Valdai Discussion Club
Russia/Ukraine – Penned in on Multiple International Issues, Putin Strives to Show Resolve on Ukraine, Pavel K. Baev | The Jamestown Foundation
Russia/Ukraine – Russia, Ukraine and the West: How do you solve a problem like Vladimir? Ian Bond | Centre for European Reform
US/Europe/China – Shifting Commercial Ties Among the U.S., Europe and China, Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph P. Quinlan | Wilson Center
China – Some initial notes on China’s central bank digital currency | Bruno Maçães
EU-China –Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, Stewart Paterson |  Hinrich Foundation
Nord Stream 2 – Background, objections, and possible outcomes, Steven Pifer | Brookings Institution

Research & Analysis

Rebuild with purpose –  An affirmative vision for  21st century American  infrastructure, Adie Tomer, Joseph W. Kane, and Caroline George | Brookings Institution
China/EU – Is the European Union’s investment agreement with China underrated? Uri Dadush and Andre Sapir | Bruegel
Arctic – Northern expedition: China’s Arctic ambition and activism, RushDoshi, Alexis Dale-Huang, Gaoqi Zhang | Brookings Institution
Think tanks –How do think tanks react to or foster change? OTT Annual Review 2020-2021 | On Think Tanks

Podcasts

History Of Ideas –Nozick on Utopia | Talking Politics

Your Monday Briefing

“Absolute power demoralizes.”  Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, April 12, 2021

Good morning

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