Your Friday Briefing

« Only the vanquished remember history. »
Marshall McLuhan


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, April 16, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

EU – Imagine that the coronavirus pandemic, rather than undermining confidence in the European Union, had strengthened it, Yanis Varoufakis | Project Syndicate


Books

Essay –Brexit and the Two Irelands by Ophélie Siméon | Books & Ideas
Essay –The Japanese Press: a Global Exception? by César Castellvi | Books & Ideas
9/11 –Reign of Terror , Spencer Ackerman | Penguin Random House

Must-Reads

Vaccines – Always Read the Methods Section | Zeynep Tufekci
Vaccines – What a J&J vaccine pause means Matthew Field | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
EU/China/Russia – The EU’s Worst Nightmare: a China-Russian Axis, David Hutt | Internationale Politik Quarterly
US/Japan – The Summit That Can’t Fail  Michael Hirsh | Foreign Policy
Germany – The Race to Define Germany’s Evolving Political Center Jeremy Cliffe | NS
India – India’s Trump Card Against China  Phillip Orchard, Geopolitical Futures
Russia/Ukraine – Why Russia Is Threatening Escalation  Gustav Gressel | ECFR
Russia/Ukraine – Russian pressure on Ukraine: military and political dimensions, Marek Menkiszak and Andrzej Wilk | OSW
Digital/EU/UK/USDo continued EU data flows to the United Kingdom offer hope for the United States? Kenneth Propp | Atlantic Council
Drones/Middle East –Droning On in the Middle East, Francis Fukuyama | American Purpose
Diplomacy – How Diplomacy Falls Flat  Sholto Byrnes | The National The National
Taiwan – Is War Over Taiwan Imminent?  Yun Sun | Korea Times
US/Japan – Can Japan, U.S. Lead way to 6G?  James Schoff & Joshua Levy | The Diplomat

Research & Analysis

Proxy Warfare – The Future of Sino-U.S. Proxy War  Dominic Tierney  | Texas National Security Review
Russia/Central and Eastern Europe/Western Balkans –Russia: mighty Slavic brother or hungry bear next-door? The image of Russia in Central & Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, Daniel Milo | Globesec
China/Europe/Economy –  Home advantage: How China’s protected market threatens Europe’s economic power, Agatha Kratz and Janka Oertel | ECFR 
US/Health – The Time Is Now for U.S. Global Leadership on Covid-19 Vaccines, J. Stephen Morrison, Katherine E. Bliss and Anna McCaffrey | CSIS
NATO/Climate –A Climate Security Plan for Nato: Collective Defence for the 21st Century, Erin Sikorski and Sherri Goodman | Policy Exchange

Podcast

UK – Wales, England and the Future of the UK, Daniel Wincott | Talking Politics

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 Tuesday Briefing

Un éditeur qui entre dans son bureau préfère y trouver un cambrioleur qu’un poète.
Jean Cocteau


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 30

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Featured

Economy – A simultaneously expanding and shrinking world, by Branko Milanovic | Social Europe

Books

Feminism – Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, by Rafia Zakaria | Bookshop.org
Review – Derrida and the New Left  Andrew Marzoni, | The Baffler
Review – A French Touch in the Sociology of Wealth, by Nicolas Duvoux  | Books & Ideas

Must-Reads

EU/US/Technology/Defense – Europe and the United States should cooperate more on AI for defense, Benjamin Mueller | Center for Data Innovation
Economy – Chip crisis highlights supply chain new order as carmakers lose out, Peter Campbell and Kana Inagaki | Financial Times
Germany/Russia – The last bridge, The Economist
US – U.S. Doesn’t Treat Its Allies Right  Kori Schake | The Atlantic
China/Taiwan – China Could Decide to Invade Taiwan Soon  R. Jordan Prescott | 1945
Biden – The Puzzle of Biden’s ‘Middle Class Foreign Policy’  Edward Luce | Financial Times
India – India’s Dangerous Myanmar Policy  Sudha Ramachandran | The Diplomat
China – There Will Be No China Reset  Rachel Cheung & Benjamin Wilhelm | WP Review
Germany – The Return of German Politics  Joschka Fischer | Project Syndicate
Russia/AI – Artificial Intelligence in the Russian Army  Pavel Luzin | Riddle
Nato/Asie – Where’s the Asian NATO?  Jack Detsch | Foreign Policy
Middle East – Focus on Influence, Not Power, in the Middle East  Jon Alterman | CSIS
China – China’s Go-It-Alone Five-Year Plan  George Magnus | Japan Times
Europe – Why Europe should spend big like Biden, Christian Odendahl and John Springford | Centre for European Reform

Research & Analysis

US/Digital – Broken trust: Lessons from Sunburst, Trey Herr, Will Loomis, Emma Schroeder, Stewart Scott, Simon Handler and Tianjiu Zuo | Atlantic Council
Europe/Digital – Digital Futures for Europe, Meelis Kitsing | ECIPE
NATO – NATO Partnerships for Women, Peace, and Security, Lisa A. Aronsson | Atlantic Council Taxation/Climate Justice – A European Wealth Tax Policy Study | FEPS
Taxation/Climate Justice – A European Wealth Tax Policy Study – Appendix | FEPS

Podcasts

Talking Politics – Schmitt on Friend vs Enemy | Acast

Your Friday Briefing

History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonaparte


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 12

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Review Essay –  A Tyranny Without Tyrants  Patrick J. Deneen, American Affairs
After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed by Andrew Bacevich | Metropolitan Books
Nonfiction – How Sir Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth I Made England a Global Power, by Nigel Cliff | The New York Times
Nonfiction – In Search of a Kingdom – Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire By Laurence Bergreen | HarperCollins

Must-Reads


UK –The Green New Deal’s time has come – but where has Labour’s radicalism gone? Adam Tooze | The Guardian
Carbon dioxide –The Negative Part of Net Zero, Noah J. Gordon | Internationale Politik Quarterly
Quad/Indo-Pacific – How Biden Can Make the Quad Endure, Evan Feigenbaum, James Schwemlein | Carnegie Endowment
India/China – China’s Himalayan Salami Tactics Are Working  Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate
India/China – India and China Need More Than a Border Pullback  Anubhav Gupta, WP Review
Quad/Indo-Pacific – Is the Quad for Real? We’ll Know More on Friday  Salvatore Babones, Foreign Policy
Biden/Blob – On Shedding an Obsolete Past, Andrew Bacevich | TomDispatch

Quad/Indo-Pacific – The Future of the Quad Is Bright  Jeff M. Smith, RealClearWorld
Balkans – Ethnic Engineering in the Balkans  Aleksandar Brezar, Al Jazeera
Space – Avoiding the Folly of a U.S.-China Space Race  Zhou Bo, SCMP
Taiwan – Supply Chains Critical to Taiwan’s Security  James Lee, East Asia Forum
Data Protection – How Europe’s Intelligence Services Aim to Avoid the EU’s Highest Court | Lawfare
EU/Digital – Why Europe’s Digital Decade Matters by Margrethe Vestager, and Josep Borrell | Project Syndicate

Research & Analysis

AI/Data – Auditing employment algorithms for discrimination, Alex Engler | Brookings Institution
EU/Russia/Counterterrorism – Blurry Counterterrorism: A Chance for Russia, A Risk for Europe, Miriam Heiß | DGAP
EU-China –Towards a Fair and Reciprocal Partnership |  EPP Group

Podcasts

Le Cours de l’histoire – Que nous réserve l’avenir ? Xavier Mauduit | France Culture


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

Bonjour

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