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

Books

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

Must-Reads

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]

Podcasts

Quartier Libre – «Surveiller et asservir» Vanessa Codaccioni

Your Tuesday Briefing

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
Aesop


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 23

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

About : Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire, Pankaj Mishra, by Kanishk Tharoor | The New Republic
History – Can Historians Be Traumatized by History?  | The New Republic

Must-Reads

China –In the new Cold War: Germany wants to be neutral, India is increasingly pro-U.S., the Philippines is trending toward China, and Djibouti is a prized pawn | Bloomberg Opinion
Russia – Putin’s Killers: Russia’s 5 Most Powerful Weapons for Sale  National Interest
Joe Biden – Biden’s brief window to fix the world’s broken institutions, Adam Triggs | East Asia Forum
US/China – The Sino-American War of 2025: A Future History  Michael Auslin, Spectator
UK/Economy – Keeping up appearances: What now for UK services trade? Sam Lowe, Centre for European Reform 
US/Digital – From Washington to Florida, here are Big Tech’s biggest threats from states, Emily Birnbaum, Protocol 
US/China/Vaccine – The U.S.-China Global Vaccine Competition Derek Scissors & Dan Blumenthal | AEI

Research & Analysis

Nato/Proliferation – Reviewing NATO’s Non-proliferation and Disarmament Policy, by Katarzyna Kubiak | IAI  [PDF]
Nato/Digital – Cyber Defence in NATO Countries: Comparing Models, Alessandro Marrone and Ester Sabatino | IAI
OSCE – The Future of the OSCE, | The Wilson Center [PDF]
EU/Iran –Europe’s Defence of the Iran Nuclear Deal, by Riccardo Alcaro | The Intl Spectator || IAI | Taylor & Francis Research Insights
Covid19/Economy –Trade and Global Value Chains at the Time of Covid-19, Anna Maria Pinna & Luca Lodi | The Intl Spectator | IAI | Taylor & Francis Research Insights

 

Podcasts

UE/Iran – Europe’s Defence of the Iran Nuclear Deal: Less than a Success, More than a Failure

Your Friday Briefing

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, February 19

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Sociologie – Se ressaisir Rose-Marie LAGRAVE | Éditions La Découverte
Book – Byzantine Intersectionality, Roland Betancourt | Princeton University Press
Book Review – Byzantine Intersectionality, Roland Betancourt by Meaghan Allen | LSE Review of Books
This is Not Normal – The Collapse of Liberal Britain by William Davies | Verso Books
Kleptopia – How Dirty Money is Conquering the World Tom Burgis | Brave New Europe
Poutine – Poutine. La stratégie du désordre, I. Mandraud, J.Théron | Éditions Tallandier

Must-Reads

US – Ronald Reagan a-t-il vraiment « gagné la guerre froide » ? Pierre Grosser | The Conversation France
EU/Russia – Russia and Europe: the Current Impasse and the Way Out, by Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Rusia
Russia – The Role of Ideology in Foreign Policy, by Kristian Fors | Modern Diplomacy
US – A Superpower, Like It or Not  Robert Kagan, Foreign Affairs
US-China – How Will Biden Handle the Great U.S. Shift to Lesser Power?  Terry Su, SCMP
EU – The EU Is Much Less Wonderful Than It Thinks  Martin Ivens, Bloomberg
Canada – Trudeau’s Willful Blindness to Evils of Chinese Communism  John Robson, NP
China/Pakistan – What Happened to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?  M. Akbar Notezai, Dipl.
EU/China – The European Union has a new trade strategy  Bruno Maçães

Research & Analysis

US/China  – Understanding U.S.-China Decoupling: Macro Trends and Industry Impacts | U.S. Chamber of Commerce [PDF]
Cybersécurité La cybersécurité pour les TPE/PME en douze questions | ANSSI [PDF]
AI – Strengthening international cooperation on artificial intelligence, J. Meltzer C. Kerry | Brookings
AI – A blueprint for technology governance in the post-pandemic world, L. Signé & S. Almond | Brookings
Africa – The Great Reset: Relaunching African economies Landry Signé | Brookings [PDF]

Podcasts

Savoirs – Quand la sociologie émancipe, par Chloé Leprince | France Culture
Sciences Sociales – Entretien avec Rose-Marie Lagrave | Politika

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 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 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

Your Friday Briefing

Tout pouvoir est une conspiration permanente.” Honoré de Balzac


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 29, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Climat – « Climat, la démission permanente » par Cyrille Cormier | Editions Utopia | Decitre
Book Review – Last of the Libertines  Theodore Dalrymple, Law & Liberty
Essay – Harold Bloom’s ‘Rage for Reading’  Robert Gottlieb, The New York Times

Must-Reads

US – Biden administration pauses Trump’s foreign weapons sales, Connor O’Brien, Politico 
US/EU/Digital – 5 charts that explain the digital transatlantic relationship, Mark Scott, Politico   
EU/Health – How Europe fell behind on vaccines, Jillian Deutsch and Sarah Wheaton, Politico   
EU/UK/Health – Delays in covid-19 vaccine delivery are causing tempers to flare and timetables to slip, The Economist 
Arms Control – Saving the Open Skies Treaty, Steven Pifer, Brookings 
Turkey/Eastern Mediterranean – Turkey, Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean: Charting a way out of the current deadlock, Galip Dalay, Brookings  
Russia/Foreign Policy – Russian Foreign Policy in 2020, András Rácz (ed.), DGAP  
Germany/Russia/Energy – Nord Stream 2:Sanctions, Skullduggery and Solutions, Alan Riley, CEPA  
Iran Deal – Netanyahu’s Risky Gambit on Iran Deal  Kurtzer, Miller & Simon, Responsible Statecraft 


 

Research & Analysis

Corruption – Corruption Perceptions Index 2020, Transparency International 
Russia/Foreign Policy – Russian Foreign Policy in 2020, András Rácz (ed.), DGAP  
EU – Anti-Money Laundering in the EU, Karel Lannoo and Richard Parlour, CEPS 
China – The Longer Telegram: Toward a New China Strategy  Atlantic Council
China – Myths, Realities of China’s Military-Civil Fusion  Elsa Kania & Lorand Laskai, CNAS 
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bosnia to war, to Dayton, and to its slow peace, Carl Bildt, ECFR 
Climate/Trade – Toward a Climate-Driven Trade Agenda, Jack Caporal and William Reinsch, CSIS  

Podcast      

Climat – La démission permanente |  France Inter

Your Thursday Briefing

“Government rules the present. Literature rules the future.” Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 28, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Book Review – Missionaries by Paul Klay | The TLS
Kosovo – Unravelling Liberal Interventionism, By Gëzim Visoka, Vjosa Musliu | Routledge
Virtue Hoarders – The Dictatorship of Virtue Geoff Shullenberger | Washington Examiner

Must-Reads

Vaccine Vaccine Wars | Bruno Maçães
US/Europe/Russia – To Silence Navalny, Putin Will Try to Enlist the West, Jeremy Stern | Foreign Affairs   
Health/Europe – Europe faces identity crisis over vaccine trade war, Jakob Hanke Vela | Politico 
Health/Eastern Europe – The geopolitics of covid vaccines in Europe’s eastern neigbourhood, Asli Aydintasbas et al., ECFR 
Europe/China/Sanctions – Extraterritorial Sanctions With a Chinese Trademark, S. Blockmans | CEPS   
EU/Turkey ­–Low expectations: A year of renewal for the EU-Turkey relationship, ECFR   
Europe/China – Europe’s China Chimera, Peter Rough, Hudson Institute
US/Belarus – Biden and Belarus: A Strategy for the New Administration, Anders Åslund, Melinda Haring, John E. Herbst, and Alexander Vershbow | Atlantic Council 
US/Europe/Russia – To Silence Navalny, Putin Will Try to Enlist the West, Jeremy Stern | Foreign Affairs   

Research & Analysis

Think Tank Index – 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, James G. McGann | TTCSP
Economy/Global – World Economic Outlook Update, IMF
Health/China – China’s Health Diplomacy during Covid-19, Moritz Rudolf, SWP
Climate/Security – Climate Security Assessment: A Methodology and Assessment of the Nexus between Climate Hazards and Security of Nations and Regions, Elisabeth Dick and Michel Rademacher, Hague Centre for Strategic Studies 
Security – What Is So Foreign About Foreign Influence Operations? Hedvig Ördén and James Pamment, Carnegie Endowment    

Podcast

The Professional-Managerial Class w/ Catherine Liu | The Jacobin Show

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