L’Inde, une puissance en tensions, par Sabine Jansen

L‘Inde, «de qui toute la terre a besoin et qui seule n’a besoin de personne », écrivait Voltaire dans l’Essai sur les mœurs (1756), possède un pouvoir d’attraction à la hauteur des mythes dont elle est porteuse. La littérature et, plus récemment, le cinéma ont contribué à forger ces images, entre cliché et réalité, qu’éveille toute évocation de l’ancien joyau de l’Empire britannique. De L’Inde sans les Anglais de Pierre Loti (1903), du Kim de Rudyard Kipling (19ÔO), à La Cité de la Joie de Dominique Lapierre pour la littérature, de La Révolte des Cipayes à Coup de foudre à Bollywood en passant par Gandhi, pour le cinéma, l’Inde lointaine habite nos imaginaires.

Pour le poète mexicain Octavio Paz qui y avait été ambassadeur, « l’Inde est plus vaste que le monde » et cette dimension la rend difficile à cerner. Immense (3,2millions de km2), populeuse (1,38 milliard d’habitants), plurielle (28 États et 8 territoires), l’Union indienne est aussi un miracle linguistique (plus de 1000 langues) et un chaudron religieux où coexistent hindouistes, bouddhistes, sikhs, musulmans, chrétiens… 1

Riche de tous les contrastes, la patrie de Gandhi, apôtre de la non-violence, est aussi celle où près de deux millions de femmes sont assassinées chaque année et où les conflits intercommunautaires sont parmi les plus meurtriers au monde. Présentée dans les manuels scolaires comme «la plus grande démocratie du monde », identifiée en 2001 par la banque d’investissement Goldman Sachs comme l’une des puissances émergentes à forte croissance du groupe des BRICS (Brésil, Russie, Inde, Chine et Afrique du Sud), l’Inde est en proie aujourd’hui à de fortes secousses internes et à des défis extérieurs, susceptibles d’entacher son statut de « puissance fiable dépourvue d’ambitions hégémoniques »2.

Économie : brio et pesanteurs

Le slogan électoral du BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party, Parti du peuple indien) en 2014, «les beaux jours arrivent », n’est plus d’actualité. Certes, en 2019, le candidat du parti nationaliste hindou, Narendra Modi, a été réélu et reconduit comme Premier ministre de la cinquième puissance économique mondiale (devant la France), mais l’économie a connu la même année sa croissance la plus faible depuis sept ans (6,1%). La consommation intérieure, l’investissement privé et les exportations ont considérablement ralenti, alors que l’inflation flirte avec les 7 %. Le déficit budgétaire est de plus de 7 % et le niveau de la dette publique atteint 70 % du PIE, que la pandémie de la Cuvid-19 a fait chuter de 24 % en 2020, aggravant la situation.

Pourtant, l’Inde est devenue un géant, réalisant en l’espace de trente ans une réforme économique marquée par une libéralisation progressive, qualifiée de «furtive» en raison de sa prudence, mais qui n’en constitue pas moins une véritable révolution. Quatrième puissance agricole du monde, elle est le second plus important producteur de bétail. Si la part de l’agriculture a baissé ces dernières années, elle représente encore 15% du PIE et occupe 43 % de la population active.

Mais c’est d’abord le secteur tertiaire qui a porté le spectaculaire taux de croissance du pays depuis 2003 et qui contribue à 59 % de son PIB avec seulement 32 % de la main d’œuvre. Elle est une exportatrice majeure de services informatiques, brillant dans la création des logiciels comme dans la fourniture de services de sous-traitance commerciale, avec des pôles technologiques de premier plan (Hyderabad, Bengaluru). Le secteur manufacturier, adossé au charbon dont l’Inde est le troisième producteur, compte deux fleurons : le textile et l’industrie chimique. Plusieurs entreprises comme Tata, Arcelor Mittal ou l’Indian Space Research Organisation (lSRO) dans l’industrie spatiale attestent de son rayonnement économique mondial. Mukesh Ambani, classé cinquième fortune mondiale en 2020 par le magazine Forbes, symbolise la réussite indienne avec sa compagnie Reliance Industries Limited.

Il incarne le capitalisme de ces élites indiennes passées de l’industrie lourde traditionnelle, dont Ambani est l’héritier, aux Data et à la high-tech.
L’industrie emploie toutefois moins d’un quart de la main d’œuvre et représente à peine 26 % du PIE. En 2014, le gouvernement a lancé un plan « Make in India », assorti d’une autre injonction « Make for the World », avec l’ambition d’attirer les investissements étrangers. Les résultats se font pourtant attendre en raison d’une bureaucratie tatillonne, d’une corruption omniprésente et d’infrastructures de transports et de fourniture d’énergie insuffisantes. En 2020, le gouvernement a annoncé un plan de relance de 246 milliards d’euros assorti de réformes, visant à davantage d’autonomie et de souveraineté industrielle : l’Inde est certes la plus grande pharmacie de la planète mais 70 % des principes actifs utilisés par ses firmes sont fabriqués en Chine.
Pour y remédier, 24 « secteurs champions » ont été identifiés pour les dix ans à venir. Ils s’appuient sur les cinq corridors industriels ou économiques qui relient les plus grandes agglomérations, Delhi , Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru et Ahmedabad. Ces zones modernisées doivent contribuer à créer des emplois3 dans un pays où le chômage, estimé à au moins 6 % de la population, n’a jamais été aussi élevé depuis 45 ans. En 2018, la compagnie des chemins de fer indiens a reçu 25 millions de candidatures pour 90000 postes à pourvoir…

Pour lire la suite: L’Inde: une puissance singulière | Questions internationales N° 106 – Mars-avril 2021

Notes

1 Les données chiffrées et statistiques qui figurent dans cette ouverture sont celles données avec leurs sources par les auteurs dans les contributions qui suivent.
2 Isabelle Saint-Mézard,« L’Inde en Asie de l’Est: engagement sous réserve ? », Politique étrangère, 2-20 12, p.371.
3 Philippe Cadène et Yves-Marie Rault,« Les corridors industriels en Inde. Entre libéralisation du capital productif et stratégies de développement régional », EchoGéo [en ligne], 49/2019, mis en ligne le 23 octobre 2019, https://doi.org/IOAOOO/echogeo.17830

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Otto Von Bismarck


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Friday, April 30, 2021

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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

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There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
William Halsey


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

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Review – Portrait of the philosopher as a young man, by Branko Milanovic | Global inequality

Books

Biography – “Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society”  Michael Heinrich | Monthly Review
Recension/Histoire – Histoires d’Algérie par Étienne Augris | La Vie des idées

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US/EU – A Transatlantic Tally, Katharina Emschermann | Internationale Politik Quarterly
Global – Strengthening the G-20 in an era of great power geopolitical competition, Colin I. Bradford | Brookings
UK – Can the UK be secure if Europe is not? The UK’s (un)Integrated Review, Ian Bond | Centre for European Reform
US/Corruption – Corruption Is a National Security Threat. The CROOK Act Is a Smart Way to Fight It. Senator Roger F. Wicker and Senator Ben Cardin | Just Security
Western Balkans  – The Balkans’ demons of ethno-nationalism, Ralf Melzer | IPS
China/Russia/Turkey – Relegating the “Russia Problem” to Turkey, Emil Avdaliani |  CEPA
Russia/India – Putin pledges medical aid to India in phone call with Modi | China Xinhua News
Climate change: What has Biden promised to do? And is it enough? Oliver Milman | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Secret agreements: How Frontex is helping to drag migrants back to Libyan torture camps | DER SPIEGEL
Biden’s First 100 Days – Has Biden Repaired Trust with the EU? Rosa Balfour | Carnegie Endowment
Biden’s First 100 Days – Has Biden Made the Right Calculation on Russia? Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Endowment

Research & Analysis

EU – Strategic autonomy and the transformation of the EU: New agendas for security, diplomacy, trade and technology, Niklas Helwig et al. | Finnish Institute of International Affairs
China/Russia/Central and Eastern Europe – Partnership Without Substance: Sino-Russian Relations in Central and Eastern Europe, Bobo Lo and Edward Lucas | CEPA

Podcasts

Visioconférence – Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer, Ministre allemande de la Défense, 20 avril 2021 | Ifri/ Fondation Konrad-Adenauer

Your Tuesday Briefing

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


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 Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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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


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Monday, April 26, 2021

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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

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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


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Friday April 23, 2021

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Monday Briefing

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.
Herodotus


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, April 19, 2021

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Featured

France/Sahel – Philanthropic Imperialism, Stephen W. Smith | London Review of Books

Books

Books interview –Laurent Binet: ‘In France, I just feel like we are lost in space’, Alex Preston | Guardian Books
About – Louis Menand : “The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War,” by Marc Tracy | The New York

Must-Reads

Guaranteed Work –Does it make sense to question the morality of capitalism? Laura Pennacchi  | Social Europe
Financial NewsChina Officially Backs A Crypto Currency And Establishes It As Their Official Coin,  Shen Haixiong | Forbes
UK –Understanding Britain’s New Strategic Outlook  Ryan Evans | War on the Rocks
Ukraine/Russia – Why All-Out Ukraine-Russia War Is Unlikely  Liana Semchuk | The Conversation
US/China – Did China Simulate Attack on U.S. Carrier?  Stephen Silver | 1945
US – America’s Come-From-Behind Pandemic Victory  Hal Brands | Foreign Policy
China – Can China’s New Trade Strategy Hit the Right Buttons?  Wang Yong | EA Forum
Jordan –Inside Jordan’s royal crisis: why the prince turned to tribal leaders for support, Mehul Srivastava and Andrew England | FT
Economy – Forget identity politics: economics is what matters now, Simon Kuper | FT Weekend Magazine

Research & Analysis

China/Foreign Policy – What Do Overseas Visits Reveal about China’s Foreign Policy Priorities? | CSIS
US/EU/Economy – The US proposals on digital services taxes and minimum tax rates: How the EU should respond, Zach Meyers | Centre for European Reform
COVID-19/Recover – To recover from COVID-19, downtowns must adapt, Tracy Hadden Loh Joanne Kim | Brookings

Podcasts

How did the Iraq catastrophe happen?

Hosted by award-winning reporter Noreen Malone, the fifth season of Slow Burn explores the people and ideas that propelled the country into the Iraq war, and the institutions that failed to stop it.

Your Friday Briefing

« Only the vanquished remember history. »
Marshall McLuhan


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, April 16, 2021

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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