Your Thursday Briefing

What we need is to use what we have. – Susan Sontag


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 25

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

France – À la ligne de Joseph Ponthus | Editions Table Ronde
France – La guerre des mots par Nicolas Framont, Selim Derkaoui, Antoine Glorieux | éditions le passager clandestin
US/China – The Great Decoupling by Nigel Inkster | Hurst Publishers

Must-Reads

EU – Chartbook Newsletter #13  by Adam Tooze
Khashoggi report – Biden set to call Saudi king, by HansNichols | Axios
Russia/Turkey – The biggest geopolitical shake-ups since the end of the cold war | The Economist
BigTech – Facebook and Australia both claim victory | The Economist
Capitalisme – Ce que le règne de McKinsey et des cabinets de conseil nous dit, par Nicolas Framont | Frustration magazine
US – ‘Great Power Competition’ is a Dangerously Simple Frame, C. Anthony Pfaff | Defense One
US/Defense/Europe/Africa – US to push troop synchronisation between Europe and Africa commands, Alexandra Brzozowski | Euractiv
Europe/China – China Faces European Obstacles as Some Countries Heed U.S. Pressure, Daniel Michaels and Valentina Pop | The Wall Street Journal

Research & Analysis

Tech Future – Improving Social Media | Scribd
Europe/Defense – Collective Collapse or Resilience? European Defense Priorities in the Pandemic Era, Corentin Brustlein (ed.) | IFRI
Africa – A Post-Covid-19 Reset: The Future of Africa’s Foreign Partnerships, By Judd Devermont | CSIS

Podcasts

Joseph Ponthus : « L’usine a enlevé tout le gras de mes textes » | France Culture
Joseph Ponthus – À la ligne : feuillets d’usine  | YouTube

Your Monday Briefing

The most important political office is that of the private citizen. Louis D. Brandeis


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, February 15

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

À propos de : « La ville néolibérale » de Gilles Pinson | Puf
The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe, by Dylan Riley | Verso Books

Must-Reads

Why liberal democracies do not depend on truth, par Dylan Riley | NewStatesman
Pandemic – Critical Thinking isn’t Just a Process | Zeynep Tufekci
Big Tech – The EU is about to make Facebook even worse Steven Hill | International Politics & Society
Why Trump isn’t a fascist  Richard J Evans | NewStatesman 
Seth Abramson’s viral meta-journalism unreality, Lyz Lenz | CJR
Is 2021 the year of NFTs? | Bruno Maçães
When Allies Go Nuclear | ForeignAffairs
Joe Biden’s growing frustration with Europe yanks Britain out of the doghouse | The Times
Bitcoin’s rise reflects America’s decline, by Rana Foroohar | Financial Times
Covid19 – WHO: COVID-19 didn’t leak from a lab. Also WHO: Maybe it did, by Filippa Lentzos | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Covid-19 – Covid-19 pandemic: China ‘refused to give data’ to WHO team | BBC

Research & Analysis

US/Nuclear Why is America getting a new $100 billion nuclear weapon? Elisabeth Eaves | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
US/Nuclear – Nuclear Modernization under Competing Pressures | CSIS PDF
EU – Rule-bending debates in recent Finnish EU policy: Pacta sunt servanda? Saila Heinikoski | FIIA PDF
US – How America Changed During Donald Trump’s Presidency | Pew Research Center

Podcasts

TIAN – Un tigre de papier, le traité d’interdiction des armes nucléaires? | RFI





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 Wednesday Briefing

    Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, February 10

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Top 5 Books: February 2021 by Krisztina Csortea | International Affairs
Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism | Princeton University Press
Solzhenitsyn – Solzenitsyn and the Engine of History  Robert D. Kaplan | The New Criterion

Must-Reads

US/France – France Sees an Existential Threat From U.S. Campuses  Norimitsu Onishi | NYT
Netherlands – The next stage of Dutch populism? | International Politics & Society
Health/Digital – Coronavirus accelerates contactless travel, raising privacy concerns, Mari Eccles | Politico
Digital – Digital reckoning? The Biden administration and prospects for greater transatlantic alignment on digital competition, Miranda Lutz and Max van Thun | Global Counsel
Digital/Europe – Referees don’t win games: Europe and the digital great game, José I. Torreblanca | ECFR
Digital/Russia – Russia is trying to set the rules for the Internet. The UN saw through the ruse, David Ignatius | The Washington Post
Germany/Russia – Dead-end pragmatism: Germany’s Russia strategy after Merkel, Gustav Gressel | ECFR
France France’s Vanishing Center, Patrick Chamorel | American Purpose
EU –  Lessons from the battleground: EU strategic autonomy after the ‘vaccine wars’, Ricardo Borges de Castro | European Policy Centre
Belarus – Why the Belarusian Revolution Has Stalled, Ryhor Astapenia | Chatham House
Japan – Taiwan Looms Over Japan’s Security Concerns  Brad Glosserman | Japan Times
China – From China Fantasy to China Nightmare  Ian Easton | Taipei Times
George Schultz – George Schultz Understood Money Was Power  Hal Brands | Bloomberg
U.S. Foreign Policy –  When Is U.S. Foreign Policy Strongest?  Robert Kaplan | Time
Biden/Middle East – Measuring Biden’s First Middle East Moves  George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures

Research & Analysis

Cheap Talk- China’s Central Bank Still Struggles to Speak to Markets | CSIS
Myanmar –  Myanmar’s generals recoup: The recurrence of military-defined “disciplined democracy”, Bart Gaens | FIIA PDF

Podcasts

Covid, saison 3 (2/4) – Restrictions sanitaires : les limites de l’acceptation sociale | France Culture

Your Tuesday Briefing

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Ambrose Bierce


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 09

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

About : Le temps du paysage. Aux origines de la révolution esthétique, Jacques Rancière | La Fabrique, by Laurent Folliot | Books & Ideas
À propos de : Techno-féodalisme. Critique de l’économie numérique de Cédric Durand, par Thibault Darcillon | La Vie des idées


Ukrainian Business – Exclusive: First ‘Excerpt’ From Hunter Biden’s Memoir  Kyle Smith, New York Post

Must-Reads

OpenLux – Entre la France et le Luxembourg, une faille fiscale pour l’immobilier de luxe | Le Monde
OpenLux/Luxembourg – Shedding Light on Big Secrets in Tiny Luxembourg, Antonio Baquero, Maxime Vaudano, Cecilia Anesi, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
France – How consultants like McKinsey took over France, by Paul de Villepin & Elisa Braün | POLITICOEurope
US/China – Why is Biden proposing a massive stimulus plan for … Chinese manufacturers? | Bruno Maçães
China – China Ends the Clubhouse Spring  Melissa Chan, Foreign Policy
Digital/US – US’s flawed approach to 5G threatens its digital future, Eric Schmidt, Financial Times
US/Russia –Dealing With Biden’s America, by Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Russia
Digital/US – How the United States Lost to Hackers, Nicole Perlroth, New York Times
Technology/China –From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards, Valentina Pop, Sha Hua and Daniel Michaels, The Wall Street Journal
EU/Energy/Climate – EU urged to quit energy treaty as companies sue over climate action, Mehreen Khan, Financial Times
China/Central and Eastern Europe – Baltic vs. Beijing: Lithuania, Estonia snub Xi’s eastern summit, Stuart Lau | Politico
Yemen – Accomplice to Carnage in Yemen  Robert Malley & Stephen Pomper, Foreign Affairs

Research & Analysis

UK/China –  Inadvertently Arming China? by Radomir Tylecote & Robert Clark | Civitas think tank 📥 [PDF]


Technology/China – China, Europe and the New Power Competition over Technical Standards, Tim Rühlig | Swedish Institute of International Affairs
US/Africa – Ideas for Policy on Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia  R. Satloff & S. Feuer, Wash. Ins.

Podcasts

Covid, saison 3 (1/4) : L’Europe des vaccins : la grande cacophonie | 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 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 Wednesday Briefing

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.
Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 27, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Napoleon’s Kindle – See the Miniaturized Traveling Library He Took on Military Campaigns | Open Cultur
Book Review – Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law, by Deborah Pearlstein | War on the Rocks
Law’s Wars – The Fate of the Rule of Law in the US ‘War on Terror’ by Richard Abel | Cambridge University Press
Law’s TrialsThe Performance of Legal Institutions in the US ‘War on Terror’ by Richard Abel | Cambridge University Press

Must-Reads

COVID-19 – A Race Between Vaccines and the Virus as Recoveries Diverge, by Gita Gopinath | IMF
US – Our Radicalized Republic, Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux | FiveThirtyEight 
US/EU – Working With the Biden Administration: Opportunities for the EU, Rosa Balfour, et al., Carnegie Europe  
US/EU/China – Making the World Great Again: Europe, the United States, and China, Radek Sikorski | Lisbon Council 
EU/UK/Indo-Pacific – Can the EU and UK Cooperate in the Indo-Pacific, David Hutt | Internationale Politik Quarterly   
Global/Health – The Sting in COVID-19’s Tail, Tarek Ghani | Foreign Affairs  
Middle East/Europe – Arab spring, European winter, H.A. Hellyer | Politico  
Nuclear – Revitalizing nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and China, Robert Einhorn | Brookings  
Nuclear – Extending New START Should Be Just the Beginning, Megan Dubois, Gaurav Kalwani, Pranay Vaddi | Carnegie Endowment

Research & Analysis

US/Technology – Draft Final Report, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence 
China – A Remarkable Resemblance: Germany from 1900 to 1945 and China today. Time for a NATO for trade? Robert D. Atkinson, International Economy 
Kosovo/Serbia – Relaunching the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue | International Crisis Group 

Podcasts

US/Russia – Engaging the Evil Empire  War on the Rocks
China vs. Australia – Essential Geopolitics: China vs. Australia  Stratfor Worldview

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

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

Must-Reads

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

Your Thursday Briefing

Croyez en vos rêves et ils se réaliseront peut-être. Croyez en vous et ils se réaliseront sûrement. Martin Luther King


Azra Isakovic

Thursday, December 31

Good evening

Your Thursday Briefing – What you should know for Thursday December 31

Books

Books – Top 10 Books: the International Affairs Christmas reading list 2020 | InternationalAffairs

Books Engaging China | Columbia University Press

Books – Look to the future — what to read in 2021 | Financial Times

Books – Citizenship between Empire and Nation by Frederick Cooper | Princeton University Press

Books –The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz | Mostafa Minawi | Stanford Press

Books – Outsourcing Empire, J C Sharman and Andrew Phillips | Princeton University Press

Books – Best Books of the Year 2020 | Financial Times

Must-Reads

Chin🇨🇳/HongKong🇭🇰 – Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai sent back to jail  | Financial Times

EU/China – 10 Key Details in UK-EU Trade Deal  Anna Isaac, Politico EU

EU/China – What is in the EU-China investment treaty? | Financial Times

Asia/RCEP – “What RCEP can tell us about geopolitics in Asia” Rocky Intan | Lowy Institute

Covid19 – COVID Has No Grand Lesson for the World  Janan Ganesh, Financial Times

Asie/RCEP – What RCEP can tell us about geopolitics in Asia Rocky Intan | Lowy Institute

Foreign PolicyForeign Policy Stories That Packed a Punch in 2020  Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy

UK – Offa’s Dyke: Britain’s Unmarked ‘No-Man’s Land’  Oliver Smith, BBC

Indonesia’s Nonalignment Problem  Nithin Coca, Foreign Affairs

Biden – Biden Must Embrace Liberal Nationalism  John Mearsheimer, National Interest

U.S. Will to Fight Boils Down to Its Interests  Chang Kuo-tsai, Taipei Times

Handling the Growing Risk of Doing Business With China  M. Shoebridge, ASPI

Europe – Europe’s Misconceived Cohesion by Bálint Magyar, et al | Project Syndicate

China🇨🇳/BigTech – The big questions for Big Tech in 2021 | FT China

Research & Analysis

Africa/SahelRethinking Crisis Responses in the Sahel, Judd Devermont & Marielle Harris | CSIS PDF

US/Syria – Reframing US Syria policy: The road to Damascus runs through Moscow | Brookings Institution  PDF

Conférences/ Frederick Cooper : Empire, nation et citoyenneté : la France et l’Afrique

Asia/Trade –  Digital trade in the Asia-Pacific by Deborah Elms | Hinrich Foundation


Thank you and Happy New Year !

Azra