Your Thursday Briefing

“The more identities a man has, the more they express the person they conceal.” John le Carré


By Azra Isakovic

February 04, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

European Social Democracy From Revolution to Reformism, by Adam Przeworski | Boston Review
European Social Democracy – Market Economy, Market Society by Adam Przeworski. | Phenomenal World

Opinion

Technocratic Despotism –  Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule’s Technocratic Despotism, Jason Blakely | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Must-Reads

#EU🇪🇺 – Europe’s ‘long-Covid’ economic frailty, by Adam Tooze | IPS
Energy – 5 Oil And Gas Predictions For 2021 | OilPrice.com
Italie – An Italian rescue mission for Mario Draghi | Financial Times
Brexit – Brexit Is Probably the United Kingdom’s Death Knell  Brent Peabody, Foreign Policy
UK/EU – Foreign Policy Cooperation: Brexit’s Missing Link, Luigi Scazzieri, Centre for European Reform
EU/Health EU Faces 100 Billion-Euro Price Tag for Bungled Vaccine Push, Alexander Weber, Bloomberg
EU/US – Open strategic autonomy: What’s in a name? Susan Danger, Euractiv
EU/US/China – EU goes soft on China in hopes of a climate ‘partnership’ while the US plays hardball, Karl Mathiesen, Politico
Digital – Advancing Data Governance in the G7, Matthew P. Goodman and Pearl Risberg, CSIS
Eastern Europe – Tackling frozen conflicts in the EU’s own neighbourhood, Bogdan Aurescu, EU Observer

Research & Analysis

Democracy – Global democracy has a very bad year | The Economist Europe/Mobility – European Mobility Atlas 2021: Facts and Figures About Transport and Mobility in Europe, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Central and Eastern Europe/China – The Chinese Economic Footprint in Central and Eastern Europe: Impact on Energy Transition and Climate, Center for the Study of Democracy
US/Deterrence – Forging 21st-Century Strategic Deterrence, Admiral Charles A. Richard, U.S. Naval Institute
China – Chinese State Capitalism, Jude Blanchette | Hinrich Foundation  📥  PDF
Technology – Digital technology and democratic theory,  | Data & Society 📥 PDF
China –Addressing Forced Labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region | CSIS 📥 PDF
EU/Economy/Energy – The geopolitics of the European Green Deal | Bruegel 📥 PDF

Podcasts

Sahel – «Projet d’expansion» d’al-Qaïda vers le golfe de Guinée avc Alain Antil | RFI

Russie – «La condamnation de Navalny va plutôt encourager un certain nombre de manifestations» avc Florent Parmentier, | RFI

Your Tuesday Briefing

“Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited.”

Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

February 02, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

À propos de : Comment perdre une guerre, Élie Baranets | CNRS Ed, par T Delamare | La Vie des idées


Surveillance Capitalism – The Coup We Are Not Talking About  Shoshana Zuboff | The New York Times
Review – Napoleon & De Gaulle: Heroes and History, by Daniel J. Mahoney | City Journal
About: Le dossier sauvage, Philippe Artières | Gallimard, by Jean-Baptiste Vuillerod | Books & Ideas

Must-Reads

US/China – How We Lose against China | National Review
US – What those mourning the fragility of American democracy get wrong, Alasdair S. Roberts, The Conversation
US – Joe Biden’s ‘Buy American’ isn’t bad, it’s necessary, Rana Foroohar, Financial Times
US/Europe – Transatlantic relations for the Biden era and beyond, Ian Bond, Centre for European Reform
US/Turkey – A path for Joe Biden to reset US relations with Turkey, Sinan Ulgen, Financial Times
EU/Digital – Europe’s digital economy needs analogue wings to fly, Martin Sandbu, Financial Times
Draw Red Lines and Focus on Xi  Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council
Taiwan – Taiwan as an Economic Fortress  Huang Tien-lin, Taipei Times
Xi Tells the World What He Really Wants  Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy
Biden’s Nightmare May Be China  Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
Von Der Leyen’s Trail of Disaster  Matthew Lynn, Spectator
Vaccine – Why the European Commission Failed the Vaccine Challenge  G. Rachman, FT
UK/China – The U.K.’s Incoherent China Strategy  David Green, World Politics Review
Myanmar’s Coup – Myanmar’s Coup Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone Salil Tripathi, Foreign Policy
Myanmar’s Coup – Burma’s Coup: What to Watch For  Michael Auslin, National Review
Myanmar’s Coup – A Hero or a Foil? Myanmar’s Leader Ends Up as Neither  Hannah Beech, NYT

Research & Analysis

Environment – The Green Future Index | MIT Technology Review
Nuclear/Europe – Nuclear deterrence in Europe: points of convergence, singularities and prospects for cooperation, Emmanuelle Maitre | FRS
US/China – Inflicting Surprise: Gaining Competitive Advantage in Great Power Conflicts | CSIS
Turkey/Europe – Charting a Way out of Deadlock in Eastern Mediterranean  Galip Dalay, Brookings
UK/US – A Washington Strategy for British Diplomacy  Ben Judah, Policy Exchange

Podcasts

Inégalités – L’invention du bon et du mauvais pauvre Xavier Mauduit | France Culture


Your Thursday Briefing

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


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 21, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Samuel Beckett – The Wisdom of Surrender  Andy Wimbush, Aeon
Booksellers – Iconic Paris Bookshop Closes  Julia Webster Ayuso, The Guardian
LRB – Goodbye, Europe  Perry Anderson, London Review of Books
Postmodernism – Is Postmodernism Really Worthless?  Park MacDougald, Washington Examiner

Must-Read

US – Joe Biden’s Inauguration Speech Transcript, Washington Post
US – Donald Trump is Out. Are We Ready to Talk About How He Got In Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic 
US – What to Expect in Biden’s First 100 Days in Foreign Policy, Robbie Gramer, Amy Mackinnon, Jack Detsch, and Christina Lu, Foreign Policy   
US – Biden Wants to Unite the Country. How Can He Do It? Politico Magazine  
US – The Rebels Are Still Among Us, Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic   
Digital – 2021 Is the Year the Internet Gets Rewritten, Tyson Barker, Foreign Policy
Italy – Italy: No Political Crisis, But an Economic One, Valbona Zeleni, The Globalist
Russia – How to Contain Putin’s Russia, Michael McFaul, Foreign Affairs  
Health – Second report on progress, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, WHO
Health – Wealthy Countries Should Share Vaccine Doses Before It Is Too Late, Lawrence O. Gostin, Eric A. Friedman, and Suerie Moon, Foreign Affairs 
US/Afghanistan – Writing Off Afghanistan: Does Biden Have a Choice? Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS

Research & Analysis

Digital – A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Global Digital Economy, Robert D. Atkinson, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation 
US/Europe/Technology – Artificial divide: How Europe and America could clash over AI, Ulrike Esther Franke, ECFR 

   

Podcast  

What does President Biden mean for the EU-US relationship? Dan Hamilton, Global Europe Unpacked 
Essential Geopolitics: China vs. Australia  Stratfor Worldview
4 Principles to Guide U.S. Policy Toward China  ChinaFile

 


Your Thursday Briefing

A week is a long time in politics. – Harold Wilson


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 7, 2021

Good morning.

Welcome to your Thursday briefing

Books

Books – The Paranoid Style in American Politics, By Richard Hofstadter |  Harper’s Magazine
Books – Charisma and Disenchantment | Books at NYRB
Books – The 10 Best Books of 2020 | New York Times Books
Books – Three New Books on the Predigital Technologies That Shaped Our World | New York Times Books

Must-Reads

US/Digital – The U.S. Failed to Execute Its Cyberstrategy—and Russia Pounced, Rob Knake, Foreign Affairs 
US/EU/Defense – The EU is the Military Ally the US Needs, Max Bergmann, Foreign Affairs 
Europe – Europe’s Geopolitical Moment, Daniela Schwarzer, Internationale Politik Quarterly 
EU – The EU’s Double Bind, Mark Leonard, Internationale Politik Quarterly 
EU/Climate – Flexing the Regulatory Muscle, Noah J. Gordon, Internationale Politik Quarterly  
EU/UK – EU-UK Relations: Time for a ‘New Normal’ post-Brexit, Richard G Whitman, Chatham House 
EU/China – With China deal, EU leaves the hard part to Washington, Dalibor Rohac, Politico 
France/EU – The lonely leader: The origins of France’s strategy for EU foreign policy, | ECFR
Europe/China – Watching China in Europe – January 2021, Noah Barkin, GMF  
NATO – NATO plans space center to counter Russia, China satellite threats, Joshua Posaner, Politico 
US/Turkey – Biden and Erdogan Are Trapped in a Double Fantasy, Asli Aydintasbas and Jeremy Shapiro, Foreign Policy 
Germany Ponders a Post-Merkel Shift on China  Erika Solomon & Guy Chazan, FT
Britain Returns to Its Past George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures
Is America Ready for an Asian NATO?  Douglas Bulloch, 1945
What Does Vietnam Want From U.S. in South China Sea?  D. Grossman, Diplomat
European Elections to Watch in 2021  Emma Anderson, Politico EU
What We Can Do to Expose China’s Abuses  Daniel Finkelstein, Times of London

 

Research & Analysis 

US/China – Deglobalisation in the context of United States-China decoupling, Alicia García-Herrero and Junyu Tan, Bruegel
EU – Rethinking EU Leadership in the “Neighbourhood”: Limits and Ambitions | IAI 
Arctic – Governance and Economic Challenges for the Global Shipping Enterprise in a Seasonally Ice-Covered Arctic Ocean, Lawson W. Brigham,  in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor

Podcasts

Biden Transition – États Unis : l’impossible passation de pouvoir ? Avec Romain Huret et Hubert Vedrine | France Culture
France Culture – Jacques Prévert ou l’amour de la vie (3/4) :  Prévert engagé – et ami | France Culture

NATO-Russia Crisis, Baltic states and Russia, What the New Geopolitics Means for Europe – Your Friday Briefing

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” ― John le Carré


Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know

FT/Books/EssayWhat makes John le Carré a writer of substance, by Simon Schama | Financial Times
Liberal InternationalismThe End of the Wilsonian Era  By Walter Russell Mead | Foreign Affairs


US/Cyber warfareUS cyber hack poses ‘grave risk’ to critical infrastructure by Hannah Murphy | Financial Times
Biden TransitionInstagram is Using False “Fact-Checking” to Protect Joe Biden’s Crime Record From Criticisms | Glenn Greenwald

NATO/Russia –  NATO-Russia Crisis Brief PDF 📥 | December 2020 | Global Zero


Russia/BalticsManaging Adversity: Russia and the Baltics | Carnegie Russia

Technology/Digital – Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity Challenges, EU Agency for Cybersecurity 
Technology/Democracy – Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values, Center for AI and Digital Policy
UK/Indo-Pacific –A Very British Tilt: Towards a new UK strategy in the Indo-Pacific Region, Policy Exchange’s Indo-Pacific Commission 

Europe – What the New Geopolitics Means for Europe  Charles Grant | CER
US/China – Competition With China Could Be Short and Sharp, Michael Beckley and Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs  
EU – Upgrading Europe’s Civilian Crisis Management, Christian Mölling and Fiorence Schimmel, DGAP  
Arab Spring – Ten years after the start of the Arab Spring, it’s time to accept that the revolution may never return, by Steven A. Cook | Foreign Policy

Your Wednesday Briefing / 16 December 2020

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


Azra Isakovic

16 December 2020

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know

ArcticThe Arctic and World Order, | Johns Hopkins SAIS/Brookings Institution Press 

Digital/Russia/US – Hackers have vaulted into the heart of America’s government, The Economist 
Digital/EU – The Digital Services Act: ensuring a safe and accountable online environment, European Commission
Digital/EU ­– The Digital Markets Act: ensuring fair and open digital markets, European Commission 
Digital/EU – Putting digital services at the service of Europeans, Margrethe Vestager and Thierry Breton, Irish Times
US/Germany – Preserving America’s Military Posture in Germany, Bradley Bowman and Ben Hodges, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
US/UK – The US-UK trade talks that Joe Biden inherits, Anna Isaac, Politico 
US/Eastern Mediterranean– American Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean, Eric Edelman and Aykan Erdemir, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies 
EU/US/Turkey/Russia – Peeling Turkey Away from Russia’s Embrace: A Transatlantic Interest, Nathalie Tocci, Istituto Affari Internazionali 
NATO/Russia – NATO-Russia Crisis Brief, Nuclear Crisis Group
US/Democracy – A Democracy Summit Is Not What the Doctor Ordered, James Goldgeier and Bruce W. Jentleson, Foreign Affairs 
EU/Democracy – EU still lacks a ‘silver bullet’ for bringing autocrats to heel, Ben Hall, Financial Times 
Bosnia and Herzegovina –Dayton at 25: Time for Effective and Functional Government in Bosnia, R. Bruce Hitchner, Balkan Insight 

Germany Fares Poorly in Second Wave of Coronavirus  Lukas Eberle et al, Spiegel
China Seems Ready for a Fight Over Taiwan  James Holmes, 1945
China’s Nationalists See a World Turning Their Way  Chris Buckley, New York Times
Maybe Brexit Isn’t So Bad After All  Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg
How the Brexit Fairy Tale Ends  Gavin Esler, The National
Measuring Soft Power  Margaret Seymour, FPRI

The Hidden Cost of Digital Consumption, by Halden Lin, Aishwarya Nirmal, Shobhit Hathi & Lilian Liang (Parametric Press 19/10)
US Indicts Sandworm, Russia’s Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit, by Andy Greenberg (Wired 19/10

Azra_Files : Your Wednesday Briefing

À force de ne jamais réfléchir, on a un bonheur stupide.

Jean Cocteau

Good morning

Here’s what you need to know today

Russia/Japan/ Russia deploys advanced S-300 missiles to disputed islands near Japan | Reuters

Russia/ Moldova/  Moscow Says Call To Leave Moldovan Breakaway Region ‘Irresponsible’ | Barron’s

EU/US – A new transatlantic bargain: An action plan for transformation, not restoration, Julien Barnes-Dacey, et al., European Council on Foreign Relations

China / Australia/ The World in a Vise: Sounding the Alarm on China, Then Running for Shelter By Damien Cave | The New York Times

NATO/China/ NATO should expand its focus to include China, a high-level assessment of the alliance’s future says | The Wall Street Journal

NATO – NATO 2030: United for a New Era. Analysis and recommendations of the Reflection Group appointed by the NATO Secretary General | NATO 

Technology/China/US – The Great 5G Race: Is China Really Beating the United States? Doug Brake and Alexandra Bruer, ITIF 

US/Asia-Pacific/Trade – Rebuild the Trans-Pacific partnership back better, Jeffrey J. Schott, PIIE   

EU/Security – CFSP: The capability-expectation gap revisited, Annegret Bendiek, Minna Ålander, and Paul Bochtler, SWP 

NATO/Europe/ The role of NATO for Europe’s defense Status and options for further development from a German perspective, by Claudia Major | SWP  https://www.swp-berlin.org/publikation/die-rolle-der-nato-fuer-europas-verteidigung PDF 📥 : https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/studien/2019S25_mjr_Web.pdf

EU – Still governing in the shadows? Member states and the Political & Security Committee in the post‐Lisbon EU foreign policy architecture Journal of Common Market Studies 

Europe/China – Europe wakes up to the China challenge, Lionel Barber, Nikkei Asia  

Digital/Europe – How nine digital frontrunners can lead on AI in Europe, McKinsey 

Digital/US/EU – EU-US Cybersecurity Policy Coming Together: Recommendations for instruments to accomplish joint strategic goals, Julia Schuetze, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung 

Disinformation – Tackling online abuse and disinformation targeting women in politics, Lucina Di Meco and Saskia Brechenmacher, Carnegie Endowment   

The Next Liberal Order The Age of Contagion Demands More Internationalism, Not Less By G. John Ikenberry | Foreign Affairs

Syria/ Air strike kills IRGC commander at Iraq-Syria border – Iraqi officials By Reuters Staff

Middle East/Yemen/ The Houthis and misuse of the terrorist organization list | Responsible Statecraft

Middle East/ Yemen/ UN: 11 children killed in 2 attacks in Yemen By AHMED AL-HAJ The Associated Press @AP