Your Thursday Briefing

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Caskie Stinnett


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 11

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Michel Foucault“The Last Man Takes LSD – Foucault and the End of Revolution” by Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora | Verso Books
Pandémie – Les capitalismes à l’épreuve de la pandémie, par Robert Boyer  | Éditions La Découverte

Must-Reads

Welfare State – « Welfare without the welfare state »: the death of the postwar welfarist consensus, by Anton Jäger & Daniel Zamora | NewStatesman
Nord Stream 2 – The Battle of Nord Stream 2 Narratives  Michael Richter | Riddle
China – The Roots of Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang  Sean Roberts | Foreign Affairs
Pandemic – Merkel’s Pandemic Failure  Markus Feldenkirchen | Der Spiegel
Taiwan –  The State Department’s Bipartisan Taiwan Diplomacy  Jimmy Quinn | Nat’l Review
Trump – Trump’s Worst 2 Military Mistakes for Biden to Fix  Bradley Bowman | Foreign Policy
Technology – Innovation Wars, Christopher Darby and Sarah Sewell | Foreign Affairs
Digital – Competing with China’s Digital Silk Road, Jonathan E. Hillman | Center for Strategic and International Studies
Digital/NATO – Cyber Defence in NATO Countries: Comparing Models, Alessandro Marrone and Ester Sabatino | Istituto Affari Internazionali
Health/Europe – Why Europe Is Falling Behind on Vaccines, Eyck Freymann, Elettra Ardissino, Foreign Policy
US/Yemen – Accomplice to Carnage: How America Enables War in Yemen, Robert Malley and Stephen Pomper, Foreign Affairs
Energy – How tech went big on green energy, Leslie Hook and Dave Lee, Financial Times
Energy – Biden faces climate dilemma over LNG exports to Europe, Dave Keating and Justin Gerdes, Energy Monitor
Climate – Welcome to the Era of Competitive Climate Statecraft, Carolyn Kissane, Foreign Policy
China/Central and Eastern Europe – China’s Eastern Europe Strategy Gets the Cold Shoulder, Stuart Lau, Politico
Black Sea – Strategic sovereignty in the EU’s Southeastern neighborhood: The Black Sea as part of a larger geopolitical region, Stefan Meister | Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Research & Analysis

Proliferation – Strategic Risk Reduction between Nuclear-Weapons Possessors, by  Corentin Brustlein | IFRI 📥 PDF
France/Defense – Rethinking our Defense in the Face of 21st Century Crises, Institut Montaigne 📥 PDF
US/OSCE – United States of America General Elections | OSCE
US/EU/India – Paths to Post-Pandemic Partnership, Mihir Swarup Sharma, German Marshall Fund
EU/India – The EU-India Partnership: Follow-up, Focus, and Free Trade, Maurice Fermont, German Marshall Fund

Podcasts

Covid, saison 3 (3/4) : Etats-Unis : la paupérisation qui vient |  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

February 03, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Biography books – The Mysterious Life and Death of Robert Maxwell  Duncan Campbell, The Guardian
Studies of Hitler and Stalin –Varieties of Totalitarianism  Peter Kenez, Law & Liberty
Religion/Capitalism – God and Mammon  David Skeel, The Wall Street Journal
Religion/Capitalism – Religion and the Rise of Capitalism, by Benjamin M. Friedman |  Penguin Random House

Must-Reads

Health/Russia –The Sputnik V Vaccine and Russia’s Race to Immunity, Joshua Yaffa, New Yorker
Health/Brazil – The Brazil Variant is Exposing the World’s Vulnerability, James Hamblin, The Atlantic
Nuclear – It’s time to take domestic nuclear terrorism seriously, Jayita Sarkar, The Washington Post
US/Russia/Arms Control – Should U.S. Missile Defenses Be a Part of Arms Control Negotiations With Russia? Steven Pifer, The National Interest
Germany – Russian Pipeline Is Germany’s Greatest Foreign Policy Embarrassment, Mathieu von Rohr, Der Spiegel
Romania/China – Romania issues ‘memorandum’ blocking Chinese firms from public infrastructure projects, Bogdan Neagu, Euractiv
EU/US – Strategic autonomy or strategic alliance? Maria Demertzis, Bruegel
Europe/US/Africa – A Transatlantic Approach to Address Growing Maritime Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, Pierre Morcos, CSIS

Research & Analysis

EU – The EU after Brexit: Renewed Debate about Enlargement and Deepening, Barbara Lippert, SWP
Resilience – The Universe of Resilience: : From Physics of Materials Through Psychology to National Security, Oksana Iliuk and Dmitri Teperik, International Centre for Defence and Security
China/Europe –  How China became a power in the Western Balkans, by Vladimir Shopov | ECFR PDF
Energy – Nordic PPAs – Effects on renewable growth and implications for electricity markets | OIES Space – Rethinking Military Roles and Missions in a New Administration by  Todd Harrison | CSIS PDF

Podcasts

Inégalités – Posséder la terre, terreau des inégalités ? | France Culture

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.
Charles W. Pickering


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 15, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Books – Où suis-je ? Leçons du confinement à l’usage des terrestres, Bruno Latour | Éditions La Découverte

Must-Reads

Outlook/Russia – What are the Kremlin’s priorities for 2021? By Dmitri Trenin | Defense News
US – Joe Biden needs an America-first foreign policy, Philip Stephens, Financial Times 
US/Afghanistan – The way forward in Afghanistan: How Biden can achieve sustainable peace and US security, James B. Cunningham, Hugo Llorens, Ronald E. Neumann, Richard Olson, and Earl Anthony Wayne, Atlantic Council 
US – The Insurrection Hiding in Plain Sight, Renee DiResta and Alex Stamos, Foreign Affairs 
US – This Impeachment Is Different, David A. Graham, The Atlantic   
Digital – Donald Trump shows the US needs a European approach to online regulation, Emily Bell, Financial Times 
Turkey/Balkans – Erdogan’s great game: Turkish intrigue in the Balkans, Valerie Hopkins and Laura Pitel, Financial Times 
EU/US/China – Why Europe’s China deal will poison transatlantic relations, Nicholas Vinocur, Politico   
Europe – For Central and Eastern Europe, Strategic Autonomy Isn’t Particularly Strategic, Candace Huntington, CEPA  

Research & Analysis

US/Intelligence – Maintaining the Intelligence Edge: Reimagining and Reinventing Intelligence through Innovation, CSIS Technology and Intelligence Task Force
Energy – Global Energy Perspective 2021, McKinsey PDF
Digital – Decoupling: Severed ties and patchwork globalisation, MERICS/European Chamber of Commerce in China PDF
Technology –Smart Partnerships amid Great Power Competition, Matthew Burrows and Julian Mueller-Kaler, Atlantic Council  
Technology/UK – UK AI Roadmap, UK AI Council 

Technology/UK – AI in the UK: No Room for Complacency, House of Lords
Russia – Russia’s Domestic Politics have Become Part of the West’s Russia Policy, Jussi Lassila, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Podcasts

Enjeux internationaux – En Allemagne, la CDU choisit son nouveau président, par Julie Gacon | France Culture