Your Tuesday Briefing

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. – Thomas Jefferson


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 12, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Books – Too Nice to Be President? By Tim Stanley | Literary Review
Books – ‘Visionary success’: Jonathan Alter makes the case for Jimmy Carter David Smith | The Guardian
Books – ‘Reaganland’ explores how ‘the Gipper’ changed American politics | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Must-Reads

EU/China – The EU’s Double Bind  Mark Leonard, Internationale Politik Quarterly
US – The Ingredients of a Coup Attempt  Fiona Hill, Politico
US – The American Abyss, Timothy Snyder, New York Times 
US – Present at the Destruction, Richard Haass, Foreign Affairs  
US – The US Must Now Stand Up for Democracy at Home and Abroad, Thomas Wright, The Atlantic 
US – The United States Needs a Democracy Summit at Home, James Goldgeier and Bruce W. Jentleson, Foreign Affairs   
US – American Soft Power Will Survive Donald Trump, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., National Interest 
Europe – Europe is not immune from America’s political madness, Gideon Rachman, Financial Times   
US/Western Balkans – How Biden can make a big difference in the Western Balkans, Engjellushe Morina and Vessela Tcherneva, European Council on Foreign Relations 
Europe/China/Investment – Europe’s China Gambit, Dani Rodrik, Project Syndicate   

Research & Analysis

UK/Foreign Policy – Global Britain, global broker: A blueprint for the UK’s future international role, Robin Niblett, Chatham House  
Germany/France/Defense – Future Combat Air System: Too Big to Fail, Dominic Vogel, SWP
Arctic –Freedom of the Seas in the Arctic Region, J. Ashley Roach, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor

Your Friday Briefing

Lying is an elementary means of self-defense ~ Susan Sontag


By Azra Isakovic
Jan. 8, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to your Friday briefing

Books

Books – Underground Asia – Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire, by Tim Harper | Harvard University Press
Book Review – Deplorable, yourself, by Isaac William Martin | Books & Ideas
Book Review: White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg | LSE USAPP blog

Must-Reads

Capitol Hill – The Peril the U.S. Faces  International Crisis Group
Capitol Hill – Mike Davis, Riot on the Hill New Left Review
Capitol Hill – The storming of Capitol Hill was organized on social media by Sheera Frenkel | New York Times
Capitol Hill – Amid a transfer of power, Trump supporters break into Capitol – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Capitol Hill – Trump Told Crowd ‘You Will Never Take Back Our Country With Weakness, by Maggie Haberman | New York Times
Russia – Russia’s Northern Fleet Upgraded  Roger McDermott, Jamestown
EU – With UK Gone, Smaller Nations Fight EU Integration  William Nattrass, CapX
Biden – What’s Next for Foreign Aid Under Biden?  Kristen Cordell, Council on Foreign Relations
Israel/IranIs This the Year Israel and Iran Go to War?  Seth Frantzman, 1945
France – France a Post-Imperial Power Seeking a Role  Philip Stephens, Financial Times
Russia – Russia’s Northern Fleet Upgraded to military District Status, Roger McDermott, The Jamestown 
EU/Russia – The EU in Action: Russia, Sarah Pagung, Internationale Politik Quarterly  
EU/Middle East/North Africa –The EU in Action: The Middle East and North Africa, Florence Gaub, Internationale Politik Quarterly 
EU/Turkey – The EU in Action: Turkey, Günter Seufert, Internationale Politik Quarterly 

Research & Analysis

US/China/Russia – The Biden Transition and U.S. Competition with China and Russia: The Crisis-Driven Need to Change U.S. Strategy, Anthony H. Cordesman with the assistance of Grace Hwang, CSIS
Arctic/Nuclear – Strategic Stability and Competition in the Arctic, Rebecca Hersman, Eric Brewer, and Maxwell Simon, CSIS
China/Central and Eastern Europe – Huawei in Central and Eastern Europe: Trends and Forecast, Ivana Karásková, ed., Association for International Affairs Prague
Arctic – Climate Change and the Opening of the Transpolar Sea Route: Logistics, Governance, and Wider Geo-economic, Societal and Environmental Impacts, Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor 

Podcasts

Capitol Hill – Après l’assaut du Capitole, Donald Trump accepte enfin de quitter la Maison Blanche | France Culture

      

   


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

Welcome to your Tuesday briefing

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller


Azra Isakovic

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, January 5.

Books

Books/Review – Unravelling liberal interventionism: local critiques of statebuilding in Kosovo, by Gëzim Visoka and Vjosa Musliu | International Affairs
Books/Review – Boris Johnson: The Gambler by Tom Bower review – the defining secret by Jonathan Freedland | The Guardian
Books – Turkey–West Relations, by Oya Dursun-Ozkanca | Cambridge University Press.

Featured Study 

Middle East Studies Journal –  The most popular articles of 2020 – free to access through 20th January | History at Cambridge
Asian Studies Journal – The most popular articles of 2020 – free to access through 15th January | History at Cambridge

Must-Reads 

Trade/China/EU – Europe Hands China a Strategic Victory  Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
Trade/China/EU – The EU Takes a Gamble With China  Constantin Eckner, Spectator
Trade/UK/EU – 10 key details in the UK-EU trade deal, Anna Isaac, Politico 
Trade/UK/Turkey – UK signs free trade agreement with Turkey, Bethan McKernan, The Guardian 
UK/Northern Ireland – The Irish Sea widens, The Economist 
UK/Scotland – Brexit changed the game on Scottish independence, Nicola Sturgeon, Politico 
UK/France –Never mind Brexit. Britain and France are condemned to work together,John Lichfield, Politico 
UK/EU/Education – UK pulls out of ‘extremely expensive’ Erasmus scheme, Cristina Gallardo, Politico
EU/China/Investment – Europe’s disappointing investment deal with China, Alicia Garcia-Herrero, Nikkei Asia 
The Biden Transition – What Biden Must Do to Restore U.S. Foreign Policy  Robert Kaplan, National Interest
The Biden Transition – Biden Faces no Shortage of Foreign Policy Problems  John McLaughlin, Ozy
The Biden Transition – Biden Inherits a Challenging Civil-Military Legacy  Jim Golby & Peter Feaver, WOTR

Digital/US – As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm, David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth, Julian E. Barnes, New York Times 
Digital/US – We Can Take Advantage of the Russian Hack. Here’s How, Glenn S. Gerstell, Politico 
Tactical Nuclear Weapon – Do tactical nukes break international law? By Jaroslav Krasny | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Research & Analysis

Digital/EU – The EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade, European Commission
EU/China/Investment – Key elements of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, European Commission

Idées

Pandemie/Democratie – Comment s’engager en pandémie ? Avec Barbara Stiegler | France Culture

Europe – Sarajevo Revisited  Benjamin Moser, New York Review of Books

Brexit : Londres et Bruxelles sont arrivés à un accord | Une année pas comme les autres: 2020 en images | Votre briefing du jeudi

« Il est difficile d’imaginer offrir des ensembles de livres de sociologie pour les cadeaux de Noël, ce serait tout à fait impensable » – Pierre Bourdieu


Azra Isakovic

Good Evening

Your Thursday Briefing: What you should know for Thursday, December 24

Brexit : Londres et Bruxelles sont arrivés à un accord Les Echos

Covid-19 – Emmanuel Macron, Free of Covid-19 Symptoms, Leaves Isolation, By Constant Méheut | The New York Times

Brexit – Britain and E.U. Scramble to Reach Brexit Deal Before Christmas Mark Landler | The New York Times

Book Review – The Sociologist and the Historian by Pierre Bourdieu and Roger Chartier by Canan Bolel | LSE Review of Books

Sociologie – Jaurès, Durkheim, Lévi-Strauss : il y a un siècle, quand les sciences sociales étaient socialistes Par Chloé Leprince |  France Culture

EU/China – Paris will block EU-China deal, says trade minister |  POLITICO Europe

China – How to Deter China: Enter the Democratic Armada  James Holmes, 1945

China/Asia – Will China Turn Off Asia’s Tap?  Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

US/Russia With Biden’s New Threats, the Russia Discourse is More Reckless and Dangerous Than Ever | Glenn Greenwald

Covid19 – Maybe Freedom is Having No Followers to Lose by Zeynep Tufekci

Russia – Has Navalny’s Prank Finally Shattered the FSB Myth?  Sergey Radchenko, M. Times

China/India – The SCO’s Limited Role in Easing India-China Tensions    James MacHaffie, Jamestown

Azerbaijan – A Pyrrhic Victory for Azerbaijan?  Ido Vock, New Statesman

Turkey/Erdogan Erdogan’s Political Challengers Are Getting Tougher  Bobby Ghosh, Japan Times

2020 – A Year Like No Other: 2020 in Pictures | The New York Times

Pierre Bourdieu & Robert Chartier – Série de 5 entretiens

We hope you have a Merry festive period and we’ll see you in 2021.

Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël!