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

Your Wednesday Briefing

    « All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. »

Hermann Hesse


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 20, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Books – Bargaining over the Bomb: The Successes and Failures of Nuclear Negotiations, by William Spaniel, | Cambridge University Press
Livres – Le cri de Gaïa – Frédérique AÏT-TOUATI, Emanuele COCCIA | La Découverte Éditions
Livres – Les gardiens de la raison – Stéphane FOUCART, Stéphane HOREL, Sylvain LAURENS | La Découverte Éditions

Must-Reads

US – Francis Fukuyama still believes an « end of history », Michael Hirsh | Foreign Policy  
EU/US/ChinaHave you heard how the EU should have consulted with Washington before signing a deal with China? | Bruno Maçães
Digital – What the European DSA and DMA proposals mean for online platforms, Aline Blankertz and Julian Jaursch | Brookings  
EU/France/Digital – Brussels eclipsed as EU countries roll out their own tech rules, Laura Kayali and Mark Scott | Politico 
France – France issues charter for imams meant to fight ‘political Islam’, Pierre-Paul Bermingham | Politico 
EU/UK – A Brexit lesson: EU’s benefits, largely invisible, hurt to lose, John Lichfield, Politico  Global/Nationalism – The Nationalist International Is Playing the Long Game, Michael Thumann | Internationale Politik Quarterly   
US/Germany – Policing the police: Germany’s lessons for the U.S., Joseph P. Williams | U.S. News & World Report 
Germany – Merkel Minus Angela, Josef Joffe | Project Syndicate 
Germany – Laschet’s World, Henning Hoff | Internationale Politik Quarterly  
Germany/Europe – We’re not ready for Europe after Merkel, Mujtaba Rahman | Politico 
Germany/Health – Can We Stop a Super Coronavirus? Matthias Bartsch et al. | Der Spiegel  

Research & Analysis

Defense/Resilience – A Framework for Cross-Domain Strategies Against Hybrid Threats, Tim Sweijs, Samuel Zilincik, Frank Bekkers & Rick Meessen | Hague Centre for Strategic Studies 
US/Europe – The crisis of American power: How Europeans see Biden’s America, Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard | ECFR PDF 📥
US/Europe/Iran –A new transatlantic consensus on Iran, Luigi Scazzieri | Centre for European Reform 
Health/EU/Finland – An abrupt awakening to the realities of a pandemic: Learning lessons from the onset of Covid-19 in the EU and Finland, Mika Aaltola, Johanna Ketola, Aada Peltonen, and Karoliina Vaakanainen | Finnish Institute of International Affairs  

Podcast 

Frédérique Aït-Touati : « Vous entrez dans le Théâtre du Soleil, et vous perdez toute notion du temps »

A propos du livre « Les gardiens de la raison, enquête sur la désinformation scientifique »

Welcome to your Wednesday briefing

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you. – Ralph Nader


Azra Isakovic

Wednesday January 6

Good Morning

Welcome to your Wednesday briefing

Books

Books – Fateful triangle: how China shaped US–India relations during the Cold War | Oxford Academic | International AffairsLivres – Et si la santé guidait le monde ? par Eloi Laurent | Les liens qui libèrent
Livres Apocalypse cognitive, par Gérald Bronner | PUF
Livres Sortir de la croissance, mode d’emploi, de Éloi Laurent par Étienne Espagne | La vie des idées

Must-Reads

China🇨🇳/HongKong🇭🇰 – Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures arrested in sweeping crackdown, by Helen Davidson | The Guardian
Mali🇲🇱 Wedding guests killed in Mali airstrike, local sources say | The Guardian
EU-China – The Strategic Implications of the China-EU Investment Deal, By Theresa Fallon | The Diplomat
Russia/Baltic – Why the Baltics Behave As They Do Toward Russia, Kadri Liik | Carnegie Russia
Gulf States – Gulf States end blockade on Qatar, now the heavy lifting begins by Dr. Annelle Sheline | Responsible Statecraft
Health/US/Europe – Coronavirus Exposed that America Lacks Resilience, Andrew Michta, The National Interest, Andrew Michta, The National Interest
Europe/Africa/Health –How Europe can work with Africa amid the global scramble for vaccines, Theodore Murphy, European Council on Foreign Relations 
Health/Global – COVID-19 Could Undo Decades of Women’s Progress, Jamille Bigio, Kweilin Ellingrud, Mekala Keishnan, Anu Madgavkar, and Rachel Vogelstein, Foreign Affairs  
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Old tensions still alive in Bosnia 25 years after Dayton, Valerie Hopkins, Financial Times   
UK/EU – The great Brexit heist, Nick Witney, European Council on Foreign Relations  
Germany/China – What Merkel Really Thinks About China – and the World, Noah Barkin, Foreign Policy  
EU/China –Furor Over Europe’s Investment Agreement with China is Overblown, Julia Friedlander, National Interest 
Technology/China – Dealing with China on high-tech issues: Views from the US, EU and like-minded countries in a changing geopolitical landscape, Brigitte Dekker and Maaike Okano-Heijmans (eds.), Clingendael 
Russia/US – The Meddlers: Moscow’s and Washington’s Covert Campaigns, Angela Stent, Foreign Affairs 

Research & Analysis

Top Risks/2021 – Top Risks in 2021  Eurasia Group
Russia/EU – Neighborliness as a model for Russia-EU relations in 2030 by Dmitri Trenin | Moscow Carnegie Centre PDF
Arctic/Russia – Russia and the Development of Arctic Energy Resources in the Context of Domestic Policy and International Markets, Arild Moe, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor,
Arctic –The Arctic and World Order, Johns Hopkins SAIS/Brookings Institution Press   

Podcasts

Economie/Santé –  L’économie d’un monde meilleur (1/3) : Santé ou croissance, l’heure du choix | France Culture