Your Monday Briefing

It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

By Azra Isakovic

Monday, February 22

Good morning

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing


Inequality – Divested Inequality in the Age of Finance, by Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely | Oxford Uni Press
À propos de: Divested. Inequality in the Age of Finance,  par Olivier Godechot  | La Vie des idées


‘Islamogauchisme’ : Le piège de l’Alt-right se referme sur la Macronie, par David Chavalarias CNRS | Politoscope
Idéologies – Les mensonges d’« Apocalypse » par Pierre Grosser | Le Monde diplomatique
Ideas – It’ll Do – Impeachment did not prevail, but Trump still lost by David Frum | The Atlantic
US/Middle East – Biden says he will listen to experts by Marc Lynch & Shibley Telhami | Brookings
Science – « La fabrique de l’ignorance », par Mathias Girel | ARTE 
European values: Poland’s media fears a crackdown James Shotter | Financial Times
China/France – China’s state broadcaster applies to France for right to air in Europe  | Financial Times
Nuclear Risks –Nuclear Weapons and Declaratory Policy | War on the Rocks

Research & Analysis

US/Africa – Washington Consensus reforms and economic performance in sub-Saharan Africa, by Belinda Archibong Brahima S. Coulibaly, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala | via Brookings 📥 [PDF]
Nuclear Risks – Could blockchain technology help reduce nuclear risks, by Lyndon Burford | King’s College London 📥 [PDF]


Idéologies – Les mensonges d’« Apocalypse » par Pierre Grosser | Le Monde diplomatique

Etats-Unis/Iran – La diplomatie pourra-t-elle limiter l’ambition nucléaire de l’Iran ? | France Culture

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


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


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


Covid, saison 3 (4/4) : Tourisme d’hiver : la pente glissante | France Culture

Your Wednesday Briefing

America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration. – Warren G. Harding

Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Your Wednesday Briefing – What you should know for Wednesday, December 30


Books – The Best of Books 2020 | Foreign Affairs

Books – How the Specter of Islam Fueled European Colonization in the Americas | Literary Hub

Books – What We Still Get Wrong About Alexander Hamilton, by Christian Parenti et Michael Busch | Boston Review


Arab Monarchies – In Arab Monarchies, Absolute Rule May Be Dwindling by Hilal Khashan | Geopolitical Futures

China/EU – China-E.U. Talks Hit Another Snag as Biden Camp Objects | New York Times

2020 Saw the Return of the State Leviathan  Ferdinando Giugliano, Bloomberg

Turkey Sticks to Its Guns on S-400  Semih Idiz, Al Monitor

Viktor Orbán – The Broad Coalition Trying to Take Down Orban  Dalibor Rohac, The Bulwark

Will Italy-U.S. Relations Become Less Ambiguous?  Dario Cristiani, GMF

Hong Kong Reveals China’s Long-Term Strategy  Guy Sorman, City Journal

Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us  Ed Yong, The Atlantic

Global inequality –  Chateaubriand and inequality: two centuries later | Branko Milanovic

Far-Right – A Far-Right Terrorism Suspect With a Refugee Disguise: The Tale of Franco A. | New York Times

Research & Analysis

#Covid19/#Europe🇪🇺 – Le COVID-19 révèle la solitude stratégique de l’Europe, par Éric-André Martin | Ifri | IAI Papers PDF 📥  

Covid19/Europe🇪🇺/#US🇺🇸/#China🇨🇳 –  L’Europe face à la rivalité sino-américaine : le coronavirus comme catalyseur | IFRI PDF 📥 

Japon/Afrique – La diplomatie économique du Japon en Afrique, par Céline Pajon| Notes de l’Ifri décembre 2020 PDF 📥