Your Tuesday Briefing

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

By Azra Isakovic

 Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing


US Foreign Policy –  Understanding the Kennan Consensus Robert Kaplan | National Interest


War in Abkhazia – Mobilizing in Uncertainty – Collective Identities and War in Abkhazia, by Anastasia Shesterinina | Cornell Press
Slavic Studies –  Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000–1900, Edited by Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec  | Cornell Press
À propos de : Paul Chauvin, L’obligation militaire sous l’Ancien Régime | Institut Universitaire Varenne, par Sümbül Kaya | La Vie des idées


Germany – Angela Merkel Has Been in Power for 15 Years. What Comes Next? Anna Sauerbrey | The New York Times
EU/Technology – EU outlines wide-ranging AI regulation, but leaves the door open for police surveillance, James Vincent | The Verge
US/Japan – Defense Ties With Japan, U.S. Needed  Yao Chung-yuan | Taipei Times
China/Taiwan – China’s Pineapple Ban Shows Taiwan’s Vulnerability Shang-su Wu | EA Forum
US/China – Without Trade Strategy, There’s No Winning Against China  F. Kempe | AC
US – Joe Biden’s First 100 Days Reshaped America, Jonathan Chait | New York Magazine
Ukraine – Ukraine is an intractable problem, made worse by a lack of strategy, Iulia Joja | The Hill
Climate/US/Europe – New US climate strategy opens up old faultlines with Europe, Mehreen Khan, Leslie Hook, Victor Mallet and Katrina Manson | Financial Times
Nuclear Secrecy – Alex Wellerstein pulls back the curtain on nuclear secrecy Dr. Susan D’Agostino | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists  

Research & Analysis

US/EU/Afghanistan – A transatlantic charter on Afghan sovereignty, security, and development, Shaharzad Akbar, Madeleine Albright and Federica Mogherini, et al. | Atlantic Council
Libya – Libya’s Flawed Unity Government, Wolfram Lacher | SWP Berlin
EU/India – India: An Ambivalent Partner for the West, Christian Wagner, Jana Lemke | SWP Berlin
Europe/Technology – Europe’s Capacity to Act in the Global Tech Race, Kaan Sahin and Tyson Barker | DGAP


Tchad – Mort d’Idriss Déby : une perte stratégique pour la France avc Alain Antil | RTL France
Global Security Briefing – Germany and the Future of European Security | RUSI

Your Friday Briefing

“You can do everything with bayonets, but you are not able to sit on them”
Otto Von Bismarck

By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 26

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing


Rousseau on Inequality – How Rousseau Predicted Trump, Pankaj Mishra | The New Yorker
Rousseau on InequalityDiscourse on Inequality, 1755 | AUB


Freedom – Freedom – An Unruly History, Annelien de Dijn | Harvard University Press
Review – The Untold History of Freedom Tyler Stovall | The Nation
Review – Aboutness: On Hieronymus Bosch  T.J. Clark, London Review of Books
À propos de : Une histoire universelle des ruines. Des origines aux Lumières, Alain Schnapp | Seuil, par Géraldine Sfez | La Vie des idées


EU/Vaccine – EU vaccine schism overshadows Biden’s summit cameo, Mehreen Khan and David Hindley | Financial Times
Turkey/Greece/EU/NATO – Where to Draw the Line in the Eastern Mediterranean, Michaël Tanchum, Foreign Policy
Nuclear Notebook – How many nuclear weapons does Russia have in 2021? By Hans M. Kristensen, Matt Korda | Bulletin of the Atomic
Japan/Taiwan/China –  What Can Japan Do in a Taiwan-China Clash?  Michael MacArthur Bosack, JT
US/China – There Will Not Be a New Cold War  Thomas Christensen | Foreign Affairs
China/Hong Kong – Hong Kong Is Just a Starting Point for China  Weifeng Zhong | The Dispatch
Nord Stream 2 – Maybe Washington Should Let Nord Stream 2 Go  Daniel DePetris | RCWorld
Myanmar – Don’t Ignore Myanmar  Benedict Rogers | Persuasion
EU/China – Europe’s Tightrope Diplomacy on China, Philippe Le Corre | Carnegie
China – What Beijing’s Capitol Riot Schadenfreude Reveals  J. Eisenman & H. Grizzell | FP
China – China’s Coming Demographic Collapse  Gordon Chang | National Interest
South Korea – Ambiguity Weakens South Korea  Shim Jae-yun | Korea Times
Health/Serbia/Western Balkans – Serbia’s Vaccine Influence in the Balkans, Heather A. Conley and Dejana Saric | CSIS

Research & Analysis

Economy – Fiscal and Exchange Rate Policies Drive Trade Imbalances, Joseph E. Gagnon and Madi Sarsenbayev | PIIE
US/Digital – Posture Statement of General Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee
Digital – Testimony of Mark Zuckerberg, Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Communications & Technology
Economy – L’automobile, talon d’Achille de l’industrie allemande ? Marie Krpata | IFRI


Bertrand Tavernier : « Je fais un cinéma de partage » | France Culture
Bertrand Tavernier : Lyon, le cinéma et ses artistes | Archive INA

Talking Politics – Rousseau on Inequality | Acast

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 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