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

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

Must-Reads

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 📥