Your Wednesday Briefing

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.”
Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Featured

Inde – L’Inde🇮🇳 : une puissance singulière | Questions internationales – N° 106 | La Documentation française | [PDF]

Books

Taiwan – Difficult Choices Richard C. Bush | Brookings Institution Press

Must-Reads

Russia/Ukraine –War Alert: What’s Behind It and What Lies Ahead? Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Russia
EU/China – The EU-China investment deal may be anachronic in a bifurcating world, Alicia Garcia Herrero | Bruegel
US – Biden’s Foreign Policy Starts At Home, Peter Nicholas | The Atlantic
EU/UK –UK goods trade with EU signals recovery, by Anna Tsaac | Politico
US/Russia – Nuclear arms control in the 2020s. Key issues for the US and Russia, Steven Pifer | Valdai Discussion Club
Russia/Ukraine – Penned in on Multiple International Issues, Putin Strives to Show Resolve on Ukraine, Pavel K. Baev | The Jamestown Foundation
Russia/Ukraine – Russia, Ukraine and the West: How do you solve a problem like Vladimir? Ian Bond | Centre for European Reform
US/Europe/China – Shifting Commercial Ties Among the U.S., Europe and China, Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph P. Quinlan | Wilson Center
China – Some initial notes on China’s central bank digital currency | Bruno Maçães
EU-China –Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, Stewart Paterson |  Hinrich Foundation
Nord Stream 2 – Background, objections, and possible outcomes, Steven Pifer | Brookings Institution

Research & Analysis

Rebuild with purpose –  An affirmative vision for  21st century American  infrastructure, Adie Tomer, Joseph W. Kane, and Caroline George | Brookings Institution
China/EU – Is the European Union’s investment agreement with China underrated? Uri Dadush and Andre Sapir | Bruegel
Arctic – Northern expedition: China’s Arctic ambition and activism, RushDoshi, Alexis Dale-Huang, Gaoqi Zhang | Brookings Institution
Think tanks –How do think tanks react to or foster change? OTT Annual Review 2020-2021 | On Think Tanks

Podcasts

History Of Ideas –Nozick on Utopia | Talking Politics

Your Thursday Briefing

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. – Winston Churchill


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 11 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Truth Will Prevail –  Why I Have Been Condemned by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva | LeftWord Books
Refugees – My Heart by Semezdin Mehmedinović | Catapult
Refugees – Forgetting Doesn’t Kill You, but It Sure Feels Like It, by Francine Prose | New York Times Books

Must-Reads

Democracy – Saving Democracy Is Not America’s Responsibility  Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
Democracy – How to Put Out Democracy’s Dumpster Fire  A. Applebaum & P. Pomerantsev, Atlantic
Biden/Xi – High Stakes in the Biden-Xi Contest  Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council
EU-China –EU-China investment accord fails to resolve subsidy disputes | Peterson Institute
Nord Stream 2 – How to Solve the Nord Stream 2 Dilemma  Steven Pifer, Brookings
Cancel Culture – I Want the Freedom to Offend by Emina Melonic | Splice Today
Armenia – Will Armenia’s Political Turmoil Undo Its Democracy?  Ido Vock, New Statesman
EU – The EU’s Risk-Averse Nature  David Hutt, Internationale Politik Quarterly
China – The Threat of China’s Confucius Institutes  R. Norman & J. Wilson, National Review
China/India – South Asia Deftly Navigates India-China Tensions  Rohan Mukherjee, EA Forum
China/Diplomacy – The Rise of Made-in-China Diplomacy  Peter Hessler, New Yorker
Economy – Supply chains and trade flows volatility in the face of global shocks | VoxEU/CEPR

Research & Analysis

EU – The European Union and the multilateral system | EP Research Service
EU/US/Trade – Beyond trade war in Washington: The United States and our less global future, Lauri Tähtinen | FIIA
Belarus/Baltic/Nordics – Baltic and Nordic Responses to the 2020 Post-Election Crisis in Belarus | LIIA EU – The Time for EU’s Common Foreign Policy is Now | GLOBSEC [PDF]

Podcasts

La Commune, 150 ans (3/4) :Clichés de la Commune par Xavier Mauduit | France Culture

Your Monday Briefing

Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas. Lewis Black


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, March 01

Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Books

Reclaiming Public Ownership Andrew Cumbers | Zed Books
The Problems of Genocide, Dirk Moses | History at Cambridge

Must-Reads

US/Iran – Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. , by Farnaz Fassihi & David E. Sanger | The New York Times
Brexit – The Ugly Divorce Between Britain and Brussels Mark Landler | The New York Times
China – The age of empire is back, by Aris Roussinos | UnHerd
Nord Stream 2 – Le gazoduc russe qui sème la zizanie en Europe | Le Monde
Chartbook Newsletter #14 by Adam Tooze
US/China – How to stop China’s long march, by Edward Luttwak | UnHerd
EU – Can the EU survive the death of liberalism? By Larry Siedentop | UnHerd

Research & Analysis

US – United States Counterterrorism Operations 2018–2020, Stephanie Savell, Watson Institute, Brown University [PDF] 📥
Soft Power – Global Soft Power Index | Brand Finance [PDF] 📥
EU/India – Circles of EU-India Engagement | Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Ukraine – Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Parts of Ukraine’s Donbas since 2014, | Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Podcasts

Costs of War – The Human Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars | Brown University

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