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

Books

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

Must-Reads

‘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]

Podcasts

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

Votre briefing du vendredi, par Azra Isakovic

In the post-Snowden world, you need to enable others to build their own cloud and have mobility of applications. That’s both because of the physicality of computing–where the speed of light still matters–and because of geopolitics.   Satya Nadella


Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know – Voici ce que vous devez savoir

Livres – Guerres Invisibles ; Nos prochains défis géopolitiques de Thomas Gomart – À paraître 21 Janvier 2021 chez Tallandier | HallDuLivre

Europe The European Coup by Perry Anderson | London Review of Books

Nuclear risksNuclear risks are growing, and there’s only one real solution By Victor Gilinsky | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Nuclear risks Revenge is a dish best served nuclear. US deterrence depends on it. |  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

EuropeEurope’s 2020 Pileup  David Herszenhorn & Hans Von Der Burchard & Jacopo Barigazzi, Pol. EU

La Transition BidenL’Amérique de Joe Biden : le calme après la tempête ? | IFRI

UK –What world is Brexit being launched into? Simon Kuper, Financial Times 

Romania/Hungary – Cooperation despite mistrust. The shadow of Trianon in Romanian-Hungarian relations, Kamil Calus, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)  

Eastern Mediterranean – Is there a new window of opportunity in the Eastern Mediterranean crisis? Galip Dalay, Brookings  

Europe/Gulf states/Iran – Gulf of difference: How Europe can get the Gulf monarchies to pursue peace with Iran, Cinzia Bianco, European Council on Foreign Relations 

Sweden/NATO – ‘NATO-option’ gets majority in Swedish parliament, Pekka Vanttinen, Euractiv   

US – President Joe Biden and the restoration of US global leadership: Turning the tide? Ville Sinkkonen, Charly Salonius-Palsternak, Bart Gaens, and Niklas Helwig, Finnish institute of International Affairs  

Saudi AramcoMissiles, bullying claims, a tragic death: what’s going on at Saudi Aramco? | Financial Times

Germany/ RussiaRüdiger von Fritsch became the German ambassador to Russia in 2014. A conversation about the art of diplomacy and drawings in Putin’s notepad by Jan Pfaff | taz

China/Europe – European organizers rejected China’s demands to exclude certain participants from an annual dialogue between CEOs, officials and academics | The Wall Street Journal

China/AustraliaThe Great China-Australia Divorce Has Arrived  Salvatore Babones, 1945

U.S./China – The U.S. Can’t Check China Alone  Odd Arne Westad, Foreign Affairs

The Biden TransitionBiden’s Curious Defense of Austin  Thomas Joscelyn, The Dispatch

China/TerrorismEvolution of China’s ‘Preventive Counterterrorism’  M. Clarke & S. Kam Li Yee, CGP

Arab SpringWhat’s the Legacy of the Arab Spring?  Kali Robinson, Council on Foreign Relations

US/AfghanistanHow We Could End This ‘Forever War’  James Stavridis, Time

Biden TransitionWhy the Premature Verdict on Lloyd Austin?  Bilal Saab, Middle East Institute

European Union/ The BalkansNorth Macedonia on the Threshold of Europe  Dimitar Bechev & Damir Marusic, AC

European Union/ Human Rights EU Has New Muscle to Flex on Human Rights  Jen Kirby, Vox

Biden TransitionWhy the Premature Verdict on Lloyd Austin?  Bilal Saab, Middle East Institute

Biden TransitionOn to the Next Presidency  George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

C’est tout pour ce briefing. À la prochaine.
Azra