Your Wednesday Briefing

J’ai réinventé le passé pour voir la beauté de l’avenir.
Louis Aragon.


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, March 31

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Featured

In honour of David Graeber – Free us from the Roving Cavaliers of Credit, Steve Keen | Brave New Europe

Books

À propos de : « Sociologie historique du capitalisme » | La Decouverte, par Hervé Joly | La Vie des idées
Book Review –Heterodox Challenges in Economics Sergio Cesaratto, by M. D. Rose | Brave New Europe
Book Review –Claremont’s Constitutional Crisis, R. Shep Melnick | Law & Liberty
Review – Work Won’t Love You Back Sarah Jaffe | Hurst Publishers, by Marzena Zukowska

Must-Reads

WHO/Covid19 –Joint Statement on the WHO-Convened COVID-19 Origins Study | United States Department of State
Covid19 – The Fourth Surge Is Upon Us. This Time, It’s Different, by Zeynep Tufekci | The Atlantic
China/Russia – An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order, Steven Lee Myers | The New York Times
Russia/China/US – Here’s How Russia and China Are Helping the U.S., by Yasmeen Serhan | The Atlantic
EU/US/China –The Fragility of Europe’s China Strategy, Adam Tooze | Internationale Politik Quarterly
Germany – Stepping Into the 21st Century, Thierry de Montbrial | Internationale Politik Quarterly
US/India – Unresolved Questions in U.S.-India Relations  Anita Inder Singh | Lowy Institute
EU/US – Why the EU Is Still Wary of America  | Economist
China/Cyberspace – Did China Cross a Red Line in Cyberspace?  M. Montgomery & T. Logan | SG
US/Iran/China – How U.S. Pushed China & Iran Together  Amir Handjani | Responsible Statecraft
US/Russia/China – A Second Cold War Is Tracking the First  Gideon Rachman | Financial Times
France – The Paris Commune Lives On in French Politics  Robert Zaretsky | Foreign Affairs
US/Russia – No Emotions or Illusions: The Future of U.S.-Russian Relations, Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Moscow Center

Research & Analysis

EU –Is there a populist foreign policy? Angelos Chryssogelos | Chatham House
US/EU/Digital – How to Build Back Better the Transatlantic Data Relationship, Nigel Cory and Ellyse Dick | ITIF
US/CinaThe Case for Legislation to Out-Compete China, Robert D. Atkinson | ITIF
China/EU/US/Climate –China, EU and US cooperation on climate and energy, Antony Froggatt and Daniel Quiggin | Chatham House

Podcasts

Surveillance numérique –  Géopolitique de la surveillance numérique | France Culture

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

Featured

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

Books

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

Must-Reads

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

Podcasts

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

Your Thursday Briefing

Why be a man when you can be a success?
Bertolt Brecht


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 25

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Liberalism –An excerpt from Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist by Alexander Zevin, | Verso Books

Books

Populism –Technopopulism – The New Logic of Democratic Politics, by Christopher J. Bickerton and Carlo Invernizzi Accetti | Oxford Academic
Liberalism – Liberalism at Large – The World According to the Economist, by Alexander Zevin  | Verso Books
Essay –Was 1925 Literary Modernism’s Most Important Year? By Ben Libman | New York Times Books

Must-Reads

China/Trade – How much will China grow as an export market? Stewart Paterson | Hinrich Foundation
Global – A Grand Strategy of Democratic Solidarity, Hal Brands and Charles Edel | The Washington Quarterly
Deterrence – Democratic Deterrence: How to Dissuade Hybrid Interference, Mikael Wigell | The Washington Quarterly
NATO – Revitalizing Transatlantic Relations: NATO 2030 and Beyond, Sara Bjerg Moller and Sten Rynning | The Washington Quarterly
US/China – China’s Belt and Road: Implications for the United States, Jacob J. Lew, Gary Roughead, Jennifer Hillman and David Sacks | CFR
UK/EU – Global Britain Lays out Its Stall, but EU Missing in Action, Robin Niblett | Chatham House
US/EU – Ready, set, go: Emerging areas of EU-US cooperation | AmCham EU
US/Digital – Recommendations to the Biden Administration On Regulating Disinformation and Other Harmful Content on Social Media, Caroline Atkinson, et al. | Harvard Kennedy School/NYU Stern School
Western Balkans/EU – The Plight of the Western Balkans Is a Wake-up Call for Europe, Vedran Džihić and Paul Schmidt | IAI
China/US/EU – China’s hardline turn lifts chances of deeper EU-US alliance, Stuart Lau, Rym Momtaz and Jakob Hanke Vela | Politico
Russia – Fallacies and Failures in the Western Perception of Russia, Lilia Shevtsova | Robert Bosch Academy

Research & Analysis

Economy – The Transatlantic Economy 2021, Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph P. Quinlan, Wilson Center/JHU/U.S. Chamber of Commerce/AmCham EU [PDF]
EU-Turkey – Customs Union: Old Instrument, New Function in EU-Turkey Relations | CATS Network [PDF]
Russia/Turkey – Turkish-Russian Adversarial Collaboration in Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh, Güney Yildiz | SWP Berlin [PDF]
EU – The Role of Differentiation in EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policy Cooperation with Neighbouring Countries, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Ian Bond and Luigi Scazzieri | IAI
US/Digital – Online Hate and Harassment: The American Experience 2021 | Anti-Defamation League

Podcasts

Talking Politics – Technopopulism | Acast

Your Wednesday Briefing

We’re still in the first minutes of the first day of the Internet revolution.  Scott Cook


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, March 24

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Featured

Bernie Sanders –An Unusually Optimistic Conversation With Bernie Sanders, Ezra Kleinwith | New York Times Opinion
Analog/Digital –Why Analog Is Better than Digital II , by Francis Fukuyama | American Purpose

Books

Enlightenment The Enlightenment – The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790, Ritchie Robertson | Harper Collins
Review –“The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of happiness, 1680-1790”, Ritchie Robertson | Voltaire Foundation
About : Unsustainable Inequalities. Social Justice and the Environment, by Matthew Soener | Books & Ideas

Must-Reads

Pandemic –Pandemic Theater, The Anniversary Edition | Zeynep
US/EU – The US and the EU: Time for a New “Transatlantic Moment”? Claudia Schmucker and Stormy-Annika Mildner | DGAP
US/Russia –  Why Russia Is the Problem From Hell  Robert Kaplan | National Interest
Russia/China – What Does China’s Latest 5-Year Plan Mean for Russia?  Vita Spivak | Carn. Mos.
NATO –Secretary Blinken’s Moderated Conversation with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | United States Department of State
NATO – Enlarging NATO’s Toolbox to Counter Hybrid Threats, Michael Rühle and Clare Roberts | NATO
Russia/Ukraine – Russia and Ukraine Are Not About to Come to Blows  Ekaterina Zolotova | GPF
China/BRI – China’s Belt and Road: Implications for the U.S.  J. Hillman & D. Sacks | CFR
India – India Romances the West  C. Raja Mohan | Foreign Policy
UK – Where Do Boris Johnson’s Nuclear Ambitions Lead?  Gavin Esler | The National
Biden Transition – Biden Wants No Part of the Culture War the G.O.P. Loves, by Thomas Edsall | New York Times Opinion

Research & Analysis

UK –Integrated Review of Security 2021 | Commons Library
UK –Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy | GOV.UK
NATO –NATO in in the Era of Unpeace: Defending Against Known Unknowns, Dominik P. Jankowski and Tomasz Stępniewski, eds. | Institute of Central Europe IEŚ

Podcasts

EU/Russia – Europe–Russia Relations Today, with Kadri Liik and Dmitri Trenin | Sound Cloud

Your Thursday Briefing

“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, March 18

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Books

Recension – « L’héritage des Lumières » par Blaise Bachofen | La Vie des idées
EssaysPaul Valéry and the Mechanisms of Modern Tyranny, Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody | The Hedgehog Review
Review –‘Talking to Strangers’ of Paul Auster’s by Zachary Houle

Must-Reads

Health/Security – Pathogens Have the World’s Attention: The United States Should Lead a New Push Against Bioweapons, Nathan Levine and Chris Li | Foreign Affairs
Post-pandemic recovery – Sequencing the Post-COVID Recovery | Robert Skidelsky
China/Taiwan – Will Taiwan’s Dongsha Islands Be the Next Crimea? by Shahn Savino | World Politics Review
ChinaChina’s Strategic Standpoint, by George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
US/Russia – Another Reason for Biden to Rethink Putin Strategy  F. Kempe, Atlantic Council
EU/Digital/Finance – The European Union, Cybersecurity, and the Financial Sector, Philipp S. Krüger and Jan-Philipp Brauchle | Carnegie
Ukraine/Russia – Merge and Rule: What’s In Store for the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics, Konstantin Skorkin | Carnegie Moscow Center
Deterrence – A Mom’s Guide to Coercion and Deterrence  Emma Ashford & Erica Borghard, AC
Hong Kong – Hong Kong’s Economic Future  Ho-fung Hung et al, ChinaFile
Germany – Merkel Destroyed Her Own Party  Jacob Heilbrunn, National Interest
UK – UK’s Vision Is Confident, Success Is Distant  Richard Whitman, Chatham House
UK – Strong Navy Is Critical to Global Britain  Jeremy Hutton & James Rogers, CapX

Research & Analysis

Digital/Democracy – Democracies Under Threat, Heidi Beirich and Wendy Via | GPAHE [PDF]
Energy – Oil 2021 Analysis and forecast to 2026 | IEA International Energy Agency
US – Foreign Threats to the 2020 US National Elections, | National Intelligence Council

Podcasts

Enjeux internationaux – Que cherchent les Etats-Unis dans « l’Indo-Pacifique » ? par Julie Gacon et Pierre Grosser | France Culture

Why The UK’s Post-Coronavirus Economic Recovery Will Not Be As Quick As Expected | Lord Skidelsky

Your Friday Briefing

History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonaparte


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 12

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Review Essay –  A Tyranny Without Tyrants  Patrick J. Deneen, American Affairs
After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed by Andrew Bacevich | Metropolitan Books
Nonfiction – How Sir Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth I Made England a Global Power, by Nigel Cliff | The New York Times
Nonfiction – In Search of a Kingdom – Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire By Laurence Bergreen | HarperCollins

Must-Reads


UK –The Green New Deal’s time has come – but where has Labour’s radicalism gone? Adam Tooze | The Guardian
Carbon dioxide –The Negative Part of Net Zero, Noah J. Gordon | Internationale Politik Quarterly
Quad/Indo-Pacific – How Biden Can Make the Quad Endure, Evan Feigenbaum, James Schwemlein | Carnegie Endowment
India/China – China’s Himalayan Salami Tactics Are Working  Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate
India/China – India and China Need More Than a Border Pullback  Anubhav Gupta, WP Review
Quad/Indo-Pacific – Is the Quad for Real? We’ll Know More on Friday  Salvatore Babones, Foreign Policy
Biden/Blob – On Shedding an Obsolete Past, Andrew Bacevich | TomDispatch

Quad/Indo-Pacific – The Future of the Quad Is Bright  Jeff M. Smith, RealClearWorld
Balkans – Ethnic Engineering in the Balkans  Aleksandar Brezar, Al Jazeera
Space – Avoiding the Folly of a U.S.-China Space Race  Zhou Bo, SCMP
Taiwan – Supply Chains Critical to Taiwan’s Security  James Lee, East Asia Forum
Data Protection – How Europe’s Intelligence Services Aim to Avoid the EU’s Highest Court | Lawfare
EU/Digital – Why Europe’s Digital Decade Matters by Margrethe Vestager, and Josep Borrell | Project Syndicate

Research & Analysis

AI/Data – Auditing employment algorithms for discrimination, Alex Engler | Brookings Institution
EU/Russia/Counterterrorism – Blurry Counterterrorism: A Chance for Russia, A Risk for Europe, Miriam Heiß | DGAP
EU-China –Towards a Fair and Reciprocal Partnership |  EPP Group

Podcasts

Le Cours de l’histoire – Que nous réserve l’avenir ? Xavier Mauduit | France Culture


Your Friday Briefing

Tout pouvoir est une conspiration permanente.” Honoré de Balzac


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 29, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Climat – « Climat, la démission permanente » par Cyrille Cormier | Editions Utopia | Decitre
Book Review – Last of the Libertines  Theodore Dalrymple, Law & Liberty
Essay – Harold Bloom’s ‘Rage for Reading’  Robert Gottlieb, The New York Times

Must-Reads

US – Biden administration pauses Trump’s foreign weapons sales, Connor O’Brien, Politico 
US/EU/Digital – 5 charts that explain the digital transatlantic relationship, Mark Scott, Politico   
EU/Health – How Europe fell behind on vaccines, Jillian Deutsch and Sarah Wheaton, Politico   
EU/UK/Health – Delays in covid-19 vaccine delivery are causing tempers to flare and timetables to slip, The Economist 
Arms Control – Saving the Open Skies Treaty, Steven Pifer, Brookings 
Turkey/Eastern Mediterranean – Turkey, Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean: Charting a way out of the current deadlock, Galip Dalay, Brookings  
Russia/Foreign Policy – Russian Foreign Policy in 2020, András Rácz (ed.), DGAP  
Germany/Russia/Energy – Nord Stream 2:Sanctions, Skullduggery and Solutions, Alan Riley, CEPA  
Iran Deal – Netanyahu’s Risky Gambit on Iran Deal  Kurtzer, Miller & Simon, Responsible Statecraft 


 

Research & Analysis

Corruption – Corruption Perceptions Index 2020, Transparency International 
Russia/Foreign Policy – Russian Foreign Policy in 2020, András Rácz (ed.), DGAP  
EU – Anti-Money Laundering in the EU, Karel Lannoo and Richard Parlour, CEPS 
China – The Longer Telegram: Toward a New China Strategy  Atlantic Council
China – Myths, Realities of China’s Military-Civil Fusion  Elsa Kania & Lorand Laskai, CNAS 
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bosnia to war, to Dayton, and to its slow peace, Carl Bildt, ECFR 
Climate/Trade – Toward a Climate-Driven Trade Agenda, Jack Caporal and William Reinsch, CSIS  

Podcast      

Climat – La démission permanente |  France Inter

Your Tuesday Briefing

“Power without abuse loses its charm.”
Paul Valéry


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 26, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Russia – Russia Rising: Putin’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa by Dimitar Bechev (Editor), Nicu Popescu (Editor), Stanislav Secrieru (Editor) | Barnes & Noble
États-Unis/monopoles – Du danger des monopoles  par Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

Egypt’s Arab Spring –#Jan25: 10 years Later by zeynep
Egypt’s Arab Spring – How hopes for Egypt’s Arab Spring were crushed , by Bel Trew | The Independent
Digital – Cyber ‘Deterrence’: A Brexit Analogy, Ciaran Martin, Lawfare 
Digital/EU – 5 things to know about the EU’s new Google cases, Simon van Dorpe, Politico 
US/Economy –Biden set for ‘buy American’ push to boost domestic manufacturing, James Politi, Financial Times
US/Russia – Biden’s predecessors emboldened Putin. Here’s how he can get Russia right, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Washington Post  
Russia/US/Europe –How Russia and the West try to weaken each other, Nicu Popescu, ECFR 
Germany/US – How Germany can Work With Biden to Rebuild Trans-Atlantic Ties, Daniela Schwarzer, DGAP  
EU/Western Balkans/Defense – Enlarging the European Defence Union to the Western Balkans, Dylan Macchiarini Crosson, CEPS 
EU/India – Beijing’s rise rekindles EU-India romance, Barbara Moens, Politico  
Estonia – Estonia gets new government, first female PM, Pekka Vanttinen, Euractiv 
Portugal – President Rebelo de Sousa wins landslide reelection in Portugal, Paul Ames, Politico 

Research & Analysis

Technology – Who is Winning the AI Race: China, the EU, or the United States? Daniel Castro, Center for Data Innovation
Grand Strategy of Restraint – Implementing Restraint  RAND

Podcasts

Histoire du mensonge (2/4) : Calomnies, rumeurs et murmures, comment circulaient les fausses informations ? Xavier Mauduit avc Maïté Billoré, Pierre-Carl Langlais et Julien Schuh | France Culture
Histoire du mensonge (1/4) – Les démocraties ont-elles inventé la propagande ?

China – Four Principles to Guide U.S. Policy Toward China

Your Wednesday Briefing / 16 December 2020

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. – Plato


Azra Isakovic

16 December 2020

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know

ArcticThe Arctic and World Order, | Johns Hopkins SAIS/Brookings Institution Press 

Digital/Russia/US – Hackers have vaulted into the heart of America’s government, The Economist 
Digital/EU – The Digital Services Act: ensuring a safe and accountable online environment, European Commission
Digital/EU ­– The Digital Markets Act: ensuring fair and open digital markets, European Commission 
Digital/EU – Putting digital services at the service of Europeans, Margrethe Vestager and Thierry Breton, Irish Times
US/Germany – Preserving America’s Military Posture in Germany, Bradley Bowman and Ben Hodges, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
US/UK – The US-UK trade talks that Joe Biden inherits, Anna Isaac, Politico 
US/Eastern Mediterranean– American Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean, Eric Edelman and Aykan Erdemir, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies 
EU/US/Turkey/Russia – Peeling Turkey Away from Russia’s Embrace: A Transatlantic Interest, Nathalie Tocci, Istituto Affari Internazionali 
NATO/Russia – NATO-Russia Crisis Brief, Nuclear Crisis Group
US/Democracy – A Democracy Summit Is Not What the Doctor Ordered, James Goldgeier and Bruce W. Jentleson, Foreign Affairs 
EU/Democracy – EU still lacks a ‘silver bullet’ for bringing autocrats to heel, Ben Hall, Financial Times 
Bosnia and Herzegovina –Dayton at 25: Time for Effective and Functional Government in Bosnia, R. Bruce Hitchner, Balkan Insight 

Germany Fares Poorly in Second Wave of Coronavirus  Lukas Eberle et al, Spiegel
China Seems Ready for a Fight Over Taiwan  James Holmes, 1945
China’s Nationalists See a World Turning Their Way  Chris Buckley, New York Times
Maybe Brexit Isn’t So Bad After All  Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg
How the Brexit Fairy Tale Ends  Gavin Esler, The National
Measuring Soft Power  Margaret Seymour, FPRI

The Hidden Cost of Digital Consumption, by Halden Lin, Aishwarya Nirmal, Shobhit Hathi & Lilian Liang (Parametric Press 19/10)
US Indicts Sandworm, Russia’s Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit, by Andy Greenberg (Wired 19/10