Your Friday Briefing

“The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.”  
Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Friday April 23, 2021

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Featured

Wirecard Scandal – The Weird, Extremely German Origins of the Wirecard Scandal, Adrian Daub | The New Republic

Books

Covid19 – The Covid Consensus – The New Politics of Global Inequality, Toby Green | Hurst Publishers
Sanctions – The Economic Weapon – The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War, Nicholas Mulder | yalebooks

Must-Reads

Europe/China/Technology – TikTok sued on behalf of millions of European children over data concerns, Madhumita Murgia | Financial Times
US/Japan – With U.S. Help, Japan’s Stance on China Hardens Jennifer Lind | Financial Times
US – Engage Americans in Foreign Policy Daniel Baer | Foreign Policy
US/Russia – Why Is Biden Risking War With Russia?  Ted Galen Carpenter | 1945
US/Russia – Did Biden Blink on Russia?  Paul Roderick Gregory | The Hill
Xinjiang – A Manitoba Couple Who Saw the Horrors in Xinjiang J. Chiu & J. Nuttall | The Star
Australia/China – Australia Vetoes Victoria’s Belt and Road Deal With China  | Stratfor Worldview
Australia/China – We Lead the World in Confronting China  Eryk Bagshaw | Sydney Morning Herald
Belarus – The Bizarre Belarus ‘Coup Plot’  Brian Whitmore [ Atlantic Council
Digital/Trade – The changing nature of digital trade, current and future barriers and ideas to overcome them, Javier López-González |  Wilson Center
Russia – Russia and the Future of Drone Swarms  Samuel Bendett | Modern War Institute Russia/Czech Republic – Russian attacks in the Czech Republic: domestic context, implications, perspectives | OSW
Defense – The Nine Commandments on Countering Hybrid Threats, Michael Rühle | Internationale Politik Quarterly

Research & Analysis

EU/Technology – Proposal for a Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence | European Commission
China – After Xi: Future Scenarios for Leadership Succession in Post-Xi Jinping Era, Richard McGregor, Jude Blanchette | CSIS

Podcasts

Josep Borrell – La Commission européenne est-elle devenue vraiment géopolitique ? | IFRI