Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.
Charles W. Pickering

By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 15, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing


Books – Où suis-je ? Leçons du confinement à l’usage des terrestres, Bruno Latour | Éditions La Découverte


Outlook/Russia – What are the Kremlin’s priorities for 2021? By Dmitri Trenin | Defense News
US – Joe Biden needs an America-first foreign policy, Philip Stephens, Financial Times 
US/Afghanistan – The way forward in Afghanistan: How Biden can achieve sustainable peace and US security, James B. Cunningham, Hugo Llorens, Ronald E. Neumann, Richard Olson, and Earl Anthony Wayne, Atlantic Council 
US – The Insurrection Hiding in Plain Sight, Renee DiResta and Alex Stamos, Foreign Affairs 
US – This Impeachment Is Different, David A. Graham, The Atlantic   
Digital – Donald Trump shows the US needs a European approach to online regulation, Emily Bell, Financial Times 
Turkey/Balkans – Erdogan’s great game: Turkish intrigue in the Balkans, Valerie Hopkins and Laura Pitel, Financial Times 
EU/US/China – Why Europe’s China deal will poison transatlantic relations, Nicholas Vinocur, Politico   
Europe – For Central and Eastern Europe, Strategic Autonomy Isn’t Particularly Strategic, Candace Huntington, CEPA  

Research & Analysis

US/Intelligence – Maintaining the Intelligence Edge: Reimagining and Reinventing Intelligence through Innovation, CSIS Technology and Intelligence Task Force
Energy – Global Energy Perspective 2021, McKinsey PDF
Digital – Decoupling: Severed ties and patchwork globalisation, MERICS/European Chamber of Commerce in China PDF
Technology –Smart Partnerships amid Great Power Competition, Matthew Burrows and Julian Mueller-Kaler, Atlantic Council  
Technology/UK – UK AI Roadmap, UK AI Council 

Technology/UK – AI in the UK: No Room for Complacency, House of Lords
Russia – Russia’s Domestic Politics have Become Part of the West’s Russia Policy, Jussi Lassila, Finnish Institute of International Affairs


Enjeux internationaux – En Allemagne, la CDU choisit son nouveau président, par Julie Gacon | France Culture



Welcome to your Wednesday briefing

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you. – Ralph Nader

Azra Isakovic

Wednesday January 6

Good Morning

Welcome to your Wednesday briefing


Books – Fateful triangle: how China shaped US–India relations during the Cold War | Oxford Academic | International AffairsLivres – Et si la santé guidait le monde ? par Eloi Laurent | Les liens qui libèrent
Livres Apocalypse cognitive, par Gérald Bronner | PUF
Livres Sortir de la croissance, mode d’emploi, de Éloi Laurent par Étienne Espagne | La vie des idées


China🇨🇳/HongKong🇭🇰 – Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures arrested in sweeping crackdown, by Helen Davidson | The Guardian
Mali🇲🇱 Wedding guests killed in Mali airstrike, local sources say | The Guardian
EU-China – The Strategic Implications of the China-EU Investment Deal, By Theresa Fallon | The Diplomat
Russia/Baltic – Why the Baltics Behave As They Do Toward Russia, Kadri Liik | Carnegie Russia
Gulf States – Gulf States end blockade on Qatar, now the heavy lifting begins by Dr. Annelle Sheline | Responsible Statecraft
Health/US/Europe – Coronavirus Exposed that America Lacks Resilience, Andrew Michta, The National Interest, Andrew Michta, The National Interest
Europe/Africa/Health –How Europe can work with Africa amid the global scramble for vaccines, Theodore Murphy, European Council on Foreign Relations 
Health/Global – COVID-19 Could Undo Decades of Women’s Progress, Jamille Bigio, Kweilin Ellingrud, Mekala Keishnan, Anu Madgavkar, and Rachel Vogelstein, Foreign Affairs  
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Old tensions still alive in Bosnia 25 years after Dayton, Valerie Hopkins, Financial Times   
UK/EU – The great Brexit heist, Nick Witney, European Council on Foreign Relations  
Germany/China – What Merkel Really Thinks About China – and the World, Noah Barkin, Foreign Policy  
EU/China –Furor Over Europe’s Investment Agreement with China is Overblown, Julia Friedlander, National Interest 
Technology/China – Dealing with China on high-tech issues: Views from the US, EU and like-minded countries in a changing geopolitical landscape, Brigitte Dekker and Maaike Okano-Heijmans (eds.), Clingendael 
Russia/US – The Meddlers: Moscow’s and Washington’s Covert Campaigns, Angela Stent, Foreign Affairs 

Research & Analysis

Top Risks/2021 – Top Risks in 2021  Eurasia Group
Russia/EU – Neighborliness as a model for Russia-EU relations in 2030 by Dmitri Trenin | Moscow Carnegie Centre PDF
Arctic/Russia – Russia and the Development of Arctic Energy Resources in the Context of Domestic Policy and International Markets, Arild Moe, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor,
Arctic –The Arctic and World Order, Johns Hopkins SAIS/Brookings Institution Press   


Economie/Santé –  L’économie d’un monde meilleur (1/3) : Santé ou croissance, l’heure du choix | France Culture