Your Thursday Briefing

America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration. – Warren G. Harding

By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 14, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing


Books –  La société de vigilance. Auto-surveillance, délation et haines sécuritaires, par Vanessa Codaccioni | Éditions Textuel
Books – Introduction à Antonio Gramsci by George HOARE, Nathan SPERBER | Éditions La Découverte
Books –  French Defence Policy Since the End of the Cold War, by Alice Pannier, Olivier Schmitt  | Routledge Books
Books –  Rivals in Arms: The Rise of UK-France Defence Relations in the Twenty-First Century by Alice Pannier | McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal


US – Impeachable Speech, Katherine Shaw, Emory Law Journal 
US – Institutional Integrity: Learning the Right Lessons from the Capitol Siege, Suzanne Spaulding and Devi Nair, CSIS 
US – We Tried to Warn You, Timothy McLaughlin, The Atlantic  
US/China/Technology – What the Cold War can teach Washington about Chinese tech tensions, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Brookings  
Lithuania – Vilnius at 30 – Nothing Must Be Forgotten, Paul Goble  
Estonia – Estonia’s PM resigns as corruption scandal hits ruling coalition, Richard Milne, Financial Times 
Baltics/Russia – The Sorry State of Baltic-Russian Relations, Sergei Utkin, Carnegie Moscow  
Germany – A Small Window of Opportunity, Stefanie Babst, Internationale Politik Quarterly   
Technology/Digital – Internet 3.0 and the Beginning of (Tech) History, Ben Thompson, Stratechery 
Technology – The Global AI Index, Tortoise 
Technology/US – Summary of AI Provisions from the National Defense Authorization Act 2021, Stanford University Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence 
Europe – Will Europe Part Ways with Populism in 2021? Shane Markowitz, World Politics Review 

Research & Analysis

US/Health/Global – COVID-19 exposes a changed world: A prescription for renewing U.S. global partnership, George Ingram, Brookings  
Data/Tech – Good Intentions, Bad Inventions – The Four Myths of Healthy Tech, by Amanda Lenhart & Kellie Owens | Data & Society 📥 PDF
Arctic –The U.S.-Canada Northwest Passage Disagreement: Why Agreeing to Disagree Is More Important Than Ever, Suzanne Lalonde, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate edito


Idées – Sommes-nous entrés dans une société de vigilance ? par Vanessa Codaccioni et Olivia Gesbert | France Culture

Welcome to Our Tuesday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. – Emma Goldman

Azra Isakovic

Good morning and Welcome to Our Tuesday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

US presidential election 2020 –  Republicans accept Joe Biden’s victory after Electoral College vote | Financial Times  

US🇺🇸Barr to step down as US attorney-general after Trump attacks | Financial Times  
Cyber warfare US orders emergency action after huge cyber security breach | Financial Times

EU/UK – Why the World Should Root for the EU in Brexit Talks, Edward Alden, Foreign Policy 
Germany – Who Will Succeed Merkel? Josef Joffe, Project Syndicate 
US – Al Gore: Where I Find Hope, Al Gore, New York Times  
US/Intelligence – Crisis of Confidence: How Biden Can Restore Faith in U.S. Spy Agencies, Foreign Affairs 
US/Russia – Managing US sanctions toward Russia, Steven Pifer, Brookings  
US/Russia – How to Safely Manage U.S.-Russian Great-Power Competition, Dmitri Trenin and Thomas Graham, Carnegie Moscow 

China – China pulls back from the world: rethinking Xi’s ‘project of the century’, James Kynge and Jonathan Wheatley, Financial Times 
China/NATO – China’s Rise Can Unite NATO, Henrik Larsen, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
US🇺🇸/China🇨🇳/Tech/Techno-nationalism and corporate governance, by Alex Capri | Hinrich Foundation
China claims quantum supremacy with new supercomputer

China🇨🇳/Nuclear notebookChinese nuclear forces, 2020 | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
OSCE – Strengthening the OSCE’s Role in Election System Monitoring, Tyson Barker, DGAP 
BiographyOn a New Biography of Karl Marx by Branco Milanovic | Brave New Europe
EconomyThe Friedman doctrine in the 21st century by Michael Roberts | Brave New Europe

Your Thursday Briefing – Votre briefing du jeudi, par Azra Isakovic

Le secret d’une autorité, quelle qu’elle soit, tient à la rigueur inflexible avec laquelle elle persuade les gens qu’ils sont coupables ~ Raoul Vaneigem

Azra Isakovic

Dec. 10, 2020

Good Morning

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

US/China – About Beijing’s Influence With the Biden Administration – Professor Di Dongsheng says China’s close ties to Wall Street and its dealings with Hunter both enable it to exert more power now than it could under Trump. | Glenn Greenwald


China/Vaccine – U.A.E. is first to approve Chinese vaccine . By Sui-Lee Wee | The New York Times

US – Why I Chose Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense, Joe Biden, The Atlantic

UK/Finance – Future of the City: how London’s reach will shrink after Brexit, Jonathan Ford, Financial Times 

US/EU – What is Europe’s ‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Offer to America? Bart M.J. Szewczyk, Foreign Policy

EU/France – The Risks Behind Macron’s Paris Consensus, Shahin Vallée, DGAP

EU/Turkey – Turkey, the EU and the Eastern Mediterranean Crisis, Sinem Adar, Ilke Toygür, SWP 

Energy – Energy Transitions in Emerging Economies, Nikos Tsafos and Lachlan Carey, CSIS   

Digital/EU/US – Why Schrems II requires US-EU agreement on surveillance and privacy, Joshua P. Meltzer, Brookings

EU/US –What Is Europe’s ‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Offer to America? Bart M.J. Szewczyk, Foreign Policy 

Germany Merkel’s Last Chance  Jan-Werner Mueller, Project Syndicate

China/IndiaA Fresh Look at China-India Standoff  Daniel Balazs, The Diplomat

France/Turkey – ‘Islamism’ at the heart of France’s hostility towards Turkey, by Jean-Do Merchet | l’Opinion

TechPolicy/AI_EthicsThe coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty, by Karen Hao  | MIT Technology Review

#Technology/ The promise of the fourth industrial revolution | MIT Technology Review PDF 📥