Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Aucun homme n’a jamais été sage par hasard. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca


By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 13, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Books

Books📚 – Une guerre perdue. La France au Sahel, par Alain Antil | Politique étrangère
Books📚 – « The Back Channel. A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal » de William J. Burns, par Laurence Nardon | Politique étrangère
Books📚 – Les maîtres de l’espionnage par Eugène Berg | Conflits

Must-Reads

Technology – CRISPR and the Slice to Survive, Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker  
Technology/EU/US – EU hopes for ‘tech alliance’ with Biden after Trump Huawei 5G ban, Giannis Seferiadis, Rhyannon Bartlett-Imadegawa, Nikkei Asia 
Turkey –Erdogan’s great game: Soldiers, spies and Turkey’s quest for power, Laura Pitel, Financial Times 
Belarus – Has Lukashenko Won? Slawomir Sierakowski, Project Syndicate
US – Yes, It Was a ‘coup.’ Here’s Why, Fiona Hill, Politico 
US – America’s Authoritarian Adversaries Seize the Moment, Jimmy Quinn, National Review 
US – The Day the internet Came for Them, Nina Jankowicz, Foreign Affairs  
US – Trump Team Makes Last-Minute Moves to Box In Biden on Foreign Policy, Robbie Gramer and Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy  
UK/Indo-Pacific – ‘Global Britain’: The UK in the Indo-Pacific, Anisa Heritage and Pak K. Lee, The Diplomat 
EU – The EU’s enlargement agenda is no longer fit for purpose, Erwan Fouéré, CEPS
How America Can Shore Up Asian Order  Kurt Campbell & Rush Doshi, Foreign Affairs
Does China Need More Russian, Central Asian Gas?  S. Kapitonov & T. Umarov, MT
Bitcoin Has Ambitions for Gold’s Role Gavyn Davies, Financial Times
EU/UK/Trade – The double irony of the new UK-EU trade relationship, André Sapir, Bruegel  
Sweden’s Journey From Model to Pandemic Pariah  C. Karlsson, Worldcrunch

  

Research & Analysis

EU/UK – The EU-UK trade and co-operation agreement: A platform on which to build? Sam Lowe | CER PDF 📥  
Germany – Merkel’s Successor: None of the Above?  Sophia Besch & Christian Odendahl, CER  
US/NAT – The Biden Transition and Reshaping U.S. Strategy: Replacing “Burden Sharing” with Meaningful Force Planning, Anthony H. Cordesman with the assistance of Grace Hwang, CSIS
Arctic – Constant and Changing Components of the Arctic Regime, Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, in Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor

Podcasts

Opération Barkhane – La France doit-elle se retirer du Sahel ? | France Culture
États-Unis/Occupation du Capitole – Un après-guerre mal négocié ? | France Culture

 

Your Monday Briefing

We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate. – Kin Hubbard


Azra Isakovic

Your Monday Briefing – What you should know for Monday January 4

Books

Books – Secrets and Spies: UK Intelligence Accountability After Iraq and Snowden, by Jamie Gaskarth | Chatham House
Books – A Year in Reading: Books in the Time of COVID | National Review
Books –The Coming Global Backlash against China | National Review
Books – Trade Wars Are Class Wars – How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace, Matthew C. Klein and Michael Pettis | Yale Univ Press
Books – To Rule Eurasia’s Waves The New Great Power Competition at Sea Geoffrey F. Gresh | Yale Univ Press
Books/Review – Biden’s Dreampolitik | Bruno Maçães

Must-Reads

US/China – China used stolen data to expose CIA operatives in Africa and Europe, by Zach Dorfman | Foreign Policy
US/China – Beijing ransacked data as U.S. sources went dark in China, by Zach Dorfman | Foreign Policy
US/China – Tech giants are giving China a vital edge in espionage, by Zach Dorfman | Foreign Policy

Russia/Baltic – Respect Thy Neighbor: Russia and the Baltic Region, by Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Russia
Julian Assange – The Kafkaesque Imprisonment of Julian Assange Exposes U.S. Myths About Freedom and Tyranny Glenn Greenwald
Europe – An Embattled Public Servant in a Fractured France Roger Cohen | New York Times
2021 –  What Will a Post-Trump and Post-Covid World Look Like? | Geopolitics Mag
US/ChinaDon’t Assume U.S. Would Beat China in a Taiwan War  Daniel Davis, 1945
UK/Turkey – UK-Turkey FTA: Beyond the Economics  Tridivesh Singh Maini, Notes on Liberty
The Carnival Goes On  Robert Zaretsky, Forward
What Will Historians Make of Our Annus Horribilis?  Victor Davis Hanson, NRO
A Sovereign Britain Still a Global Force  Con Coughlin, The National
Britain Must Rebuild Trust in Europe  Camilla Cavendish, Financial Times
US/China/ – A Messy Financial Divorce for the US and China by George Magnus | Project Syndicate

Research & Analysis

Research – The Most Popular RAND Research of 2020 | RAND Corporation
China/Nato – China’s rise as a global security actor: implications for NATO Meia Nouwens | IISS
Strategy – Hedgemony: A Game of Strategic Choices | RAND Corporation
TerrorismCommunity and Gender in Counter-Terrorism Policy Jessica White | ICCT – The Hague PDF
Terrorism – Mitigating the Impact of Media Reporting of Terrorism: Libya case study, Mary Fitzgerald | ICCT – The Hague  PDF
China/Russia/Serbia – Sino–Russian Interests in Serbia: Competitive, Coordinated or Complementary? Veerle Nouwens and Emily Ferris | RUSI PDF

Your Wednesday Briefing

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


Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Your Wednesday Briefing – What you should know for Wednesday, December 30

Books

Books – The Best of Books 2020 | Foreign Affairs

Books – How the Specter of Islam Fueled European Colonization in the Americas | Literary Hub

Books – What We Still Get Wrong About Alexander Hamilton, by Christian Parenti et Michael Busch | Boston Review

Must-Reads

Arab Monarchies – In Arab Monarchies, Absolute Rule May Be Dwindling by Hilal Khashan | Geopolitical Futures

China/EU – China-E.U. Talks Hit Another Snag as Biden Camp Objects | New York Times

2020 Saw the Return of the State Leviathan  Ferdinando Giugliano, Bloomberg

Turkey Sticks to Its Guns on S-400  Semih Idiz, Al Monitor

Viktor Orbán – The Broad Coalition Trying to Take Down Orban  Dalibor Rohac, The Bulwark

Will Italy-U.S. Relations Become Less Ambiguous?  Dario Cristiani, GMF

Hong Kong Reveals China’s Long-Term Strategy  Guy Sorman, City Journal

Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us  Ed Yong, The Atlantic

Global inequality –  Chateaubriand and inequality: two centuries later | Branko Milanovic

Far-Right – A Far-Right Terrorism Suspect With a Refugee Disguise: The Tale of Franco A. | New York Times

Research & Analysis

#Covid19/#Europe🇪🇺 – Le COVID-19 révèle la solitude stratégique de l’Europe, par Éric-André Martin | Ifri | IAI Papers PDF 📥  

Covid19/Europe🇪🇺/#US🇺🇸/#China🇨🇳 –  L’Europe face à la rivalité sino-américaine : le coronavirus comme catalyseur | IFRI PDF 📥 

Japon/Afrique – La diplomatie économique du Japon en Afrique, par Céline Pajon| Notes de l’Ifri décembre 2020 PDF 📥

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

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

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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 📥



Votre briefing du mardi

Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens and real diseases are useful material. Susan Sontag


Azra Isakovic

Voici ce que vous devez savoir aujourd’hui:

#Europe🇪🇺/#Covid19 – COVID-19 Reveals Europe’s Strategic Loneliness by Éric André Martin | IAI PDF 📥

The Biden Transition – Biden Thinks He’s Tough on China. He’s Just Complacent By Bruno Maçães | Foreign Policy
China/Vaccine –  Scandal Dogs AstraZeneca’s Vaccine Partner in China | New York Times
The Biden Transition – Will Biden be the first sustainable trade president? | Hinrich Foundation
EU/Hungary/Poland – EU gives Hungary and Poland 24 hours to lift veto | EURACTIV

China/Central and Eastern Europe –  Central and Eastern Europe is no Chinese Trojan horse, Alicja Bachulska, East Asia Forum
US/Turkey – Problematic prospects for US-Turkish ties in the Biden era, Alan Makovsky, SWP
Arctic A New Strategic Gateway to the Arctic  Regin Winther Poulsen, Foreign Policy
Russia/China/Space – Sino-Russian cooperation in outer space: Taking off? Richard Weitz, The Jamestown Foundation  
France/EgyptMacron vows to keep defence ties to Egyptian regime | Financial Times
Digital/US – How Joe Biden Could Help Internet Companies Moderate Harmful Content, Sue Halpern, New Yorker 
Digital/EU – EU Hypocrisy on Digital Trade, Robert D. Atkinson, ITIF 
Digital/EU/US – Breaking the Transatlantic Data Trilemma, Tyson Barker, DGAP 
Digital/EU/US –  A transatlantic effort to take on Big Tech, Rana Foroohar, Financial Times 
China/Nuclear Will China Win the Nuclear Fusion Race?  Haley Zaremba, Oil Price
North KoreaA Bold Peace Offensive to Engage North Korea  Frank Aum & George Lopez, WOTR
OSCEIs the OSCE Still Relevant in Nagorno-Karabakh?  Bradley Reynolds, Riddle
EthiopiaThe Battle of Mekelle and Its Implications for Ethiopia  Judd Devermont, CSIS
Books“Jews, Liberalism, Antisemitism – A Global History” – Editors: Green, Abigail, Levis Sullam, Simon (Eds.) | Palgrave


Your Saturday Briefing – Here’s what you need to know

    In our changing world nothing changes more than geography. Pearl S. Buck

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know

China/ Chinese Communist Party – The Party That Failed China  Cai Xia, Foreign Affairs

China/ Supply Chains  – Does China Pose a Threat to Global Rare Earth Supply Chains? | CSIS

China/Technology –How China is buying up the West’s high-tech sector, Elisabeth Braw, Foreign Policy

US/Defense – Conference Report Summary for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, U.S. House Armed Services Committee 

US/Foreign Policy – A New Direction: A foreign policy playbook on military restraint for the Biden team, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft 

China/Biden  Biden’s Chance to Challenge China  Dan Blumenthal, Newsweek

Vaccines Vaccines Prompt a Wave of Economic Exuberance Robin Wigglesworth, FT

Turkey/EU Turkey Does Its Own Thing  Nigar Goksel & Hugh Pope, Chatham House

RCEPThe Limits of the RCEP  Lee Jong-Wha, Project Syndicate

North KoreaResetting With North Korea  Bonnie Kristian, RealClearWorld

JapanJapan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force Revitalization  Felix Chang, FPRI