Your Friday Briefing

« Only the vanquished remember history. »
Marshall McLuhan

By Azra Isakovic

Friday, April 16, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing


EU – Imagine that the coronavirus pandemic, rather than undermining confidence in the European Union, had strengthened it, Yanis Varoufakis | Project Syndicate


Essay –Brexit and the Two Irelands by Ophélie Siméon | Books & Ideas
Essay –The Japanese Press: a Global Exception? by César Castellvi | Books & Ideas
9/11 –Reign of Terror , Spencer Ackerman | Penguin Random House


Vaccines – Always Read the Methods Section | Zeynep Tufekci
Vaccines – What a J&J vaccine pause means Matthew Field | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
EU/China/Russia – The EU’s Worst Nightmare: a China-Russian Axis, David Hutt | Internationale Politik Quarterly
US/Japan – The Summit That Can’t Fail  Michael Hirsh | Foreign Policy
Germany – The Race to Define Germany’s Evolving Political Center Jeremy Cliffe | NS
India – India’s Trump Card Against China  Phillip Orchard, Geopolitical Futures
Russia/Ukraine – Why Russia Is Threatening Escalation  Gustav Gressel | ECFR
Russia/Ukraine – Russian pressure on Ukraine: military and political dimensions, Marek Menkiszak and Andrzej Wilk | OSW
Digital/EU/UK/USDo continued EU data flows to the United Kingdom offer hope for the United States? Kenneth Propp | Atlantic Council
Drones/Middle East –Droning On in the Middle East, Francis Fukuyama | American Purpose
Diplomacy – How Diplomacy Falls Flat  Sholto Byrnes | The National The National
Taiwan – Is War Over Taiwan Imminent?  Yun Sun | Korea Times
US/Japan – Can Japan, U.S. Lead way to 6G?  James Schoff & Joshua Levy | The Diplomat

Research & Analysis

Proxy Warfare – The Future of Sino-U.S. Proxy War  Dominic Tierney  | Texas National Security Review
Russia/Central and Eastern Europe/Western Balkans –Russia: mighty Slavic brother or hungry bear next-door? The image of Russia in Central & Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, Daniel Milo | Globesec
China/Europe/Economy –  Home advantage: How China’s protected market threatens Europe’s economic power, Agatha Kratz and Janka Oertel | ECFR 
US/Health – The Time Is Now for U.S. Global Leadership on Covid-19 Vaccines, J. Stephen Morrison, Katherine E. Bliss and Anna McCaffrey | CSIS
NATO/Climate –A Climate Security Plan for Nato: Collective Defence for the 21st Century, Erin Sikorski and Sherri Goodman | Policy Exchange


UK – Wales, England and the Future of the UK, Daniel Wincott | Talking Politics

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


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


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


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

Brexit : Londres et Bruxelles sont arrivés à un accord | Une année pas comme les autres: 2020 en images | Votre briefing du jeudi

« Il est difficile d’imaginer offrir des ensembles de livres de sociologie pour les cadeaux de Noël, ce serait tout à fait impensable » – Pierre Bourdieu

Azra Isakovic

Good Evening

Your Thursday Briefing: What you should know for Thursday, December 24

Brexit : Londres et Bruxelles sont arrivés à un accord Les Echos

Covid-19 – Emmanuel Macron, Free of Covid-19 Symptoms, Leaves Isolation, By Constant Méheut | The New York Times

Brexit – Britain and E.U. Scramble to Reach Brexit Deal Before Christmas Mark Landler | The New York Times

Book Review – The Sociologist and the Historian by Pierre Bourdieu and Roger Chartier by Canan Bolel | LSE Review of Books

Sociologie – Jaurès, Durkheim, Lévi-Strauss : il y a un siècle, quand les sciences sociales étaient socialistes Par Chloé Leprince |  France Culture

EU/China – Paris will block EU-China deal, says trade minister |  POLITICO Europe

China – How to Deter China: Enter the Democratic Armada  James Holmes, 1945

China/Asia – Will China Turn Off Asia’s Tap?  Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

US/Russia With Biden’s New Threats, the Russia Discourse is More Reckless and Dangerous Than Ever | Glenn Greenwald

Covid19 – Maybe Freedom is Having No Followers to Lose by Zeynep Tufekci

Russia – Has Navalny’s Prank Finally Shattered the FSB Myth?  Sergey Radchenko, M. Times

China/India – The SCO’s Limited Role in Easing India-China Tensions    James MacHaffie, Jamestown

Azerbaijan – A Pyrrhic Victory for Azerbaijan?  Ido Vock, New Statesman

Turkey/Erdogan Erdogan’s Political Challengers Are Getting Tougher  Bobby Ghosh, Japan Times

2020 – A Year Like No Other: 2020 in Pictures | The New York Times

Pierre Bourdieu & Robert Chartier – Série de 5 entretiens

We hope you have a Merry festive period and we’ll see you in 2021.

Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël!