Your Friday Briefing

 » Réfléchir, c’est difficile. C’est pourquoi la plus part des gens jugent. »
Carl Gustav Jung

By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 05

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing


Immigration – We’re Here Because You Were There, by Ian Sanjay Patel | Verso Books
History – Merpeople: A Human History, Vaughn Scribner | Reaktion Books
Books Reviewed – Merpeople: A Human History by Vaughn Scribner, Reaktion, by Marina Warner | The New York Review of Books
Poland – Europe’s Growth Champion by Marcin Piatkowski | Oxford Academic


France – Is This the End of French Intellectual Life? Christopher Caldwell | New York Times Opinion
US vs China – Biden bets on alliances to push back against Beijing Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times
Nuclear Risk – French report grapples with nuclear fallout from Algerian War Austin Cooper | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Vaccine – “Britain’s outsourcing scandal”, by Robert Maisey | Le Monde diplomatique in English US/Germany – US hails German plan to send warship in China Sea | Euractiv
Big Bang – Distinguishing post-communist privatizations from the Big Bang, Branko Milanovic | globalinequality
Vaccine – Vaccine Efficacy, Statistical Power and Mental Models by zeynep tufekci
Russia – Biden’s Risky Russia Sanctions Game  Nikolas Gvosdev, Russia Matters
Yemen – Only a Strong White House Can End Yemen’s Civil War  Con Coughlin, The National
Africa – Great Power Competition Is Coming to Africa  M. Hicks, K. Atwell & D. Collini, FA
Economic behaviour – Witch hunts in pre-modern Germany | Aeon+Psyche
US/Iran – The US, Iran and Bargaining Positions  George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
US – A Foreign Policy for the American People, Antony Blinken | Department of State

Research & Analysis

Nuclear Risk – Radioactivity Under the Sand by Jean-Marie Collin and Patrice Bouveret | Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung | ICAN France
Economy/Freedom – 2021 Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage Foundation
Digital – The Progressive Case for Universal Internet Access | Tony Blair Institute
Netherlands – Geopolitical Genesis: Dutch Foreign and Security Policy in a Post-COVID World, Clingendael/Hague Centre for Security Studies


Vaccin – Pourquoi le vaccin AstraZeneca suscite-t-il autant de réticences ? | France Culture

Argent –Les nazis et l’argent : au coeur du IIIe Reich | ARTE


Your Tuesday Briefing

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 23

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Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing


About : Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire, Pankaj Mishra, by Kanishk Tharoor | The New Republic
History – Can Historians Be Traumatized by History?  | The New Republic


China –In the new Cold War: Germany wants to be neutral, India is increasingly pro-U.S., the Philippines is trending toward China, and Djibouti is a prized pawn | Bloomberg Opinion
Russia – Putin’s Killers: Russia’s 5 Most Powerful Weapons for Sale  National Interest
Joe Biden – Biden’s brief window to fix the world’s broken institutions, Adam Triggs | East Asia Forum
US/China – The Sino-American War of 2025: A Future History  Michael Auslin, Spectator
UK/Economy – Keeping up appearances: What now for UK services trade? Sam Lowe, Centre for European Reform 
US/Digital – From Washington to Florida, here are Big Tech’s biggest threats from states, Emily Birnbaum, Protocol 
US/China/Vaccine – The U.S.-China Global Vaccine Competition Derek Scissors & Dan Blumenthal | AEI

Research & Analysis

Nato/Proliferation – Reviewing NATO’s Non-proliferation and Disarmament Policy, by Katarzyna Kubiak | IAI  [PDF]
Nato/Digital – Cyber Defence in NATO Countries: Comparing Models, Alessandro Marrone and Ester Sabatino | IAI
OSCE – The Future of the OSCE, | The Wilson Center [PDF]
EU/Iran –Europe’s Defence of the Iran Nuclear Deal, by Riccardo Alcaro | The Intl Spectator || IAI | Taylor & Francis Research Insights
Covid19/Economy –Trade and Global Value Chains at the Time of Covid-19, Anna Maria Pinna & Luca Lodi | The Intl Spectator | IAI | Taylor & Francis Research Insights



UE/Iran – Europe’s Defence of the Iran Nuclear Deal: Less than a Success, More than a Failure

Your Thursday Briefing

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules. Ross Perot

By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, February 18

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Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing


De la démocratie en Pandémie. Santé, recherche, éducation Barbara Stiegler | Gallimard
« De la démocratie en pandémie » de Barbara Stiegler | Le Monde


Sahel – Sonnenfinsternis im Sahel, Issio Ehrich | ZEIT ONLINE
Germany/Russia –Russia holds the key to German sovereignty Pepe Escobar | Asia Times
US/China – Why U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Deal Flopped  Chad Bown, PIIE
US/Turkey – Small Steps Can Help Mend U.S.-Turkey Relations  David Lepeska, The National
US – Did Trump Permanently Change U.S. Foreign Policy?  Panel of experts, For. Affairs
Taiwan/Germany – Taiwan Doesn’t Owe Germany Any Help  Chang Feng-lin, Taipei Times
China/Vaccine – China: A Coronavirus Vaccine Superpower?  Ethen Kim Lieser, 1945
Martin Baron: « We Had To Be Much More Forthright about Trump » | DER SPIEGEL
Climate – To Fight Climate Change, Should Green Investors Reconsider Big Oil? | HBS Working Knowledge
Russia/Balkans – What Russia Wants In The Balkans, Zlatko Hadzidedic | Modern Diplomacy

Research & Analysis

South Korea – The Economic Pillar of Korea’s New Southern Policy, Françoise NICOLAS | Ifri [PDF]
UK/Diplomacy – UK Economic Diplomacy in the 21st Century | LSE [PDF]
UK/ChinaProtect, Constrain, Contest: Approaches for coordinated transatlantic economic and technological competition with China | LSE [PDF]
Europe/Afrique – Les relations Europe-Afrique à l’aune de la pandémie de Covid-19. | Fondation Schuman [PDF]


Santé –  De la démocratie en pandémie Barbara Stiegler

Your Tuesday Briefing

La politique est une question trop sérieuse pour être laissée aux politiciens.
Charles de Gaulle

By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, February 16

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Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing


« Boomers » – The men and women who promised freedom and delivered disaster by Helen Andrews | Penguin Random House
Review – Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster Kay S. Hymowitz | City Journal


Poland – Reflections on Poland’s Alliances  Jacek Bartosiak, Geopolitical Futures
US – America’s Other Forever War  Peter Beinart, New York Times
China/Vaccine – Will China Be a Global Vaccine Leader?  Deborah Seligsohn et al, ChinaFile
EU/Foreign Policy – EU Foreign Policy RIP  Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico EU
Germany/Russia – Germany’s Bridges to Russia Split Open Europe  Tony Barber, Financial Times
US – How to Rebuild the State Department  Robert Kaplan, National Interest
China/Uighurs – Uighurs in Exile Wait on the World to Act  Rachel Cheung & Benjamin Wilhelm, WPR

Research & Analysis

Energy/India – India Energy Outlook 2021 – Analysis – IEA [PDF]


Inégalités – Inégalités, précarité, des clés pour les surmonter | France Culture


Your Wednesday Briefing

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.
Hermann Hesse

By Azra Isakovic

Jan. 27, 2021

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Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing


Napoleon’s Kindle – See the Miniaturized Traveling Library He Took on Military Campaigns | Open Cultur
Book Review – Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law, by Deborah Pearlstein | War on the Rocks
Law’s Wars – The Fate of the Rule of Law in the US ‘War on Terror’ by Richard Abel | Cambridge University Press
Law’s TrialsThe Performance of Legal Institutions in the US ‘War on Terror’ by Richard Abel | Cambridge University Press


COVID-19 – A Race Between Vaccines and the Virus as Recoveries Diverge, by Gita Gopinath | IMF
US – Our Radicalized Republic, Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux | FiveThirtyEight 
US/EU – Working With the Biden Administration: Opportunities for the EU, Rosa Balfour, et al., Carnegie Europe  
US/EU/China – Making the World Great Again: Europe, the United States, and China, Radek Sikorski | Lisbon Council 
EU/UK/Indo-Pacific – Can the EU and UK Cooperate in the Indo-Pacific, David Hutt | Internationale Politik Quarterly   
Global/Health – The Sting in COVID-19’s Tail, Tarek Ghani | Foreign Affairs  
Middle East/Europe – Arab spring, European winter, H.A. Hellyer | Politico  
Nuclear – Revitalizing nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and China, Robert Einhorn | Brookings  
Nuclear – Extending New START Should Be Just the Beginning, Megan Dubois, Gaurav Kalwani, Pranay Vaddi | Carnegie Endowment

Research & Analysis

US/Technology – Draft Final Report, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence 
China – A Remarkable Resemblance: Germany from 1900 to 1945 and China today. Time for a NATO for trade? Robert D. Atkinson, International Economy 
Kosovo/Serbia – Relaunching the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue | International Crisis Group 


US/Russia – Engaging the Evil Empire  War on the Rocks
China vs. Australia – Essential Geopolitics: China vs. Australia  Stratfor Worldview

Your Monday Briefing : What you should know for Monday, December 28

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. Napoleon Bonaparte

Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Your Monday Briefing: What you should know for Monday, December 28

Vaccinations – E.U.’s Mass Vaccination Campaign Starts, With Nursing Homes as Focus by Melissa Eddy et Marc Santora | New York Times

The World in 2021 – A difficult year looms for the European Union | The Economist

The World in 2021 – The Chinese Communist Party turns 100 | The Economist

EU🇪🇺/#UK🇬🇧/ Brexit trade deal explained: the key parts of the landmark agreement  | Financial Times

EU🇪🇺/#UK🇬🇧/ EU member states begin process to approve Brexit trade deal | Financial Times

EU🇪🇺/#UK🇬🇧/ The draft EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement | European Commission

Ideas: The Triumph of Kleptocracy, by Franklin Foer | The Atlantic

The Good Son, by Franklin Foer | The Atlantic

2020 Is a Hinge of History  Hal Brands, Bloomberg

America’s History of Luck Is Running Out  Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy

The Many Questions That Follow the Brexit Agreement  Economist

Ethiopia’s War Casts a Shadow Over Sudan  Nasr Eddin al-Tayib, Worldcrunch

Foundation of a Russian Protectorate  Vladimir Socor, Jamestown

America Needs a Defense Authorization Act  James Jay Carafano, Heritage

5 Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2021  James Lindsay, Council on Foreign Relations

A Deal to End Brexit Delusions  Martin Wolf, Financial Times

No Telling Whether Brexit Deal Is Good  Stephen Bush, New Statesman

Small Print of Brexit Deal Is Reassuring  Steven Barrett, Spectator

A Win for Boris, for Now  Charlie Cooper, Politico EU

Tory Activists Give Early Thumbs-Up to Brexit Deal  P. Goodman, Cons. Home

The Brexit War Is Over  Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail

Your Monday Briefing – Votre briefing du lundi

“All men are born free: just not for long.” John le Carré

Azra Isakovic

By Azra Isakovic

Dec. 21, 2020

Good morning

Covid-19 – The Coronavirus Is Mutating. What Does That Mean for Us? | The New York Times

TechnologySocial Networking 2.0 | Stratechery

Books Architectures of Violence – The Command Structures of Modern Mass Atrocities by Kate Ferguson | Hurst Publishers

Books – “Mission Economy – a moonshot guide to changing capitalism” by Mariana Mazzucato | Harper Business

EXCLUSIVE: Jared Kushner helped create a Trump campaign shell company that secretly paid the president’s family members and spent $617 million in reelection cash, by Tom LoBianco, Dave Levinthal | Business Insider

Covid-19 – Effective leadership is the ultimate vaccine against coronavirus, by Peter Singer | The Independent

Covid-19 – How Science Beat the Virus, by Ed Yong | The Atlantic

Technology/China – No ‘Negative’ News: How China Censored the Coronavirus, by Raymond Zhong, Paul Mozur, Jeff Kao et Aaron Krolik | The New York Times

Energy – Coal 2020 – Analysis – IEA

Joe Biden/Foreign PolicyThe Demise of American Exceptionalism, by David Bromwich | National Interest

China/Taiwan – A Berlin Strategy: How Should America Respond to China’s Taiwan Threats, by by James Holmes | National Interest

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

Azra_Files : Your Thursday Briefing

« Liberalism defines government as tyrant father but demands it behave as nurturant mother. » Camille Paglia

Azra Isakovic

Good Morning

Here’s what you need to know:

China/Hong Kong/ Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow Are Sentenced to Prison Over Hong Kong Protest, by Austin Ramzy and Tiffany May | The New York Times

Coronavirus/ Why the U.K. Approved a Coronavirus Vaccine First, by Benjamin Mueller | The New York Times

Futurethink/ The Perils of Predicting With Futurethink  Brookings Institution

Class/Inequality/ The Gadfly of American Plutocracy | Boston Review

The Biden Transition/ Biden Wants America to Lead the World. It Shouldn’t By Peter Beinart | The New York Times

China/ How is China Managing its Greenhouse Gas Emissions? | CSIS

US/ American ‘Leadership’ Is an Outdated Concept  Peter Beinart, New York Times

US/Russia/ Russians Expect U.S. Relations to Worsen Under Biden  Russia Matters

Europe/ Reforming Dayton  Daniel Serwer, Foreign Service Journal

Russia/China/ Is Putin Really Considering a Military Alliance With China?  A. Gabuev, MT

EconomyTurning Hope Into Reality: OECD Economic Outlook, December 2020  

China/Digital / How should democracies confront China’s digital rise? Weighing the merits of a T-10 alliance, Steven Feldstein   Statecraft 

Russia/ Russia’s Lost War  Izabella Tavarovsky, Wilson Quarterly

China/Australia/ China Humiliating Australia as an Example to Others  Anne-Marie Brady, SMH

Defense/ The Next National Defense Strategy  Benjamin Jensen & Nathan Packard, War on the Rocks

US/ America First, Second, or What?  Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The Biden Transition/ 4 Foreign Policy CrisesThat Will Hit Biden Early  Alex Ward, Vox

Australia/China/ No Winners in Australia-China Trade War  Shiro Armstrong, East Asia Forum

Asia/ What RCEP Says About Geopolitics in Asia  Rocky Intan, The Interpreter

Brexit/ Why This Is Real Brexit Crunch, Why It Isn’t  E. Casalicchio & B. Moens, Politico EU

EU/Asia/US/ EU must look to Asia, as well as rebuilding trust with US | Financial Times

China/Technology/ Chinese state-backed funds invest in US tech despite Washington | Financial Times