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Azra Isakovic

By Azra Isakovic

Dec. 21, 2020

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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

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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


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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