Reading tips | The Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – May 2021

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  • Dominique Moisi. Erdogan, Xi Jinping et Poutine : trois hommes, une ambition (Les Echos) : Pour qu’un Empire naisse, il faut qu’un Empire meure ». C’est par ces mots que s’ouvre le générique de la série « Ottoman » sur Netflix. La formule pourrait servir sinon de clé de lecture aux politiques menées par Poutine, Xi Jinping et Erdogan, écrit Dominique Moïsi. Leurs ambitions ont pour ressort un esprit de revanche sur les humiliations subies dans le passé.
  • James Crabtree. The lay of the land: how geography shapes national destiny (Financial Times): Admiral John Aquilino, the US naval leader who is scheduled to take charge of America’s military forces in the Indo-Pacific, recently issued a stark warning about a possible future Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
  • Martin Wolf. China is wrong to think the US faces decline (Financial Times): The Chinese elite are convinced that the US is in irreversible decline. So reports Jude Blanchette of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a respected Washington-based think-tank.
  • Matthew Lynn. Never mind debts in Greece or Italy, it’s France that’s heading for a crisis (The Telegraph): Which country in Europe has the most total government debt? Italy, perhaps, as it grapples with a depression that appears to have gone on for decades?
  • Fiona Hamilton. China and Russia plotting control of key technology, says spy chief (The Times): Britain is facing a “moment of reckoning” over the cyberthreat posed by China and Russia and must adapt in the same way that animals do, the head of GCHQ has warned.
  • Ben Hubbard, Farnaz Fassihi e Ronen Bergman. Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets (The New York Times): Recent attacks suggest that Israel has a clandestine network inside Iran and that Iranian security services have been powerless to break it.

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