Best of the fortnight - 4 November 2022
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Each fortnight BISA Director, Juliet Dryden, scours the internet for IR-related content that might interest you. Here she brings you this week's best readings and podcasts to keep you up to date with what's happening around the world.
- COP27 Climate Summit in Egypt: What to Expect. Lindsay Maizland for Council on Foreign Relations
- Why I logged off twitter. Whatever Elon Musk does, uses will be implicated in what happens to the site. That’s a responsibility we all have to take seriously. David Frum in the Atlantic
Russia and Ukraine
- What could bring Putin down? Regime collapse is more likely than a coup. Daniel Treisman for Foreign Affairs
- What is any are the chances of toppling Putin and who might take over? Nicholas James for the Conversation
- Former European judge: our enemy is Putin, not Russia. Franklin Dehousse for Prospect Magazine
- What new missiles is Iran providing to Russia and what difference will it make? David Salisbury for the Conversation
- Russia is trying to engineer a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Having failed on the battlefield, Moscow hits energy infrastructure. Ido Vock in the New Statesman
- Russia’s new strategy in Ukraine and the risks of a dirty bomb. Tim Willasey-Wilsey for Academia
- Another round of pointless and dangerous escalation as Putin blocks grain exports. Stefan Wolff in the Conversation
- Putin is rewriting the rules of siege warfare. Robert M Dover for the Conversation
- Podcast: Passports and Spies. Sheila Fitzpatrick talks about the perils of doing archive research in the Soviet Union during her academic career. An LRB podcast
- Podcast: How Europe’s Energy Crisis Exposed Old Fault Lines and New Anxieties. The Daily by the New York Times
- Podcast: War in Ukraine, Congress in China. The inaugural episode of Independent Thinking: a new Chatham House podcast which examines the latest developments surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Xi Jinping’s political report from the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party
- Podcast: Russia’s eventual defeat in Ukraine. Lawrence Freedman for the We Society podcast series.
UK and Europe
- The UK’s asylum system is in crisis, but the government – not refugees – is to blame. Melanie Griffiths for The Conversation
- ‘Hand-in-hand’: Finland, Sweden pledge to join NATO together. Joshua Posaner for Politico
- Armenia’s LGBTIQ activists fight on under shadow of war. Lucy Martirosyan for openDemocracy
- Podcast: Which version of Rishi Sunak will Britain get? The New Statesman Podcast
- Podcast: The rise of Europe’s far-right parties. Today in Focus by The Guardian
- Podcast: The making and meaning of Giorgia Meloni. She started out as the awkward outsider, a woman from humble Roman roots in an Italy whose politics have long been dominated by alpha men from the north. What was Meloni’s ideological journey and what does her rise mean for the rest of Europe? New Statesman Podcast.
- Ukrainians and Iranians have the same enemy. They should have the same ally. The goal is liberty. The US should be able to see that. Roya Hakakian for the Atlantic
- The attack on Paul Pelosi should be a moment of national reckoning. Jill Filipovic for The Guardian.
- Victorious Lula faces an uphill struggle with a damaged economy and a deeply divided country. Anthony Pereira for the Conversation.
- Brazil’s choice between fear and nostalgia. Mauro Fernandes for Prospect Magazine
- Bolsonaro has conceded. What next for Lula and Brazil? Francesc Badia I Dalmases for openDemocracy
- Podcast: Lula v. Bolsonaro. A look at the history of both candidates, their supporters and campaigns, and what was at stake in the contest. An LRB podcast.
- How Saudi Arabia Sees the World. Karen E. Young for Foreign Affairs
- Podcast: Can protesters topple the Iranian regime? Ido Vock speaks to the Iranian academic Fatemeh Shams about the Iranian protests. World Review from the New Statesman
- Podcast: Protests in Iran. Azadeh Moaveni talks about the demonstrations in Iran. To what degree do the protesters have a shared purpose, the history and significance of the veil in Iranian state policy, the effects of government oppression in the border areas of the country, and how Iran might change after Ayatollah Khamenei.
- Ethiopia’s peace talks may be overtaken by battlefield advances. The Economist.