#BlueStarBrief July 2017

Blue Star Strategies, LLC is an international strategic consultancy based in Washington, DC with offices in Europe and Latin America. We work with public and private sector clients to help solve their business and policy challenges in the United States and in emerging markets around the world.

Welcome Dan Erikson

We are thrilled to welcome to the firm our newest team member, Daniel P. Eriksonwho will serve as Managing Director of our Latin America practice.

Dan joins us having previously served in the White House as Special Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs to the Vice President.

Read more about Dan here.

In this month's Blue Star Brief, Dan shares his insights about the newly influential Latin America trade group, the Pacific Alliance, comprised of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

Please join us in welcoming Dan to the team.

With best regards,

The Blue Star Strategies Team

Insight and Analysis

Regional Spotlight: Latin America

Dan Erikson, our new Managing Director for Latin America, shares his insights on the newly influential regional trade bloc, the Pacific Alliance, comprised of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.


Policy Analysis: Post-ISIS Middle East

James Le Grice of UK-based Four Communications writes about the factors affecting Western interests in a post-ISIS Middle East.


Emerging Market Focus:

Tamar Gegechkori analyzes the key sectors for foreign investment in Georgia, including opportunities in energy, hospitality and real estate, manufacturing, and agribusiness.

Karen Tramontano Addresses Foreign Diplomatic Corps

Panel Briefing on 2017 Pew 
Global Attitudes Survey

Karen Tramontano spoke at a panel briefing for the foreign diplomatic community hosted at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC focusing on the results of the Pew Research Center's 2017 Global Attitudes Survey. The audience included ambassadors, senior embassy officials, and representatives from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

With many countries around the world currently asking questions about how best to engage with the U.S. government, Karen's presentation focused on how foreign embassies can navigate Washington and improve their countries' political, economic, cultural, and investment standing, including by focusing special attention at the state and local level through direct engagement with Governors, Senators, State legislatures, local economic groups, and media.

Congratulations ILO Washington Director Nancy Donaldson

Congratulations to our longtime friend, mentor, partner, and colleague, Nancy Donaldson, who retires after 37 years of working life, including 15 years with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Nancy has been a wonderful and tireless advocate for many important global issues and challenges over the years. We couldn't have imagined these past decades without her wise and thoughtful engagement and leadership.

We wish Nancy all the best in her new adventures.

Tips and Recommendations

In Kyiv, Ukraine

Sally Painter recommends...

Ostannya Barykada ("The Last Barricade"),
serving traditional Ukrainian cuisine in the heart
of Kyiv's Maidan (Independence) Square.

Fashioned as a museum of sorts, the interior
is d
ecorated with photos and memorabilia of historical moments from Ukraine's modern independence movements.

When arriving, be prepared to provide the
"secret" password: 
Boritesya i poborete!
Fight and win!

Ostannya BarykadaMaidan Square, 1, near Lyadsky Gate, Kyiv 01001, Ukraine
+380 68 907 1991

What We're Seeing

Jeremiah Baronberg recommends...

Dear Evan Hansen, the original Broadway theater show that swept the 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

This tremendously moving production features upbeat music, an unforgettable cast, and a compelling story for modern times that resonates deeply with a wide range of ages and audiences far beyond the show's final curtain.

Currently playing on Broadway in New York City, the show will launch a U.S. national tour beginning in Summer 2018.

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