#BlueStarBrief November 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 business and policy challenges in the United States and in emerging markets around the world.

Insight and Analysis

Three Elections That Mattered

Dan Erikson and Gabriella Ippolito report on recent national elections in countries around the world, including three that mattered to the futures of the Czech Republic, Venezuela, and Argentina.

UK-EU Trade After Brexit

Pero Jolevski outlines potential post-Brexit trade and commerce scenarios that maintain an economic relationship between the UK and the European Union.

Iran Looms Large in Middle East

James Le Grice of our UK-based partner firm contributes a piece on the strengthened hand Iran wields in the emerging Middle East.

Spotlight on NAFTA

Fasten Your Seatbelts, There's Turbulence Ahead

By Daniel P. Erikson and Gabriella Ippolito

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was in the cross-hairs throughout the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

In the first nine months of the Trump administration, the three countries have grappled with whether to amend, renegotiate, or terminate the world's largest free trade area linking 444 million people producing $17 trillion in goods and services.
Karen Tramontano Addresses Global Healthcare Companies

The Essence of Lobbying in the United States

Karen Tramontano presented to a visiting delegation of leading Swedish healthcare, health technology, and medical device companies at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC, in partnership with the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA, Inc.

Karen's comments focused on how foreign companies entering the U.S. market can best position themselves to achieve their public policy, legislative advocacy, and regulatory goals—at the U.S. federal and state levels of government.

The discussion also included analysis of recent developments in lobbying disclosure requirements and legal compliance procedures in the United States—and an update on the debate over the future of ObamaCare.

Click here for Karen's recent speaking engagements and presentations.

Dan Erikson Briefing on Latin America

An Insider's View on U.S.-Latin America Relations

Blue Star Strategies hosted a special discussion featuring Dan Erikson, our new managing director for Latin America who provided an insider's view on U.S.-Latin America relations in the new Trump Administration.

Dan reviewed what has changedand what has notin the U.S. approach towards Latin America during the transition from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, and highlighted opportunities and challenges ahead in hemispheric relations.

Attendees included leaders from the foreign diplomatic community and the private sector.

Click here for Dan's latest insights into the region.


Tips and Recommendations

In Lausanne, Switzerland

Sally Painter recommends...

L'Oustau, a French Provencal style restaurant located just outside the center of town on Lake Geneva.

This airy and causal eatery features healthy, fresh, and delicious ingredients in a creative menu favoring Mediterranean preparations.

L'Oustau, Avenue de Chailly 21, 1012 Lausanne, Switzerland. Tel. +41 (0)21 653 03 28 |


What We're Seeing

Karen Tramontano recommends...

Marshall, a new biopic film about Thurgood Marshall, the pioneering first African-American Supreme Court Justice of the United States, focusing on one of the earlier cases in his career.

Later, Justice Marshall would go on to famously argue the history-making case, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, which led to racially segregated public schools in the U.S. being declared unconstitutional.

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