#BlueStarBrief May 2018

Insight and Analysis

Cuba’s Passage of Power: The Good, the Bad, the Unknown

With the Castro era coming to an end, Dan Erikson surveys the best recent articles and books on what the future holds for Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations.

Read it here.

After President Macron's U.S. State Visit: The Devil is in the Details

Our French-American team recaps President Emmanuel Macron's April 23-25 U.S. state visit, saying that specific medium term milestones will be an important measuring stick for the bilateral relationship.

Read it here.

Spotlight on NAFTA: Overtime or Sudden Death?

Dan Erikson and Gabriella Ippolito share an update on NAFTA, where efforts to renegotiate the deal continue to churn forward more than five months after blowing through the initial deadline of December 2017.

Read it here.

2018 Monaco Energy Security Forum

Blue Star Strategies will attend the 3rd annual Energy Security for the Future forum in Monte Carlo, Monaco on June 1, 2018.

Hosted by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski's Foundation Amicus Europae and supported by the Ukraine energy company Burisma Group, the Forum brings together leading policy makers, key market players, and recognized experts from around the world to address emerging energy challenges and seek efficient solutions.

This year's gathering features global policy leaders, including former U.S. Senator and chair of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Mary Landrieu and David Goldwyn, former U.S. special envoy for energy affairs.

We look forward to sharing an analysis of the event, following our report from last year's gathering.

Join us at the 2018 Fairness Award Ceremony
Please join us on May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC to celebrate the 8th Annual Fairness Award, honoring exceptional leaders whose work and life have opened opportunity and access for poor and marginalized communities.

The Fairness Awards are hosted by the Global Fairness Initiative, a non-profit organization created by Karen Tramontano to promote a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development.

2018 Fairness Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Click here to reserve your tickets and for more information.

Dan Erikson Joins Penn Biden Center as Senior Fellow
Dan Erikson was announced as a Senior Fellow by the Penn Biden Center, founded by former U.S. President Joseph Biden. Dan previously served as Special Advisor to Vice President Biden at the White House and as Senior Congressional Advisor and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of State.

The Penn Biden Center engages the University of Pennsylvania's students and partners with its faculty and global centers to convene world leaders, develop and advance smart policy, and strengthen the national debate for continued American global leadership in the 21st century.

Sally Painter Speaks on Global Trade in Paris and New York

Sally Painter address a business gathering in Paris hosted by the French-American Foundation-France (FAF) and BNP Paribas on The Trump Era: Is There a Future for Free Trade in a Multilateral Trading System?

She also moderated a discussion in New York for the membership of the European American Chamber of Commerce New York Chapter (EACC-NY) on An Update on the Transatlantic Relationship: What you need to know about Taxes, Trade, Tariffs, and the Economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

Latin America Analysis by Dan Erikson

With the news that U.S. President Trump was skipping the eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru on April 13-14, 2018, Dan Erikson wrote in The Miami Herald that this would force a reckoning on the future of this crucial regional gathering. Click here to read.

After attending the Summit, Dan wrote in Foreign Policy magazine that U.S. Vice President Pence's announcement that the U.S. would seek to host the next Summit of the Americas in
2021 carries the potential to reframe and reinvigorate regional relationships.
Click here to read.

Tips and Recommendations

Nordic Cuisine in Washington, DC...

Sally Painter recommends...

Mikko's Nordic Fine Foods café, opening on May 1 in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, DC.

The brainchild of former Embassy of Finland Chef Mikko Kosonen, the menu features Danish-style open-faced sandwiches, homemade Finnish-style soups, house-smoked salmon, and traditional Nordic pastries like cinnamon rolls and cardamom buns.

You can’t miss the café: it is painted in the blues and reds of the Nordic country flags.

Mikko's Nordic Fine Foods, 1636 R Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20009 202.413.6419

What We're Reading...

Sally Painter recommends...

Fascism: A Warning, by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, drawing in part on her personal experience growing up in Hungary under Hitler and the Communist regime that followed World War II.


President Carter: The White House Years, by Stuart Eizenstat, former chief White House domestic policy adviser to U.S. President Jimmy Carter, draws on more than 5,000 pages of notes and 350 interviews of world leaders and providing and insider's view of how the presidency works.


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