#BlueStarBrief June 2018

Insight and Analysis

U.S. Withdraws from Iran Deal

By Jeremiah J. Baronberg

Read our report on how the newly resumed U.S. sanctions will be implemented and what it means for European and global companies with business ties to Iran.

Read it here.

Venezuela’s Wild Week

By Daniel P. Erikson and Gabriella Ippolito

Our Latin America team recaps a head-snapping set of events whose effects will linger for months to come.

Read it here.

Energy Security Forum in Monaco

By Pero Jolevski

We report from Monte Carlo on important discussions to develop alternative energy sources and efforts to achieve European energy independence and security.

Read it here.

Karen Tramontano Speaks to Swedish Executives
on Lobbying and Social Media

Our CEO Karen Tramontano addressed the 2018 SACC-USA Executive Forum hosted by the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA and the Embassy of Sweden.

Karen's presentation and panel topic, "Business and Lobbying in an Evolving Social Media Landscape" was part of the overall theme of this year's gathering, entitled, The Age of Disruption: Exclusive Insights into Business and Politics.

Dan Erikson Interviewed on Spanish Language News TV

Dan Erikson was interviewed by CNN en Español on U.S. policy towards Latin America and by the Voice of America's Spanish language TV program, Foro Interamericano, about U.S. diplomatic and security issues in East Asia.

Click here to watch Dan on VOA.

Click here to watch Dan on CNN.

2018 Fairness Award Ceremony

Karen Tramontano and the Global Fairness Initiative hosted the 8th Annual Fairness Award ceremony at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.

The Fairness Award honors exceptional leaders for giving a voice to the invisible and enabling opportunity and justice for all vulnerable people.

The 2018 award honored Rita Thapa and her organization, Tewa, for its impact on women’s economic prosperity, empowerment, and leadership in Nepal.

Tips and Recommendations

Georgian Cuisine in Tbilisi

Tamar Gegechkori recommends...

Keto and Kote restaurant is a hidden gem located in the historic Vera district of Tbilisi.

Named after an iconic Georgian comedic opera, Keto and Kote's remodeled house is tricky to find if you haven’t been there already, so don’t feel bad for relying on Google Maps for the time being. It only adds to the excitement of discovery and anticipation of some truly authentic Georgian cuisine.

Mingle with locals who like to get away from overdone touristy spots, enjoy the views from the veranda, and don’t forget to try such Megrelian cuisine staples as elarji and gebjalia.

Keto and Kote, Zandukeli Dead End, 3, Tbilisi 0179, Georgia, Tel. +995 322 93 02 00


Where to Cologne, Germany

Jeff Gedmin recommends...

Hotel Chelsea, an art-filled boutique hotel located in the hipster chic neighborhood near Cologne's city center.

For more than 30 years the Hotel Chelsea has served as a "home away from home" for many artists, including Walter Dahn, Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Martin Kippenberger, Albert und Markus Oehlen, Andreas Schulze, Günther Förg, A.R. Penck, Georg Herold, Sam Samore, and Rosemarie Trockel—and displays their works in the guest rooms.

Hotel Chelsea, Jülicher Str. 1 50674 Köln, Tel. +49 (0)221 207150


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