#BlueStarBrief July 2018

Welcome Kenneth N. Frankel

Blue Star Strategies is excited to announce that Kenneth N. Frankel has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor with a focus on Canada and Latin America.

Ken currently serves as President of the Canadian Council for the Americas, the premier public and private sector forum for the Americas and link between Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University and Visiting Professor of Law at Ghent University and Western University.

Previously, Ken worked at the Organization of American States (OAS) as legal advisor to the Secretary General and the Director of the Department of Legal Services.

Ken's experience includes such roles as chair of the Latin American Practice Group at Torys LLP, general counsel at Alcatel Canada, chief international counsel at Alcatel España, chief counsel at Alcatel Polska, and chief counsel, Latin America (wireless) at Alcatel Germany.

Welcome to the firm, Ken!

Insight and Analysis

NATO Should Admit Macedonia

By Sally A. Painter

Sally makes the case for NATO to admit Macedonia as a new member nation, now that the dispute over the country's name has taken a recent positive turn.

Read it here.

Copenhagen Democracy Summit

By Karen A. Tramontano

Karen recaps her participation in the 2018 Copenhagen Democracy Summit, which she  says provided an inspiring environment for discussions about many topics essential to democracy.

Read it here.

Latin America Elections Update

By Daniel P. Erikson and Gabriella Ippolito

Our Latin America team surveys the region's year of elections with final electoral results in Colombia and Mexico.

Read it here.

Karen Tramontano Interviewed on Bloomberg TV

Karen Tramontano was interviewed on Bloomberg TV on the U.S.-China Trade Dispute.

Click here or below to watch

Dan Erikson Moderates Trade Discussion in New York

Dan Erikson moderated a panel discussion on the ins and outs of negotiating successful trade pacts, hosted by the European American Chamber of Commerce-New York.

The event focused on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) as an example of modern trade agreements.

Sally Painter and Jeff Gedmin Speak at
Central Asia Conference in Azerbaijan

Sally Painter and Jeff Gedmin participated in the 2018 CAMCA Regional Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan. This annual gathering focuses on advancing economic growth and social development in Greater Central Asia—comprised of Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Sally's presentations were on the strategic relationship between Europe and the CAMCA region, women's empowerment, and models for regional coordination.

The forum was hosted by the
CAMCA Network, Rumsfeld Foundation, and the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute in partnership with ADA University.

Karen Tramontano Speaks at Copenhagen Democracy Summit

Karen Tramontano participated in the 2018 Copenhagen Democracy Summit, an international gathering dedicated to strengthening the resolve of the world’s democracies by providing a high-level strategic forum exclusively focused on the cause of democracy.

Click here to watch the video of Karen's panel on "Nurturing Democracy through Economic Development."

Dan Erikson Lectures at Shanghai University

Dan Erikson visited China where he was invited to lecture on Latin America at Shanghai University and meet with Chinese scholars and academics focused on Latin America and international affairs.

Tips and Recommendations

Al Fresco Dining and
Historic Paris

Mathilde Defarges recommends...

Le Camondo restaurant and its namesake, the Musée Nissim de Camondo—steps from Parc Monceau in La Plaine-Monceau in Paris' 8th arrondissement.

This newly opened and distinctively appointed hidden restaurant basks in the beauty and history of its museum hostthe palatial residence of the Sephardi immigrant House of Camondo banking family, well-known patrons of the arts of the day.

Showcasing "one of the world's most exquisite collections of 18th century objets d'art,"
the mansion and its possessions—preserved in timewere bequeathed to the French state by Moïse de Camondo in 1935.

Le Camondo restaurant, 61 bis, rue de Monceau, Paris, Tel. + 33 (0)1 45 63 40 40

Musée Nissim de Camondo, 63, rue de Monceau, Paris, France

On Broadway...The Band's Visit

Jeremiah Baronberg recommends...

The Band's Visit, 2018 winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Score, and Best Director. Based on the feature film of the same name.

After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected of ways.

The show features great music and singing, including a full live band and a universal story that appeals to all ages.

The Band's Visit, The Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street (between Broadway & 8th Avenue), New York, NY, 10036

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