#BlueStarBrief September 2018

Insight and Analysis

On U.S. Labor Day, Wage Stagnation

By Jeremiah J. Baronberg

While celebrating the historic progress and achievements of American workers, we lament the glaring lack of real wage growth amidst a strong labor market.

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Spotlight on NAFTA: Deal or no Deal?

By Daniel P. Erikson and Gabriella Ippolito

Our Latin America team recounts the  announcement by the Trump administration that the U.S. has reached a preliminary agreement with Mexico, while negotiating a new deal with Canada.

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U.S.-Turkey Relations Strain NATO

By Jeremiah J. Baronberg

We provide a brief overview and implications of a recent deterioration in the bilateral relationship between two of NATO's longest standing members, the United States and Turkey.

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Jeff Gedmin Joins Board of Justice for Journalists Foundation

Jeff Gedmin joined the Advisory Board of the newly created Justice for Journalists Foundation, founded by the prominent Russian exile dissident, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

We asked Jeff about the Foundation and his inspiration for joining it:

Q. What is the mission of the Justice for Journalists Foundation? Why was it founded?

JG: : The impetus for the foundation’s establishment was the recent murder of three Russian journalists killed in an ambush in the Central African Republic. The three journalists had undertaken an investigation of the activities of a mercenary group linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin and previously deployed in Syria and Ukraine. The mission of the Justice for Journalist Foundation is to support independent investigations into crimes against journalists—world-wide.

Q. What drew you to want to be involved?

JG: I worry today about democracy in retreat, and our urgent need to preserve responsible, independent journalism around the world. Too often when journalists are jailed or killed we denounce the perpetrators, yet little more gets done. It’s hard work to bring culprits to justice. It takes time, money, legal assistance, and political capital. We hope this new effort, working with other important groups already active in this realm, will bring fresh energy and focus to holding those accountable who seek to intimidate and deter free and independent journalism.

Q. What will be the impact of the Foundation?

Let’s see if the Justice for Journalist Foundation can make a mark. The name says it all in terms of short term aims. Over time there will be success if the enemies of free media turn out to be the ones in retreat.

Q. What will be your particular role and activities within the Foundation?

JG: I look forward to working with fellow board members and the foundation’s executive leadership team to help set our strategic direction, to raise monies, and to spotlight the foundation’s important work.

Thought Leadership

Impact of Trade Policy Developments, BAFT Annual Conference on International Trade
Panelist: Karen A. Tramontano
September 27, 2018
Bankers Association for Finance and Trade

Gender Equality Issues and Sustainable Development, Sustaining Peace & Development in the Changing World
Panelist: Sally A. Painter
September 27, 2018
Nizami Ganjavi Foundation

El rompecabezas de la Alianza del Pacífico
By Daniel P. Erikson
August 21, 2018
El Caribe (Spanish)

Reflections on Prague Spring 50th Anniversary
By Jeffrey Gedmin
August 21, 2018
Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of EU Parliament

The Toughest Challenges Facing Colombia's New President
By Daniel P. Erikson
August 7, 2018

A Taste of Kölsch: A View from Germany
By Jeffrey Gedmin
July 27, 2018
The American Interest

Tips and Recommendations

Atelier des Lumiè Paris

Jeremiah Baronberg recommends...

Atelier des Lumières museum in Paris, with its jaw-dropping, immersive interpretations of great works by Klimt, Van Gogh, and others, based on a concept from Les-Baux-de-Provence in the south of France.

Watch this video for a taste.

Make sure to buy timed tickets in advance to avoid the long queues and then stay as long as you like. A great spot for kids with its open spaces and large scale art all set to music. They'll dance!

Plus a lovely gift store with modern art pieces, Klimt retrospectives, and fun games and art inspired toys.

L'Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur 75011 Paris 11, France

Where to London

Jeff Gedmin recommends...

Delamina restaurant for casual elegant Mediterranean cuisine and Rochelle Bar & Canteen at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, a meeting place for local journalists and politicos.

Delamina, 56-58 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U 2NX, +44 020 3026 6810

Rochelle ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, +44 (0)20 7930 3647, between Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, and Piccadilly Circus

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