#BlueStarBrief December 2018

Blue Star Strategies marks the passing of
President George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States.

In addition to his many years of public service, President Bush helped guide the world out of the Cold War while managing difficult transitions, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

We honor President Bush and his legacy of leadership and service.

Insight and Analysis

US Midterm Elections:
Now that the dust has settled

By Karen A. Tramontano

With the final tallies now in, it may be helpful to respond to the frequently asked question—who actually won the 2018 US Midterm elections?

Read it here.

Towards a New Balance of Power:
2019 European Election Preview

By Mathilde Defarges and Etienne Soula

Our Europe office previews the 2019 EU Parliament elections, which are likely to create shifting coalitions that will have to take into account an unprecedented amount of interests.

Read it here.

"Soft Power" Update:
US Forms New International Development Assistance Agency

By Jesica Lindgren and Gabriella Ippolito

We report on the new US BUILD Act, designed to offer increased flexibility in lending and spur greater private sector participation in international development.

Read it here.

Karen Tramontano Speaks on US Midterm Elections

Karen Tramontano provided analysis of the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections to viewers on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world.

The night of the election, Karen was interviewed on Britain's Sky News. After the dust settled, Karen was hosted in Paris by the French-American Foundation – France for a discussion on "U.S. Midterm Elections: What's next?"

Sally Painter Keynotes Banking Conference in Puerto Rico

Sally Painter delivered the keynote address on "The Challenges of Obtaining a Place on the International Economic Stage" at the first Puerto Rico Economic & Compliance Conference: A Culture of Compliance Leads to Economic Stability and Success in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The conference was sponsored by Bancrédito International Bank & Trust, BDO, Capitalia, DLA Piper, Lewish Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLC, McConnell Valdés, and Value Advisory Group.

Dan Erikson Speaks on Latin America Trade and Investment

Dan Erikson spoke on the panel discussion, Institutions for Development: What Lies Ahead in the Caribbean? in Washington, DC hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Inter-American Development Bank. Click here to watch the video.

Dan also spoke at a conference organized by the European Union Delegation to the USA in Miami, Florida on the panel, "EU Trade for All as Reflected in Regional Agreements – A Model for a New Approach to Trade and Investment." Click here to watch the video.

Dan also published analysis of the inauguration of Mexico's new president. Click here to read.

Tips and Recommendations

Bistro Dining at Jòia...
in Paris, France

Karen, Sally, Etienne,
and Mathilde recommend...

Jòia, a chic new Parisian bistro-style restaurant from Michelin star chef Hélène Darroze.

Jòia, which means "joy" in the Béarnese dialect, pays homage to Chef Darroze's
grandmothers "Louise and Charlotte" and to her roots in southwest France.

Don’t miss the "mille-crêpes au thé matcha," made with multiple layers of thin Breton pancakes, mascarpone cheese, and matcha tea. Uncommon and delicious!

Jòia, 39 Rue des Jeuneurs 75002 Paris 2, France, Tél : 01 40 20 06 06

Eating, Shopping, and History...
in Mexico City, Mexico

Gabriella recommends...

Azul Condesa for brunch and homemade tortillas, San Angel Inn for lunch, brunch, or pastry and coffee, and Dulcinea for lunch or dinner.

Make sure to also visit the Bazaar Sabado in San Angel for handicrafts and gifts, as well as the Templo Mayor and National Museum of Anthropology.

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