#BlueStarBrief February 2019

Insight and Analysis

Venezuela: Is an Economic Rebound Possible?

By Daniel P. Erikson

Our Latin America team argues that Venezuela's current political disputes are occurring on a base of economic instability, which will have profound implications for the future.

Read it here.

Macedonia's NATO Accession:
Long delayed, finally justice

By Sally A. Painter and Pero Jolevski

We celebrate Macedonia's long-awaited NATO accession, in which the Alliance reconfirmed that its foundation—first and foremostis a community of values.

Read it here.

The Yellow Vest Movement:
Is France still ‘back’?

By Etienne Bodard

Our Paris office reports on the France protest movement that has forced President Macron to make concessions to his reformist agenda—even as he seeks to advance pro-business policies.

Read it here.


Karen Tramontano Named Co-Chair of Policy Institute

Karen Tramontano was named Co-Chair of the newly announced Institute of Politics, Policy, and History (IPPH) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

At the launch event, Karen joined District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, former District Mayor and IPPH founding Director Sharon Pratt, fellow co-chair and former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, and UDC President Ronald Mason, Jr.

The "IPPH will serve as an important platform for celebrating the history of our city, while inspiring spirited conversations around the tough issues challenging our country from its birth," said IPPH’s founding Director and former District Mayor, Sharon Pratt.

Sally Painter Participates in NATO Dialogue

Sally Painter participated in a high level discussion with European friends and allies focusing on the future of the Transatlantic relationship—featuring NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Dan Erikson Analyzes 2019 Outlook for Latin America

Dan Erikson spoke at the annual Canadian Council for the Americas conference on the 2019 Economic and Political Outlook for the Americas. Click here to watch.

Dan also appeared on CNN en Español and briefed U.S. Congressional staff on the evolving situation in Venezuela, posted on Axios about the presidential election in El Salvador, and was published in the Latin America Advisor on Guyana's political upheaval.

Tips and Recommendations

Fresh, healthy Soupergirl

Jeremiah Baronberg recommends...

Soupergirl, based in Washington, DC and shipping nationwide across the U.S.—creating fresh, delicious homemade soups from all natural, plant-based, seasonal and local ingredients.

Featured recently on The Today Show and Shark Tank, this start-up business was founded by a mother-daughter duo and inspired by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and its call for real, responsible food that supports local farms.

Don’t miss their wide variety of seasonal recipes—like Roasted Pumpkin Bisque in the fall and Root Vegetable in the winter. Once summer rolls around, the bottled cold gazpachos—watermelon, beet, and tomato—are otherworldy!

Soupergirl, 314 Carroll Street and 1829 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, sold in Costco and Whole Foods, and shipping nationwide
Parisian 'neo-bistro'...
near the Champs-Élysées

Mathilde Defarges recommends...

Le Mermoz, a 1920s style French bistro preserving the historic atmosphere of this former wine merchant in Paris' 8th arrondissement.

Chef Manon Fleury—who trained at L’Astrance and worked at Couillon in Noirmoutier, Sémilla in Paris, and with Dan Barber of Blue Hill famecreates a weekly-changing menu described by one diner as "like bouquets of delicacies...
seasonal and reasonably priced."

Enjoy their delightful amuse-bouche at lunchtime and tapas-style plates for dinner, together with a fantastic wine selection.

Le Mermoz, 16 rue Jean Mermoz, Paris 8e, Tel. +33 1 45 63 65 26,

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