#BlueStarBrief June 2019

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary as a Firm

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of our international government relations firm.

We are deeply grateful to our clients for the opportunity to work around the world promoting governments, private industry, investment, and international trade.

We launched Blue Star Strategies in 2009 as a boutique firm with a vision to provide strategies and advocacy uniquely tailored to each international client seeking solutions that bridge the gap between governments, the private sector,
and nongovernmental organizations.

We take this opportunity to reaffirm our mission to provide outstanding strategies and successful outcomes through dedication and excellence.

Most importantly, we thank each of our valued clients, partners, friends,
and families for their ongoing trust, support, and inspiration.

With warmest regards,

Karen Tramontano and Sally Painter
Co-Founders, Blue Star Strategies, LLC

Insight and Analysis

EU Elections Result in Major Shakeup:
What Comes Next?

By Mathilde Defarges and Etienne Bodard

Our Europe office provides a debrief after the 2019 EU parliamentary elections, which resulted in a significant shift in the Continent's
political balance, highlighting a newly fragmented political landscape.

Read it here.

Spotlight on NAFTA:
Is the Clock Ticking for the USMCA?

By Daniel P. Erikson and Gabriella Ippolito

Our Latin America team analyzes the current state of the North American trade debate—now that the U.S. Trump administration has started the clock on passing a new deal with a deadline of September for ratification by Congress.

Read it here.

Leading With Decency:
New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern

By Sally A. Painter and Willa Lerner

We highlight the inspiring message of New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, who embodies a new form of leadership—one that balances kindness with strength, rejects racism and isolationism, and normalizes the inclusion of women and underrepresented groups.

Read it here.

2020 US Presidential Campaign Update

As we approach the U.S. presidential election in November 2020, we look forward to providing important updates and developments from the campaign trail.

Currently, the field of Democratic party candidates is taking shape, with as many as 24 men and women having officially announced their candidacies. Those candidates still campaigning in 2020 will compete in the Democratic party's primary elections and "caucuses" during the first half of 2020.

On the Republican side, President Trump, who was elected in 2016, is seeking re-election to a second term. The Democratic and Republican parties' political conventions will take place in July and August 2020, respectively, during which their presidential nominees will be officially elected.

The winner of the 2020 presidential election is scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021.

The coming months of 2019 will showcase a series of televised debates among Democratic party candidates, the first two of which will be:

  • Miami, Florida — June 26-27 (NBC/MSNBC/Telemundo)
  • Detroit, Michigan — July 30-31 (CNN)

Karen Tramontano Interviewed on Bloomberg TV
on US-China Tariffs
Watch video here

Blue Star Strategies Attends Energy Security Forum in Monaco

Prince Albert II of Monaco (below photo with Sally Painter) hosted the 4th annual Energy Security for the Future forum—featuring global policy makers and thought leaders, energy market players, and industry experts advocating for energy security and sustainability and promoting innovation and inclusion.

Dan Erikson Interviewed on Alhurra TV on US Trade Policies
Watch video here (Dan at 24:30)

Invitation to Annual Fairness Award on June 26

You're Invited! Join us on Wednesday, June 26 for the 9th annual Fairness Award ceremonies hosted by the Global Fairness Initiative in Washington, DC.

Click here or below to learn more and to register.

Tips & Recommendations

A Legendary the South of France

Sally Painter recommends...

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, a one-of-a-kind resort hotel on the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes—built in 1869 as a private mansion for writers seeking inspiration.

Enjoy lunch on the airy garden terrace overlooking the Mediterranean.

Historic, beautiful, delicious food, and total fun!

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Boulevard J. F. Kennedy, BP 29, 06601 Antibes, France +33 4 93 61 39 01

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