#BlueStarBrief September 2019

Insight and Analysis

View from Argentina:
Dan Erikson Travels to Buenos Aires

Dan Erikson reports on his trip to Argentina after its recent presidential elections, which offered a unique opportunity to understand the goals and concerns of key figures in Argentine society and politics.

Read it here.

(Photo: Dan Erikson with Argentina Secretary of Foreign Trade Marisa Bircher)

Will France's Digital Tax Create a New Fiscal Paradigm?

By Mathilde Defarges

Our Paris office reports that French efforts to create a new OECD framework for the taxation of digital services will impact the bottom line of tech giants and the way multinational corporations structure their operations.

Read it here.

Promoting Civil Dialogue in an Age of Discord

By Jeremiah J. Baronberg

We report on an inspiring event on the sidelines of the upcoming annual UN General Assembly that is attempting to bridge the divide of adversarial discourse through open-minded and respectful dialogue.

Read it here.

2020 US Presidential Campaign Update

As we approach the U.S. presidential election in November 2020, we are providing regular updates and developments from the campaign trail.

Candidates for the Democratic party nomination for president are continuing their campaigns, while positioning themselves to take part in their third national debate—tonight, September 12—in Houston, Texas. Based on stricter polling and fundraising criteria, only 10 candidates qualified to participate in the debate (although another 10 candidates are still in the running).

Tonight's debate will feature these 10 Democratic candidates for the first time on a single stage: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.

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 next round of Democratic party debates are set for:

  • 3rd debate: Houston, Texas — September 12 (ABC News/Univision)
  • 4th debate: Ohio — October 15-16
  • 5th debate: Location to be determined — November
  • 6th debate: Location to be determined — December

Sally Painter Joins GLOBSEC International Advisory Board

Sally Painter has joined the International Advisory Board of GLOBSEC, a global think-tank based in Bratislava, Slovak Republic that works to enhance security, prosperity, and sustainability in Europe and throughout the world.

I am truly honored to join the International Advisory Board of GLOBSEC, an organization at the forefront of many of the most pressing issues facing our world,” said Ms. Painter. “I look forward to partnering with the GLOBSEC team to advance its goal of providing a better understanding of global trends and their consequences for society, the global economy, and international security.”

“We are delighted to have Sally join our International Advisory Board, comprised of former prime ministers and senior government officials, distinguished policy influencers, and business leaders,” said GLOBSEC President Róbert Vass. “Her deep and long-standing commitment to transatlantic relations and Central Europe will be a tremendous asset in helping GLOBSEC implement our mission of shaping global debate through research activities and connecting key experts on foreign and security policy.

Dan Erikson Provides Breaking News Analysis on Latin America

Dan Erikson continues to provide up-to-the-minute analysis on breaking developments in Latin America, posting on Axios on Guatemala's presidential election and the Taiwanese president's tour through the Caribbean.

Dan also provided analysis on Venezuela and U.S. economic sanctions on CNN en Español and in the Miami Herald.

Staff Milestones

Congratulations and best wishes to Etienne Bodard (below, left) who married Sylvain Eyraud in Provence in the South of France...

Kudos and way-to-go to Karen Tramontano (below, right) who received her 5th degree (!!) black belt in Taekwondo...


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