#BlueStarBrief November 2019

Insight and Analysis

A Turbulent Start for Europe’s "Geopolitical" Commission

By Etienne Bodard

The lagging process for installing a new European Commission reflects a new political landscape and balance of power following the EU parliamentary elections this past May.

Read it here.

Image Source: European Commission

Adios, APEC

By Daniel P. Erikson

In Chile, mounting public outrage led to the cancellation of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit this November.

Read it here.

Image Source: Fair use


2020 US Presidential Campaign Update

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

Candidates for the Democratic party nomination for president are continuing their campaigns and will take part in their fifth national debate—on November 20—in Atlanta, Georgia, which could see the smallest slate of candidates with only nine candidates currently qualifying to participate.

Participating candidates must meet the Democratic party's increased qualification threshold of registering at least three percent or more in four polls or, alternatively, five percent or more in two other polls as well as at least 165,000 unique donors.

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:

  • 5th debate: Atlanta, Georgia — November 20 (MSNBC/The Washington Post)
  • 6th debate: Los Angeles, California — December 19 (PBS NewsHour/Politico)

Sally Painter Introduces OSCE Secretary General

Sally Painter introduced a discussion with the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Ambassador Thomas Greminger at an event hosted by the Truman Center for National Policy and the Institute for Women's Policy Research.


Dan Erikson Engages with Dominican Republic

Dan met former president of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez at an event at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development.

Dan continues to provide up-to-the-minute analysis on breaking developments in Latin America, including on Haiti in the Miami Herald and the Bradenton Herald.

Karen Tramontano Speaks on International Trade in New York
and Sustainable Development at the World Bank

Karen spoke on the keynote panel at the 2019 World Trade Centers Association Member Seminar on "The New Normal: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?" in New York City.

Karen was also a panelist at the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings's Civil Society Policy Forum speaking on "Social Enterprises, Sustainable Investment and Decent Work."

Tips and Recommendations

Dining out in Mexico City, Mexico...

Gabriella Ippolito recommends...

Fonda Mayora in Condesa for a modern take on classic Mexican dishes

El Bajio for traditional Mexican cuisine in Polanco and the historic center

Rosetta in Roma for Mexican cuisine inspired by Italy and excellent baked goods

Baltra Bar for creative cocktails with Mexican spirits and ingredients


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