#BlueStarBrief September 2020

U.S. Labor Day Reflection:
Celebrating Essential Workers

Having celebrated Labor Day in the United States amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to celebrate workers—especially those known as "essential workers." It is equally important to know the facts about these workers, including the jobs they perform and the services they provide. The challenge for each of us is to continue to see the faces of essential workers long after COVID-19 is brought under control.

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The Importance of NATO and the U.S.-Baltic Partnership

By Sally A. Painter

The three Baltic countries of Northern Europe have long been allies of the United States and valued members of the NATO community. The United States has profound interests in maintaining NATO and the sovereignty and security of the Baltic region. Now is the time for the United States to rise to this leadership role by deepening our commitment to NATO and supporting the Baltic countries to foster a strong and united transatlantic community.

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2020 US Presidential Campaign Update
What is the Electoral College?

By Karen A. Tramontano

As the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches, many of our international colleagues have asked: "What is the Electoral College"? This question is always followed by: "Why aren’t U.S. Presidents elected by popular vote?" The latter question is especially poignant when five former U.S. Presidential candidates lost the popular vote but nonetheless went on to become President.

Thought Leadership

By Daniel P. Erikson in Inter-American Dialogue Energy Advisor...Will Rowley Keep His Energy Policy in Trinidad & Tobago? and in Inter-American Dialogue Latin America Advisor...Will Jamaicans Keep Andrew Holness in Power?


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