Blue Star Brief December 2016

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A New Approach to International Trade

Karen Tramontano authors report from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University

This month, Blue Star Strategies announced the publication of a new report 
authored by CEO Karen Tramontano and published by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University.

With growing public sentiment against trade and political leaders on both the left and right opposing international trade agreements, Karen argues that the United States needs a new approach to international trade that addresses the inequities that many believe damage America's national interest while preserving the good that trade does in the world.

We invite you to download this timely report and we look forward to continuing this vital conversation in the days and months to come.

Download the report here.  

With best regards,

The Blue Star Strategies Team  

Insight & Analysis

Blue Star Strategies brings seasoned perspective to our work across diverse industry sectors,
which inform our strategic consulting and advocacy services.

Fairness Award Honors Three Outstanding Global Leaders

Karen Tramontano reflects on 15 years of leading the Global Fairness Initiative and the 6th annual Fairness Award ceremony this year honoring leaders dedicated to economic justice, fairness, and equality.

Click here to read the full article...

European Electoral Update 

Gabriella Ippolito reports on the closely watched votes in Italy and Austria, which have been seen as 
gauges of support for the EU and the strength of Europe's populist and far right political parties.

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Aligning Social Purpose with Strategy

Blue Star Strategies highlights the work of an 
innovative company that is leveraging new technologies to drive sustainable energy and economic development in Africa.

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Tips & Recommendations

Blue Star Strategies works with diverse clients around the world and is committed to the pursuit of learning and growth from our many enriching relationships and partnerships.

Modern European Dining...In London
What We're Reading

Karen Tramontano

Le Capricea long-standing destination serving British, European and American cuisine and located in the St James's central district in London near Piccadilly, Mayfair and the West End.

During Karen's recent visit, she found this local icon to be the perfect blend of atmosphere, energy (while still quiet enough for conversation), great service, and delicious dishes. She recommends trying the "exquisitely prepared 
thai-baked sea bass with fragrant rice."

Le Caprice
Arlington House, 20 Arlington Street, London SW1A 1RJ
Tube: Green Park tube Tel. +44 20 7629 2239 Three courses: £31.05

Sally Painter 

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914by Christopher Clark.

This fresh investigation into the explosive beginnings of World War I argues that the conflict was far from inevitable and that attempts to assign a single, causal explanation for the war underplays the inherently destabilizing role played by Europe's deep ethnic and nationalistic factions and divisions.

Jeff Gedmin recommends...

How Stable Are Democracies? 'Warning Signs Are Flashing Red,' by Amanda Taub in The New York Times.

In the News

Blue Star Strategies professionals provide regular commentary and analysis on
television, online, and in print. Click here for our recent appearances.

Broken Embraces: Is Central Europe Falling Out of Love with the West? by Jeff Gedmin, published by the Atlantic Council's Future Europe Initiative

Losing America's Voice—and Moreby Jeff Gedmin in The American Interest

Goodbye NATO, Hello Putin? by Jim Arkedis, president of 4DPAC in U.S. News & World ReportSally Painter serves on the board of 4DPAC.

In Time of Trump, Advice to Friends of Ukraine (And Democracy), by Jeff Gedmin in New Atlanticist and Newsweek

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