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#BlueStarBrief October 2017

Blue Star Strategies, LLC is an international strategic consultancy based in Washington, DC with offices in Europe and Latin America. We work with public and private sector clients to help solve business and policy challenges in the United States and in emerging markets around the world.


Insight and Analysis


Crossroads for US-Cuba Relations

Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, Dan Erikson says we are at a highly sensitive moment in U.S.-Cuba relations, which requires a cool, calm, and strategic approach.


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Decisions for London Based Banks

With Brexit fast approaching, Pero Jolevski summarizes the new licensing
requirements
facing London-based international banks that wish to continue doing business in the European Union.


United States in the Arctic Region

Tamar Gegechkori reports on the strategic significance of this new frontier for competing interests over access and resources, including a new U.S. program to increase its fleet of polar icebreakers.


Spotlight on NAFTA

By Daniel P. Erikson and Gabriella Ippolito

Tensions are quickly escalating around the talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Hanging in the balance is the fate of world’s largest free trade area linking 444 million people producing $17 trillion in goods and services.
Mathilde Defarges Visits Washington
To welcome aboard our new Paris-based strategic advisor Mathilde Defarges, we organized a special working visit to Washington focused on supporting the French-American partnership and Transatlantic investment.

Click here to read more about our vision.


It was a great week of meetings with clients and partners and featured a special welcome dinner and breakfast discussion with leaders from the diplomatic community and private sector.

Bravo Mathilde!

 

Thought Leadership

Cuba 2018: What to Expect
Panelist: Daniel P. Erikson (video)
October 2, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations

EU culture wars: Legal debate over refugees masks deeper, explosive issues
By Jeffrey Gedmin
September 28, 2017
The Hill

The Caribbean After the Hurricanes: What Path for Recovery?
By Daniel P. Erikson
September 28, 2017
American University Center for Latin American & Latino Studies Blog



The Power of the Franco-American Alliance By Sally Painter and Mathilde Defarges, with Jeremiah Baronberg
September 26, 2017
Foreign Policy Association


Tips and Recommendations



A Famous Home...in London, UK

Jeff Gedmin recommends...

The Freud Museum, the former home and refuge of Sigmund Freud and his family after fleeing their native Austria and violent anti-Semitism following the Nazi Anschluss
annexation in 1938. The home remained in the Freud family until 1982.

The house features Freud's extensive collection of antiquities, large library, beautiful garden, and his study and consultation room (which he faithfully recreated in detail to match his office in Vienna), complete with the original famous couch on which his patients reclined.

The Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5SX. Tel. +44 (0)20 7435 2002
 

What We're (Re-)Reading

Sally Painter recommends...

The Federalist Papers, published anonymously in 1787 and 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay and a classic of Western political thought.

Given the current charged
political and civic atmosphere in the United States, we thought it was especially important to revisit the rootsand valuesof American democracy, which are more relevant today than ever.

Written by the early American Republic's founders, The Federalist champions some of the United States' most enduring ideals and concepts such as the separation of powers, checks and balances, states' rights, pluralism, tyranny of the majority, and judicial review.

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