2017 was an exciting year for Blue Star Strategies. To continue to provide effective and top quality services for our public and private sector clients, we welcomed four new colleagues and expanded our Europe and Latin America practices. We grew our institutional affiliations and made significant investments in our marketing and communications portfolio.
Our 2017 client portfolio took us to over two dozen countries around the world, from the halls of U.S. Congress to Latin American capitals to Directorates-General of the European Union. We engaged with United Nations agencies, the World Bank Group, and the International Monetary Fund on behalf of clients. We were inspired to chart new and creative ways to accomplish our clients’ objectives. Throughout the year, we worked to build international partnerships, strengthen democratic values and the rule of law, support inclusive economic growth, and promote high standards for transparent business and regulatory practices.
In 2018 we will be engaging across a number of business, governance, and policy arenas for our clients with interests in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and around the world:
In the United States…
- The Trump Administration concluded its first year in office with its first major legislative accomplishment, a new tax reform bill signed into law by President Trump in December. The Administration touted federal deregulatory actions as a hallmark of its approach, which it says will continue apace in 2018. Healthcare reform, however – and a full repeal of Obamacare – has so far proven elusive to the President and the Republican leadership.
- The Administration recently released its new Congressionally-mandated National Security Strategy, outlining its view of global challenges primarily seen through the lens of America’s economic interests and competitiveness. See an analysis here and here.
- In 2018, high profile issues that the Administration and Congress are set to debate, or have otherwise prioritized, include: Infrastructure, Immigration, Healthcare, Welfare, Housing, Trade Re-negotiations, Budget and Spending/Debt Limit, Iran, and North Korea. This, while the Trump-Russia investigation continues on the sidelines.
- The U.S. Congress recently averted a government work shutdown – although only temporarily until the next deadline on January 19 – while it continues to debate the finer points of a potential budget deal to keep the government open and running.
- U.S. midterm elections are set for November, with governing majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate at stake, as well as Governorships of 36 U.S. states and three U.S. territories.
- World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland –January 23-26
- International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington, DC – April 20-22
- NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium – July 11-12
- UN General Assembly in New York City – September 18
- Concordia Annual Summit in New York City – September 24-26
- International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Bali Nusa Dua, Indonesia – October 12-14
- Bulgaria and Austria will each hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first and second half of 2018, respectively.
- Among the key elections set to take place in 2018 include:
- Czech Republic presidential election – January 12-13
- Cyprus presidential election – January 28
- Finland presidential election – January 28
- Italy general election – March 4
- Russian presidential election – March 18
- Hungary parliamentary election – Spring 2018
- Slovenia parliamentary election – by July
- Sweden general election – September 9
- Latvia parliamentary election – October 6
- Luxembourg general election – October 17
- Ireland presidential election – by November
- Poland local elections – late 2018
In Latin America and the Caribbean…
- Peru will host the 8th Summit of the Americas on April 13-14 while Argentina will host the 13th G20 Buenos Aires Summit on November 30 –December 1.
- Among the elections set to take place in 2018 include:
- Costa Rica presidential and parliamentary election – February 4 (second round – April 1)
- El Salvador parliamentary and municipal election – March 4
- Colombia parliamentary election – March 11, and presidential election – May 27 (second round – June 17)
- Cuba leadership transition – by April 19
- Paraguay presidential, parliamentary, municipal election – April 22
- Barbados general election – May 2018
- Grenada general election – May 2018
- Mexico presidential, parliamentary, governors election – July 1
- Brazil presidential, parliamentary, governors election – October 7 (second round – October 28)
- Peru regional and municipal election – October 7
- Dominica presidential (by parliament) election – October 2018
- Venezuela presidential election – due in Fall 2018
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