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Sally Painter and the 2017 Baltic Forum are featured in the Latvian press.

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Jeff Gedmin writes that had it not been for Helmut Kohl at Germany’s helm, history might have turned out differently.

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Jeff Gedmin writes that the Atlantic community still faces a profound crisis of confidence and to survive it, Europe urgently needs strong and enlightened leadership from within.

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Sally Painter and Jeremiah Baronberg write about the fundamental role that global institutions have played in fostering enduring peace, security, and prosperity across nations.

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Karen Tramontano writes that if President Trump truly wants to help American workers, he—together with Congress—should pursue a trade agenda that makes solving the problem of worker dislocation a priority.

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Jeff Gedmin writes about overlapping with Vladimir Putin in Dresden in the 1980s.

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Karen Tramontano writes that the U.S. needs a new approach to international trade that truly helps workers.

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Jeff Gedmin pens a memo to the new CEO of U.S. international media.

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In a new report published by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, Blue Star Strategies' Karen Tramontano argues that the current heated debate over international trade is the outcome of a flawed public policy and political framework.

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

In the report, Karen lays out an ambitious approach to trade. Building on the "good" in recent trade pacts, Karen describes an approach with three critical elements: a more robust social safety net for American workers who lose their jobs due to trade; labor rights protections for American workers and for workers in trading partners to level the playing field; and integration of the benefits of trade into the discussion of foreign assistance.

"This paper isn't about the Trans-Pacific Partnership or NAFTA or any other trade deal that's been negotiated," says Karen. "It's about an approach to America's role in the world and the vital economic and foreign policy tool that is trade. In the current political environment, we need a new, holistic approach to trade in which everyone, including American workers, win. Fortunately, such a framework is achievable by building on recent progress."

The United States will never cease to be a trading power," says Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes. "But the debate around foreign trade today harkens back to some imagined era of American economic independence that simply never existed. The policy framework Karen Tramontano presents here is an important step forward if we are to preserve America's economic leadership."

Author Karen A. Tramontano is the Chief Executive Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC, an international government and public affairs firm that provides global corporations and foreign governments with results-oriented strategies.

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy is a think tank on the campus of Salve Regina University focused at the intersection of politics, policies, and ideas.

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Bill Danvers released a report on the elements necessary to assist Libya with its economy and the development of institutions that can provide the foundation for a revitalized nation.

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Jeff Gedmin writes on the convergence between the U.S. presidential campaign and Ukraine.

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Jeff Gedmin writes that if the EU is to survive in some form, it must start to tackle serious problems convincingly in the eyes of larger numbers of Europeans.

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Blue Star Strategies has supported Baltic International Bank for many years with their intelligence, open-mindedness, creativity, and international experience. Their involvement has been extremely helpful in promoting our agenda of acquiring new private clients and investors as well as shaping relationships with many influential stakeholders on private and public levels.

Ilona Gulchak, Chairperson of the Board, Baltic International Bank

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