Country Accession to the OECD
An Eastern European country that had regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991– and thereafter joined the EU, NATO, and the euro area – sought to gain accession as a member state to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the intergovernmental economic body founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.
International Non-Profit Working in Sub-Saharan Africa
A U.S.-based non-profit organization, well-known in Sub-Saharan Africa but seeking greater visibility domestically, engaged Blue Star Strategies to help expand its connections within the D.C. policy, international funding and development communities. For decades, the non-profit has provided workforce development services to at-risk populations across Sub-Saharan Africa. They specifically aimed to increase funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as to diversify their programming to become more eligible for funding from private sector donors and foundations.
Freedom of the Press in Latin America
News outlets and journalists in a prominent Latin American nation were facing a deteriorating environment of freedom of expression. Not only was the press subject to intimidation and financial pressure over its editorial independence, but it faced an international community that was largely unaware of its plight. Blue Star Strategies developed a comprehensive strategy to educate policymakers in the US Government, opinion leaders in the American press, and key decision makers in the international community regarding this collapse of press freedoms.
Hispanic Outreach Strategy
An Association of elected officials in the United States sought a strategy to evaluate and improve its outreach to the Hispanic community. The end goal of this outreach was to create a deeper and more productive relationship with Hispanic voters.
Overcoming Trade Obstacles for an Argentine Energy Company
YPF was Argentina’s leading hydrocarbons company, with expertise in exploration, production, refining, and marketing. As the largest company in the country, YPF was also Argentina's main investor, its second largest exporter, and - with more than 30,000 employees - one of its top employers. The US, however, had recently decided not to renew the General System of Preferences (GSP) that allowed Argentine firms increased access to the US market.
Opposition Political Party
A political party from an Eastern European country that had not been in government for a decade feared that upcoming parliamentary elections would favor the two largest parties, making their platform and leadership potentially irrelevant. The majority of local media was being controlled by the larger parties which made it almost impossible for an alternate voice to be heard. They feared that in this climate it would be too easy for one of the larger parties to manipulate the electoral process and threaten the country’s reputation as a regional leader that embodied Western democratic values.
European Bankers Association
An association of banks from Northern Europe sought to enhance its reputation and to correct misperceptions within the US about its country's financial services sector. It also sought to improve its technical capacity for financial monitoring in order to expand its relationships with international financial institutions. The country's emergence as a regional financial hub made it vital to pursue proactive efforts to secure its international financial standing.
An International Multilateral Organization
An international multilateral organization sought to enhance its profile in Washington, as well as throughout the US more broadly. Although the organization has been on the international stage for more than a century and impacts economies throughout the world, there had been little knowledge of the organization within the US, and less interest in engagement.
Extending Trade Preference Legislation
A non-US company sought to persuade the US Congress to extend trade preferences for imports originating in its home country in Latin America. Blue Star developed a dual communications and legislative strategy to educate the US Government - specifically policymakers in the Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce, the US Trade Representative, the National Economic Council, and the National Security Council - regarding the benefits of a trade preference extension.
Eastern European Nation
A former Soviet republic in Eastern Europe sought to enhance its bilateral relationship with the US and advance its goal of greater integration with the West. Given the new US President and Congress that took office in 2009, it was necessary for the country's leadership to reintroduce and re-position itself with Washington, primarily by presenting itself as a committed ally of the US and a defender of democracy, both domestically and throughout the region.
Visa Waiver Program Modernization
A coalition of seven Central and Eastern European countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia), each a strong ally of the United States, sought legislation that would allow for the granting of visa-free status for their citizens to travel to the United States.