Daniel P. Erikson

United States  |  Managing Director , Blue Star Strategies

Daniel P. Erikson is Managing Director at Blue Star Strategies, LLC, where he leads the firm’s Latin America practice representing U.S. corporations across Latin America and the Caribbean and Latin American businesses with interests in the United States. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

Previously, Mr. Erikson served in the White House as special advisor to the Vice President, where he focused on Western Hemisphere Affairs and covered foreign affairs and national security issues. Erikson helped lead the Obama Administration’s efforts to secure $750 million in assistance for the Northern Triangle of Central America, and to deepen support for Colombia’s peace process. In 2015, Erikson was a member of the State Department negotiating team that re-established U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961. In June 2017, he received the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for his diplomatic contributions in Latin America.

In addition to his U.S. government experience, Mr. Erikson previously served as director of Caribbean Programs and senior associate for U.S. Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue. A widely published scholar, Mr. Erikson is the author of several award-winning books and has contributed chapters to numerous edited volumes.

Erikson was an event speaker at the Dialogue.


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Who or What Is Behind the ‘Sonic Attacks’ in Cuba?

The U.S. State Department in early October expelled 15 Cuban diplomats in protest of what it said was Cuba’s failure to protect American envoys in Havana from a series of mysterious attacks that caused hearing loss and other ailments. What do the decisions to expel and withdraw diplomatic staff indicate about the future of U.S.-Cuban relations?


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A Summit on the Brink: Trump in Latin America

When leaders from nearly all the countries of the Americas gather in Lima, Peru next week, the unique circumstances may lead to a historic event: the first Summit of the Americas defined by honesty about the fundamental disagreements that shape the relationships among the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. 

˙Daniel P. Erikson


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