How Enhanced Labeling Regulations Affect the Global Food Industry

Earlier this month, the Obama administration unveiled the most sweeping update to nutrition labeling on food packages in more than two decades, giving Americans a reality check about how many calories and how much sugar they are consuming. Whether this will affect consumer behavior remains to be seen, but how this regulation affects the food industry across the supply chain was the focus of APCO’s International Advisory Council meeting on March 20, 2014.Read more »

Posted on April 18, 2014 By
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10 Tips for Getting a Job at APCO

I remember September 1987 or, I should say, I can still “feel” September 1987, only because it was then that I felt the anxiety of looking for my first real job. I had just returned from a one-year Watson Fellowship (thank you IBM!) where I traveled to Europe and Africa to write about the intersection of public policy, media coverage and identity politics. I had been exploring emerging issues surrounding global public health challenges – provoked and unsettled by how some approaches to stemming the rise of HIV/AIDS, in particular, could also lead to policies that had major private consequences. Coming out of this extraordinary year, I assumed that my Amherst College credential coupled with my Watson Fellowship experience were enough to land me a job – without much effort. NOT A GOOD ASSUMPTION. So, it’s with profound empathy for those who are now looking for their first job, and perhaps also with the goal of making the interview more interesting for the interviewer, that I share the following:Read more »

Posted on April 18, 2014 By Nelson Fernandez
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Optimism Around Future of Renewable Energy & Clean Tech

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the American Council on Renewable Energy* (ACORE) National Renewable Energy Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., along with representatives from the energy and clean tech industry, NGOs, academia, professional services, and the U.S. federal government. While the renewable energy and clean tech sector clearly face challenges as it evolves and matures, there was a sense of excitement and optimism around the possibilities ahead, provided the right policies and regulations are put in place.Read more »

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2014 French Elections Analysis: Government Reshuffle

APCO’s 2014 French Political Snapshots series focuses on this year’s string of elections – the recent local French elections, the European elections in May and the elections for the French Senate in September. The ministerial reshuffle with a new Prime minister may also have an important impact making 2014 a key year in French politics.Read more »

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Analysis of Turkey’s 2014 Municipal Elections

The local elections held on Sunday, March 30, determined mayoral and municipal posts in Turkey, but they were seen as a broader referendum on the current ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This follows recent protests including Gezi Park last summer and months of corruption allegations against Erdogan and his inner circle. Exit polls demonstrate that the electorate has upheld their support for AK Party, with two polls showing the ruling party won 46% of the votes while the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) secured nearly 28%. However, as of 6:00 p.m. CET on Monday, official results have not yet been announced by the Higher Elections Board. Read more »

Posted on April 1, 2014 By
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Getting “Market Structure” Right

Last Friday, Gary Cohn, COO of Goldman Sachs, waded into the heated debate about the US financial market structure, the impact of technology and the complexity of the system. In an op-ed in the WSJ, Cohn became the latest voice in the call for change.
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Posted on March 26, 2014 By
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