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The Bush Center Briefing
Volume 2 | Issue 3
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Letter from the CEO
Being engaged with todayâ€™s world, while remaining true to our core principles, is a top priority for us at the Bush Center. This Bush Center Briefing shows how we marry a contemporary presence with the lasting values President Bush defined in a 2003 London address.
As he declared then, â€śWe believe in open societies ordered by moral convictionâ€¦private markets humanized by compassionate government.â€¦ [and] economies that reward effort, communities that protect the weak and the duty of nations to respect the rights of all.â€ť
We apply those values in our work, including the efforts Amanda Schnetzer leads as director of Global Initiatives at the Bush Institute. Under her leadership, we are launching a program to promote democratic engagement at home and abroad. Two new fellows in that effort, Pete Wehner and Tom Melia, describe in this Briefing how the rights of all are best protected by â€śa powerful new consensus on behalf of democracy, democratic institutions, and American leadership, at home and abroad.â€ť
Similarly, Matthew Rooney, director of the Bush Instituteâ€™s Economic Growth Initiative, explains how promoting free markets and open societies is the best way to make the forces of globalization and automation work for more people. Thatâ€™s why we are hosting a meeting of Canadian and American business leaders next week to spur strategies that embrace free markets, support innovation, and respond to the economic concerns of disadvantaged regions and groups.
Writing also about our global work, Holly Kuzmich, the Bush Instituteâ€™s executive director, recounts the Bush Centerâ€™s April trip to Africa. Along with meeting government leaders, President and Mrs. Bush visited schools and hospitals in Namibia and Botswana. The trip, as Holly explains, reflects our commitment to save womenâ€™s lives from cancer, thereby enabling them and their communities to thrive.
You also will find in this edition an example of how we integrate Bush Center events with Bush Institute programming. On May 22, President Bush spoke at a sold-out Engage event about Portraits of Courage , alongside some of the wounded warriors he painted for that book and special Bush Center exhibit. Together, they highlighted the Bush Instituteâ€™s Military Service Initiativeâ€™s commitment to helping post-9/11 veterans successfully transition into civilian life.
In all aspects of our work, we strive to engage the world guided by a core set of values.
-- Ken Hersh , President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center
Engage Conversation: President Bush on Portraits of Courage
President Bush has dedicated much of his post-presidency to honoring Americaâ€™s post-9/11 veterans and helping them smoothly transition to civilian life, including addressing the invisible wounds of war. As he does so, the President has combined his appreciation for veterans with his favorite hobby â€“ painting. He recently spoke at an Engage event about hisbook Portraits of Courage , chatting alongside some of the subjects of his paintings, members of Team 43.
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Reaffirming American Leadership: Freedom, Markets, and Security
The democratic world order that emerged after World War II is under assault from those who never fully democratized or embraced free markets, write Peter Wehner and Thomas Melia , two new Bush Institute Human Freedom Initiative fellows. To counter this trend, the Bush Institute is launching an effort to reaffirm core American principles of political democracy and free markets. Galvanizing a new consensus around them will enhance freedom, markets, and our security.
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Effective Foreign Aid Creates Peace and Stability
Americans deserve to feel confident that their tax dollars are being wisely invested in programs like the Presidentâ€™s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, writes Holly Kuzmich , the Bush Instituteâ€™s executive director. Drawing upon the Bush Centerâ€™s recent trip to Africa, she explains how PEPFAR models how the U.S. government can run a highly effective, results-oriented program.
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Catching the Wave of the Next Big Thing
NAFTA helped create the digital revolution by encouraging Americaâ€™s workers, entrepreneurs, and investors to turn from fading industries to computer applications. The Next Big Thing is probably already present and technologically viable, writes Matthew Rooney , director of the Bush Instituteâ€™s Economic Growth Initiative. But we need the right combination of ready capital, entrepreneurial energy, and workforce to make it into an economic motor.
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News & Articles
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The Ticket | President Bush's Radio Interview with the Musers on the Ticket <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Fort Worth Star-Telegram| Wounded Soldiers Have a Place in George W. Bushâ€™s Heart, and Art <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
John F. Kennedy and Memorial Day: Service and Sacrifice in Pursuit of Security and Development <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
14 Things to Know About the Life-Saving Work of PEPFAR on its 14th Anniversary <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Warrior Open To Partner with AT&T Byron Nelson <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Dallas Morning News | How Information and Technology are Changing North Korea <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
The Wall Street Journal | Heroes on the Golf Course <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
The Ticket | Radio Interview with Colonel Howe, Director of the Military Service Initiative, and Sgt. Saul Martinez <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
The Laura Bush Foundation for Americaâ€™s Libraries Awards More Than $ 930,000 in Grants to School Libraries <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
NPR | George W. Bush Calls Foreign Aid a Moral And Security Imperative <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
CNN | George W. Bush: Foreign Aid is Essential <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
The Warrior Open In Pictures <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Bringing Freedom to the Forefront of 21st Century Politics <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Warrior Blog: Golf as Therapy <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
The Importance of Speaking Truth to Tyrants <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Tulsa World | Seven Reasons to Stop Worrying About the Trade Deficit <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Las Vegas Sun | Upping Assistance to Africa Will Greatly Benefit US <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
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