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Bush Center Briefing: December 2016
This issue of the bi-monthly Bush Center Briefing was emailed to subscribers on December 2, 2016. Subscribe today to receive this update in your inbox.
LETTER FROM THE CEO
The Bush Center has had a busy last two months, putting the spotlight on issues that matter here at home and abroad. Along with what you will read below, yesterday marked World AIDS Day, an opportunity for us to celebrate millions of lives saved because of PEPFAR and the generosity of the American people. We are proud to continue that work through our affiliate, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, which builds on the PEPFAR platform that has delivered life-saving cancer services to more than 316,000 women in sub-Saharan Africa.
On Veterans Day, the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative presented a report on Confronting the Invisible Wounds of War. This work reflects our commitment to help veterans make a successful transition and recover from their invisible wounds.
The Bush Center has drawn headlines and spurred action as we fulfill our mission of engaging communities in the United States and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.
We thank you for your support, wish you a happy holiday season, and look forward to an exciting, productive new year.
-- Kenneth Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center
GROWING NORTH AMERICA
President Bush recently highlighted the benefits of North American trade in a speech that gained national attention. Following up on the President’s remarks, read our recommendations on how to further integrate the North America economy. Also, explore our updated North America Competitiveness Scorecard and our new web tool that demonstrates how trade grows our U.S. economy.
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SHINING LIGHT THROUGH THE DARKNESS
This week at the Bush Institute’s Forum for Freedom in North Korea, President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush called for increasing the focus on North Korea’s human rights abuses and grave security threats. They also announced a new scholarship for North Korean refugees rebuilding their lives in the United States. And Bush Institute fellow Victor Cha and Ambassador Robert Gallucci released policy recommendations for addressing North Korea.
FUN FOR THE FAMILY WITH IMBA MEANS SING
On December 13, the Bush Center will host our final Engage event of the year. Join us as we welcome the African Children’s Choir for an evening of musical merriment for the whole family. The program will include clips from the documentary Imba Means Sing. Tickets include admission to our all-new holiday exhibit, A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House 2004.
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IN THE NEWS
IN OUR WORDS
What We're Reading
From headlines on North Korea to commentary on the importance of school principals, here's a look at what the Bush Institute policy teams have been reading in the news this week.
Don't Fall for Protectionism
“Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.” In light of these words from President Trump’s inaugural address, his decision to levy tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum is not surprising. Those words also foreshadow his Administration’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership soon after he took office. And they provide a key to his Administration’s stated objectives in renegotiating NAFTA and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. It may not have been clear to all of the many millions of people in attendance that day just how important those words were. With those words, the President announced a fundamental change to an American approach to trade that has guided our nation’s policy for almost a century – a century in which, not coincidentally, the United States became the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth. In the NAFTA negotiations and, now, with the steel and aluminum ta
The Olympic Spotlight is on Korea, So Why Are the North Korean People Forgotten?
North Korea’s people are missing from the story when it comes to the Olympic Games in PyeongChang.