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George W. Bush Institute Introduces The Catalyst, a Quarterly Digital Policy Journal

January 20, 2016

DALLAS, Texas

The George W. Bush Institute today launched The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.  The quarterly digital policy publication is available free of charge at bushcenter.org/catalyst.

Each issue of The Catalyst presents compelling essays that address a central policy question or theme. Along with Bush Institute directors and fellows, The Catalyst convenes leading experts and writers, as well as new and rising voices, to address each topic.

"We know that ideas matter—they shape policy and drive action,” said William McKenzie, editorial director at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and editor of The Catalyst. “We want to find a way to discuss some of the day’s biggest challenges, to look at an issue from all sides, and to elevate the conversation and the ideas around a given topic. The Catalyst provides an opportunity for that level of conversation to happen, as we welcome contributors not only from the public sector, but also from the military, from academia, and from corporate America."

Contributors to the first issue include George Shultz, Ron Kirk, Mark Cuban, Maya MacGuineas and Richard Brookhiser, along with Margaret Spellings, Jon Kyl, Joe Lieberman, and Robert Kagan. Bush Institute directors and fellows, including Amanda Schnetzer, Miguel Howe and Ruben Navarrette, also have written pieces for this edition, which looks at ways in which America can engage and lead the world over the next four years and draws attention to challenges that need leadership here at home.

The Bush Institute will formally introduce the publication at an event this evening at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Speakers will include Margaret Spellings, president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former Senators Jon Kyl and Joe Lieberman, Senator Rob Portman and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, a Bush Institute education fellow.

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About The Catalyst

The Catalyst is a non-partisan, quarterly journal that operates from the belief that ideas matter. They shape public policies, spur action and lead to results. Each issue of the digital publication presents compelling essays that address a central question or theme, convening leading experts and writers, as well as new and rising voices, to address each topic. For more information, please visit bushcenter.org/catalyst.

About the George W. Bush Institute

Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. It raises current and thought-provoking issues and builds programs to address the challenges facing our nation and our world. The work of the Bush Institute is inspired by the principles that guided the Bushes in public life: education is the foundation of a successful life; freedom is a universal human desire; free enterprise is the engine of economic prosperity; and every human life is precious.