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Importance of U.S. global leadership, dangers of isolationism explored in the Bush Institute's quarterly publication The Catalyst

Featuring an essay by former Texas Senator and U.S. Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison and exclusive interview with former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Dallas, TX – The new Spring issue of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute explores why the United States must remain engaged in global affairs amidst growing isolationist sentiment at home. In the issue, top foreign policy experts examine the role of U.S. leadership across the globe – from Russia to Latin America to Africa and beyond.  

In an essay by Kay Bailey Hutchison, the former Texas senator and U.S. representative to NATO explains the role strong alliances play in successful U.S. foreign policy. In an exclusive interview with The Catalyst’s Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Tepperman, former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves shares why U.S. engagement in Europe – especially in Ukraine – will ultimately help America.  

A series of essays explores regional cases on why U.S. global leadership is essential to the future of democracy both at home and abroad. Jendayi Frazer, Duignan Distinguished Visting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, details how U.S. engagement in Africa can counter China and Russia’s growing influence on the continent. Natalie Gonnella-Platts, Director of Global Policy at the Bush Institute, examines how American policymakers can counter the Taliban’s barbaric human rights abuses and corruption in Afghanistan. Antonio Garza, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and George W. Bush Presidential Center board member, explains the importance of increased cooperation and partnership between the U.S. and countries in Latin America. 

Ken Hersh, president and CEO of the Bush Center, shares lessons the U.S. can learn from pop culture icon Taylor Swift’s growing global influence and leadership. J.H. Cullum Clark, Director of the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative, examines how America’s global leadership in technology and science can lead to improvements in well-being and opportunity for people around the world.  

On May 20 at 11:30 a.m. CT, a virtual Engage at the Bush Center, presented by NexPoint conversation will focus on the importance of globalism in U.S. foreign policy. Open to the public, the discussion will include a live Q&A with three leading experts and authors featured in the Spring issue: Jendayi Frazer, Antonio Garza, and Kay Bailey Hutchison. For more information about the webinar, visit  


What: Why U.S. Leadership Still Matters 

When: Wednesday, May 20 

11:30 a.m. CT 

Where: Virtual 


About the George W. Bush Institute  

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