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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
TARIFFIED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.